Officials in Moscow, Idaho, will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon about the ongoing investigation into the gruesome murders of four local college students.
University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, were repeatedly stabbed and killed in the early morning hours of November 13 , officials said. Police have not identified any suspects.
Moscow police received a call shortly before noon on November 13 with a report of an “unconscious person” at the King Road home. Several other people had gathered at the crime scene by the time police arrived, officials said.
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The call came from inside the residence on the cell phone of one of the surviving roommates. Several people spoke with the 911 dispatcher before a Moscow Police Department officer arrived on the scene
Police said the 911 call “came from inside the residence” and came from the cell phones of one of the surviving roommates. Police said several people
Investigators determined that all four were likely stabbed in their sleep between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. after returning home from a night out. Some of the victims appear to have tried to defend themselves.
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Two other housemates were inside the house, on the first floor, at the time of the murders but were not injured.
They are all believed to have been killed using a single “fixed blade knife”, which has yet to be recovered.
Police said the victims separated in pairs earlier in the night. Chapin and Kernodle, both 20, were spotted at the Sigma Chi house on the college campus and reportedly returned home around 1:45 a.m. Chapin was not living at the house, but was visiting, police said.
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Goncalves and Mogen spent the night at a bar called The Corner Club, then drove to a local food truck, where they were seen around 1:40 a.m. They are believed to have been driven by a “private party” to his home. them at around 1:45 a.m., police said.
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The surviving roommates had also been out that night, but returned home at 1 a.m., police said.
Police said they evacuated the two surviving roommates, the person who drove Gonsalves and Mogen from the food truck and a person who was spotted on surveillance video standing behind the women from the food truck.
Officials said Thursday evening that investigators had received information that Goncalves may have had a stalker. Investigators “examined” these reports at length and “searched for hundreds of pieces of information” related to the stalker’s tip. On Tuesday, they had not been able to confirm the information or identify a stalker.
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Moscow Police Department officials are asking the public to share “all outdoor surveillance videos taken from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2022, of businesses and residences in” a specific area. A map of the area is below.
Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier said on Sunday that investigators had received 646 tips since the attack and had since conducted more than 90 interviews.
The MPD had assigned four detectives, 24 patrol officers and five support staff to the criminal investigation. The FBI has 22 investigators in Moscow, 20 agents in other parts of the United States, and two agents from the Behavioral Analysis Unit working on the case.
Idaho State Police deployed 20 investigators, 15 state troopers, a public information officer and a forensic services team to the scene, along with 15 uniformed troopers to assist in d other patrols.
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A manhunt continues for the person or people involved in the attack. In the meantime, the authorities have created a dedicated webpage related to the King Road attack.
Police are asking anyone with information or images related to the murders to call 208-883-7180 or email@example.com.