Moscow homicide update: Frustration over Idaho police press conference as potential tie to 2021 Salem Oregon stabbing explored

Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

Frustration is mounting over the investigation into the quadruple murders of four University of Idaho students as 11 days on from the brutal stabbing deaths no arrests have been made and no suspects identified.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police released few new details about the case and refused to say why they believe the murders were targeted – instead telling the terrified community to “trust us”.

Questions are mounting about a potential link to a 2021 stabbing murder in Oregon which also remains unsolved.

When asked about the case, Police Chief James Fry simply said there is “stuff that we are going to follow up on”.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, were stabbed to death in an off-campus home that the three women shared in Moscow back on 13 November. Two other roommates were home at the time of the murders but were left unharmed.

The housemates, Goncalves’s former boyfriend, the person who gave Goncalves and Mogen a ride home, and a man who was with them at a late-night food truck have all been ruled out as suspects.

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Police reiterate roommates and male seen on video with victims have been ruled out as suspects

Moscow authorities gave a press conference on Wednesday revisiting much of the information that had already been released days prior and offering no updates on the murder investigation.

Captain Roger Lanier reiterated that the two surviving roommates who placed the 911 call around noon on 13 November are not considered suspects.

A man who was captured on Twitch video with two of the victims mere hours before the murders, and a private party who drove the victims home have also been ruled out.

Authorities have asked for speculation to stop, highlighting that reports online that the four victims had been tied and gagged before they were murdered was completely inaccurate.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry during a press conference on 16 November

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Guns, deadbolts and a mass student exodus

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow, The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports.

The eerie scene has not changed in the more than ten days since four University of Idaho students — Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, were murdered in their off-campus rental home.

The killer remains on the loose and locals in the town of just 25,000 tell The Independent that fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police

Read Sheila’s report from on the ground in Idaho:

Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho town after murders

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow. There is a killer – or killers – on the loose, ten days after four college students were murdered in their beds. Locals tell Sheila Flynn how fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police

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Moscow Police urge the public to continue submitting tips

On Wednesday, police renewed their commitment to the investigation and thanked the public for the numerous tips received, stressing that no piece of evidence was too small.

They continue looking into more than 1,000 tips received since the murders took place on 13 November, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said.

He encouraged residents to continue submitting information they think may be linked to the killings.

“We still believe there is more information to be gathered,” Mr Fry said. “We ask anyone, with any information … to get that information to us.”

“Even if you don’t believe that it is relevant, investigators will determine if and how, your information builds a picture. Sometimes what a picture or video doesn’t show is as important as what it should be there.”

Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 10:00

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Moscow authorities said they won’t reveal certain details in order to preserve investigation

Idaho police said that they believe the quadruple murder was targeted, but won’t disclose who was targeted or why they believe so.

Local police said that the priority is to preserve the evidence and prevent potentially jeopardizing it.

“You’re going to have to trust on that at this point because we are not going to release why we think that,” Moscow Police Department captain Roger Lanier said during a press conference on Wednesday.

The Independent’s Josh Marcus has the story:

Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 09:00

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No suspects in investigations ten days after the brutal murders

Ten days after the four victims were stabbed to death in their rooms, police said Wednesday they still have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon.

They’ve continued asking for tips and surveillance video.

Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier told a news conference his department is putting all of its resources into solving the case and that investigators are prepared to work through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Authorities gave no indication that they’re any closer to making an arrest, but they did stress that they continue processing forensic evidence gathered from the home where the students were killed.

Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 08:00

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Students won’t be asked to return to campus until 2023

As the community of Moscow reels from the brutal slayings, fellow students continue to grapple with safety concerns as the killer remains at large.

University president Scott Greene said that the college plans to “be flexible through the end of the semester,” and that faculty were asked to prepare in-person and remote learning options for the final two weeks of the semester.

The Independent has the story:

Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 07:00

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Missteps on the 10-day investigation, according to experts

Experts have pointed out a series of missteps in the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students.

While the public and grieving families have grown frustrated over the lack of information being released and the conspiracy theories fueled by internet sleuths, respectively, a retired NYPD sergeant told Fox that Moscow Police have revealed plenty.

“Investigators have given out too much information,” Joseph Giacalone, a 20-year police veteran and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice told the network.

Officials have also backtracked from information initially reported.

Another source of controversy in the handling of the investigation has been Moscow Police Chief Jame Fry’s initial assessment reassuring the community in the small college town that there was no ongoing threat three days after the violent murders.

He later backtracked from those remarks, asking residents to remain vigilant and cautious of their surroundings.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 06:00

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They posted photos enjoying college life and were killed mere hours later. What happened?

In an Instagram post the day before, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves shared photos of her group of friends arm-in-arm, grinning carefree at the camera in a show of typical college fun, Rachel Sharp writes.

“One lucky girl to be surrounded by these ppl everyday,” Kaylee Goncalves wrote on social media on the evening of 12 November.

Mere hours later, Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin and Madison Mogen were killed inside the women’s rental house.

More than a week after the murders that rocked the college town of Moscow, the killer remains on the loose.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp reports:

Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 05:00

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No updates in the investigation into the brutal slayings

Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum and Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington were killed on 13 November.

Police said Tuesday they had pursued tips that Goncalves had a stalker, but they hadn’t been able to identify one.

They also have knocked down rumours about other incidents — including a car break-in and a dog’s slaying — being potentially related to the case.

Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 04:00

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Slain Idaho students often ‘hosted parties’ in their off-campus rental home

Jeremy Reagan, a third-year law student who lives near the scene of the murders, told Fox News that the victims would often host self-contained gatherings and added that people went in and out of the house “pretty frequently.”

“There were parties that were kind of loud,” Mr Reagan said.

“As I would take my dog in and out to go to the bathroom [and] I would see people in the windows almost every night, probably four or five nights a week … it was kind of a party house but then again this whole neighbourhood is a party neighbourhood.”

Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of forced entry into the six-bedroom home.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

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