Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students
Police in Idaho have said that the murder weapon used to kill four University of Idaho students is believed to be a fix-blade knife.
On 13 November Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, were stabbed to death at the off-campus home.
Investigators said that Goncalves also may have had a stalker.
“Investigators have looked extensively into information they received about Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker. They have pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker,” Moscow police said in a Facebook post.
More than one week later, investigators continue to be baffled by the case, with no arrests made and no suspects identified – spurring mounting frustration from families and the community.
Police have also ruled out any connection between the murders and another incident on 21 November when a woman reported a man sitting in the front seat of her vehicle.
“Online reports created immediate speculation that implied there was a link to this incident with the ongoing homicide investigation,” the police said.
Killer ‘likely knew victims and layout of the house,’ criminology expert weighs in
Jim Clemente, a retired FBI agent, told Fox News Digital that the suspect behind the killings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, was likely a young man who had not carried out a murder before.
“He’s sloppy,” the behavioural analysis expert told the network. “This is probably more of a compulsive kind of person, that would put him at a younger age and, maybe in the age group or just above the victims.”
“I don’t think he’s particularly sophisticated, criminally sophisticated or forensically sophisticated.”
Mr Clemente, who is not working on the case, also told Fox that the murderer likely knew one of the victims, or had been stalking them recently.
Andrea Blanco23 November 2022 10:00
Investigators move boundary tape to cover back of the King Road home
Police have cordoned off the parking lot of the Moscow, Idaho, home where four University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death on 13 November.
It is unclear whether the department has cordoned off the area to preserve potential evidence from contamination or if new developments in the investigation into the horrific stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, have already been made.
The Moscow Police Department said in a statement to The Independent that the crime scene “was not expanded” but “the boundary tape was moved [because] detectives needed extra space to work.
The Independent asked the department for clarification on why it had not been moved before.
Andrea Blanco23 November 2022 09:00
Idaho investigators seek surveillance video
Authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students have asked for outside surveillance video.
The Moscow Police Department late Saturday requested from businesses and residences in specific parts of the city any footage recorded between 3am and 6am on 13 November.
Police said they have received more than 600 tips after the killings shook the Idaho Panhandle community of 25,000 residents.
More than 90 people have been interviewed. No arrests have been made as of Tuesday evening and authorities have yet to identify any suspects.
A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday.
Andrea Blanco23 November 2022 08:00
Idaho victims often ‘hosted parties with lots of people coming in and out of the house,’ neighbours say
Moscow resident Heather Tetwiler told Fox News that the slain students — Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Moge, 21, — would host typical college gatherings, but that the residence was “not necessarily a party house.”
“They had like small gatherings, maybe like ten people or so and it never really got crazy other than the usual college stuff but they were pretty respectful,” Ms Tetwiler said.
Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of forced entry into the six-bedroom home.
Investigators continue to piece together what happened in the early morning hours of 13 November and the circumstances surrounding the brutal fatal stabbings.
The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has more:
Andrea Blanco23 November 2022 07:00
‘Private party’ who drove Kaylee and Maddie home is ruled out, new details about 911 call revealed
Moscow police announced on Saturday that an anonymous “private party” drove Goncalves and Mogen home.
“At this time, detectives have investigated the private party driver who took Kaylee and Madison home on November 13th and do not believe he is involved in this crime,” the department wrote on its Facebook page on Sunday.
The briefing also contained new details about the role of the victims’ two surviving roommates, who were likely home at the time of the murder.
The surviving individuals arrived back at home around 1am, according to police.
They are not suspects in the investigations and are “not necessarily” considered suspects, police have said.
However, once the roommates were home, they fell asleep and didn’t wake up until “later on November 13th,” Moscow police said, helping to explain why police were not called until noon later that day.
The murders took pace sometime between 3am and 4am.
The 911 call was “made from inside the residence on one of the roommates’ cell phones,” police added.
They had “summoned friends to the residence” because they believed one of the victims had passed out.
Andrea Blanco23 November 2022 06:00
Killer was ‘sloppy’ and left behind overwhelming evidence, parents say
Steve and Kristi Goncalves, whose daughter Kaylee was among the four killed at an off-campus house, said they’ve heard from police that the crime scene is sprawling and chaotic.
The investigation last week is moving slowly because the killer left behind a “mess” of evidence, according to Mr Goncalves.
“They’re telling us that there’s so much evidence that it’s going to take a lot of time to process it all,” Mr Goncalves told Fox News. “This wasn’t like a pinpoint crime. This person was sloppy.”
The victims’ bodies were found at noon on 13 November, after two surviving roommates called 911.
Autopsies conducted last week determined that Kaylee, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were all stabbed to death with a “large knife.”
The Independent’s Josh Marcus has the story:
Andrea Blanco23 November 2022 05:00
Six hundred tips. No suspects or witnesses
The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Idaho that the investigation has been compounded by changing stories from law enforcement and wild social media speculation that has seeped into the local rumour mill.
In her latest report, she writes: “Almost everything that happened in that residence after 1.45am last Sunday still remains a mystery …”
“The investigation has already included 646 tips, 90 interviews and more than 130 members of law enforcement, authorities said Sunday. “
“The FBI alone had 44 people working on the murders, including two members of the Behavioural Analysis Unit – the criminal profiling unit made famous by Criminal Minds.”
Read Sheila’s full coverage of the story:
Andrea Blanco23 November 2022 04:00
Idaho police investigating whether victim had a stalker
The Moscow Police Department said that it has “looked extensively” into reports that murder victim Kaylee Goncalves may have complained of a stalker.
“Investigators have looked extensively into information they received about Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker. They have pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker,” the department wrote on Facebook on Tuesday night.
Sheila Flynn reports from Moscow, Idaho:
Sravasti Dasgupta23 November 2022 03:40
Xana Kernodle was ‘a strong woman who worked hard for what she wanted,’ sister says
Jazzmin Kernodle is a better person because of her sister, Xana, she wrote in an Instagram post last week.
The sisters would have silly fights in the halls of their high school, Jazzmin recalls, only to make up and get closer with each fight.
Xana was the “life of the party, a dancing queen,” but also the friend who would light up a room and offer and encourage her loved ones to enjoy life to the full.
“I know Xana never let an opportunity pass her by, and she was so happy whenever I saw her … She was someone that was always worth recording because who knew what funny thing she was going to say or do next,” Jazzmin recounted in her post.
Jazzmin remembers Xana as a strong young woman who “worked hard for what she wanted,” a sentiment that was echoed by their father, Jeffrey Kernodle.
Mr Kernodle described Xana as a “tough kid,” telling CBS how investigators informed him that she had defensive wounds and likely fought her attacker until her death.
The killings of Xana, her boyfriend Ethan Chapin and her roommates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen have rocked the town of Moscow, but have also brought the community together in remembering the lives taken on 13 November.
Several memorials and tributes have already taken place and more are planned for the victims.
Andrea Blanco23 November 2022 03:00
A timeline of the brutal murders that shocked Moscow, Idaho
A week on from the murders, much remains a mystery surrounding the circumstances of the horrific stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21.
Officials believe the students were killed sometime between 3am and 4am on 13 November.
Law enforcement was called to the home on King Road at 11.58am on Sunday after a 911 call came in alerting them to “an unconscious individual”.
The call was made from the cellphone of one of the surviving roommates but police have refused to confirm the identity of the caller.
Authorities have since revealed that all four victims were stabbed to death with an “edged weapon such as a knife” – though the murder weapon has not been found.
The Independent’s Io Dodds and Rachel Sharp have an updated timeline of the developments in the case:
Andrea Blanco23 November 2022 02:00
Thank you for reading this post, kindly check out these amazing online resources