Nearly two weeks after four University of Idaho students were found knifed to death of their off-campus house, police have nonetheless not publicly recognized a suspect.
As college students emptied out of the college town for Thanksgiving, investigators as soon as once more returned to the taped-off homicide scene in Moscow on Friday — 13 days after Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21 had been discovered stabbed to loss of life on the home.
Despite pursuing numerous suggestions, analyzing greater than 100 items of proof and reviewing hundreds of photographs and movies taken earlier than and after the killings, legislation enforcement officers seem to not be any nearer to figuring out the suspected killer or killers.
Authorities haven’t named a motive for the early morning slayings and have failed so far to find the homicide weapon — believed to be a fixed-blade knife.
The Moscow Police Department has not supplied any replace of its investigation since Tuesday, after they ruled out a slew of suspects, together with the slain college students’ two different roommates Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen — who had been asleep in one other ground of the house and spared by the killer.
Captain Roger Lanier mentioned they’ve additionally dominated out Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend, Jack DeCoeur.
Police additionally mentioned they might not affirm studies that Kaylee mentioned earlier than her loss of life that she had a stalker — however are still looking into the report.
When the killer or killers struck, the 4 college students had been probably sleeping on the second and third flooring of the home someday between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., police mentioned. Some had defensive wounds, though it’s not clear which victims.
According to police, Chapin and Kernodle had been final seen on the Sigma Chi home on the University of Idaho Campus earlier than returning to the house round 1:45 a.m. Chapin didn’t reside within the house and was simply visiting.
Goncalves and Mogen had been at a neighborhood bar referred to as Corner Club on Nov. 12 between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. They had been noticed in line at a meals truck round 1:40 a.m. earlier than arriving again on the home at 1:45 a.m.
The subsequent morning, the surviving roommates referred to as different mates to the residence, believing one of many second ground victims had handed out and was not waking up, cops mentioned. Just earlier than midday, police obtained a 911 name for an unresponsive individual. When police arrived, they found the deceased victims.
The FBI has devoted 22 brokers in Moscow and an additional 20 additional afield, in addition to two profilers. Idaho state police have additionally put 20 investigators on the case.
Former FBI profiler Jim Clemente speculated that the killer is a youthful man and first-time killer, pointing to the riskiness of the crime.
“Going into an occupied dwelling with six younger adults, any of whom may have a knife or a gun or a cellphone to name the police is extraordinarily dangerous until you realize the circumstances inside,” the prison behavioral skilled and former New York State prosecutor advised the Post.
Clemente mentioned he believes it was a focused assault, however the killer “could not have recognized which room precisely the individual was going to be in.”
“They could have stopped at 4 victims as a result of they bought to their supposed sufferer,” he mentioned, noting it probably was not a “random attack.”
The Moscow Police Department also confirmed Wednesday that it was wanting right into a doable connection between the Idaho murders and the loss of life of an Oregon couple who had been fatally stabbed final yr underneath comparable circumstances.
Here’s the most recent protection on the brutal killings of 4 school mates:
Travis and Jamilyn Juetten, 26 and 24, had been stabbed to loss of life of their Salem condo on Aug. 13, 2021 after a masked intruder attacked them whereas they had been sleeping. The killer was by no means caught.
“We’re looking at every avenue and we’ve got different businesses reaching out to us with different circumstances and stuff that we’re going to comply with up on these,” Moscow Police Chief James Frye advised reporters.