Idaho police seek surveillance video after stabbing students to death


BOISE, Idaho (TBEN) — Authorities investigating the stabbing of four University of Idaho students as they slept in a home near campus are asking for outside surveillance video to help solve the one week old crime.

Moscow police late Saturday asked businesses and residences in specific areas of the city for recordings between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on November 13, the day of the murders.

Police said they received about 500 tips after the murders shocked the Idaho Panhandle community of 25,000. In the leafy college town about 80 miles south of Spokane, Washington, the last murder occurred about five years ago.

Also on Saturday, police said a private driver who gave two of the women a ride home was not involved in the crime.

Police have scheduled a press conference for Sunday afternoon to provide updates.

All four victims were members of fraternities and sororities: seniors Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; junior Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and freshman Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington. The women were roommates and Chapin was in a relationship with Kernodle.

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Police said Chapin and Kernodle were at the Sigma Chi house at the University of Idaho camps and returned home around 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 13. Police said Mogen and Goncalves were at a bar called The Corner Club in central Moscow, left the bar and stopped at a food truck, then also returned home around 1:45 a.m.

In addition, police said a person wearing a hooded sweatshirt who was seen in a video near the food truck near Mogen and Goncalves shortly before they returned home is not involved in the crime.

Police said two other housemates who were in the house the night of the murders had returned home around 1 a.m. and slept through the attack, waking up later that day. Police said one of their phones was used to call 911 from the residence at 11:58 a.m.

According to the police, those two housemates were not involved in the murders.

Police said the victims were found on the second and third floors of the six-bedroom home.

Police also said online reports about the bound and gagged victims are not accurate.

Police have seized the contents of three dumpsters to find possible evidence, and detectives have asked local businesses if they recently sold a fixed-blade knife.

Moscow police said four detectives, five support staff and 24 patrol officers are working on the case.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has 22 detectives assisting in Moscow, and another 20 agents assisting from outside the area.

The Idaho State Police has provided 20 detectives, 15 troopers and the crime scene mobile team.


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