‘More than one’ suspect may be on the loose in Idaho college homicides – live

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Video shows mystery man with murdered Idaho students

Investigators are exploring the possibility that more than one person is behind the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students, which sent a shock wave through the small college town of Moscow.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death in an off-campus home early Sunday morning.

Four days after the murders, the killer or killers remain at large with no arrests made and no suspects named.

The Latah County coroner’s office released an official report Thursday determining the cause and manner of death by stabbing, KTVB reported.

Latah County prosecutor Bill Thompson has now said it is “certainly possible” that there may be more than murderers.

His comments come after officials appeared to back down their claims that the public is not in danger, with Moscow police chief James Fry admitting on Wednesday: “There is still a threat”.

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Investigators look for ‘Rambo-style’ knife in quadruple homicide

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were all found dead in an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, on Sunday.

All four victims were killed with a “sharp weapon such as a knife,” police said on Tuesday.

The murder weapon has not been found and the suspect or suspects remain on the run.

Scott Jutte, the general manager of Moscow Building Supply, revealed that detectives came to his store and inquired about possible sales of a Ka-Bar knife, similar to the military-style knife used by Rambo.

TBEN‘s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 7:10 AM

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All students were stabbed to death, according to autopsies

Autopsies have been completed on the bodies of the four students stabbed to death in an off-campus home on Sunday.

Moscow police announced the findings on Thursday.

Police had said the victims had been stabbed to death with a “sharp weapon such as a knife”. The autopsies confirmed that the official cause and manner of death was death by stabbing.

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Creepy video captures students’ final moments

Eerie video footage has captured the last known movements of two University of Idaho students before they were stabbed to death along with two friends in their off-campus home.

The video, taken from a Twitch livestream of the GrubTruckers food truck in Moscow, Idaho, shows Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves stopping by for some late night food in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

During the roughly 10-minute stop, the 21-year-old best friends seem to be having a good time, laughing with each other, taking pictures and chatting with other students gathered nearby.

A mysterious man appears to be with them when they get to the truck, but the two young women leave the area alone.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 18, 2022 6:30 AM

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Timeline of the murders and aftermath

Authorities in Moscow, Idaho, have released few details about what happened to the four University of Idaho students murdered over the weekend.

Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Kaylee Goncalves were found dead in a home near the University of Idaho campus on Sunday, hours after they posted smiling photos to Instagram.

Police have warned the small town of 25,000 to remain vigilant as there may be more than one suspect on the loose.

Here’s a timeline of what we know so far:

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 06:10

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Slain Idaho students leave behind fond memories

Ethan Chapin’s last day was spent with his siblings, dressed and dancing.

Chapin – one of four University of Idaho students stabbed to death last weekend while police were still searching for a killer – was a triplet.

His brother and sister also attended the quaint public school tucked away in the rolling hills of north-central Idaho.

Two of Kernodle’s roommates and friends, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were also killed in the attack. “You rarely meet someone like Xana,” her sister said via text message.

“She was so positive, funny and loved by everyone who met her.”

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 18, 2022 5:50 AM

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Housemates are not suspects in the investigation

According to the authorities, the victims’ housemates are not being treated as suspects in the quadruple murders.

Moscow police announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the two other housemates were present in the house at the time of the murders and were unharmed.

Police Chief Fry said the roommates weren’t necessarily witnesses to the crime. It’s not clear if the other two housemates slept through the attack or why authorities were not called until around noon, about eight hours after the murders.

Idaho State Police said the housemates are not considered suspects and are cooperating with the investigation.

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 5:30 AM

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Police are investigating the possibility of more than one killer

Four days after the murders, authorities said it is “certainly possible” that more than one killer is on the loose.

“The researchers are currently looking at all options. They don’t have a specific suspect,” Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told NBC’s TODAY show.

“We really hope for information from the public to recreate everyone’s activities.”

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 4:50 AM

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Ethan Chapin spent his last day with his siblings

Chapin, one of four University of Idaho students stabbed to death last weekend, was triplets.

His brother and sister also attend the University of Idaho. Before the murders, Ethan attended a dance organized by his sister’s sorority.

“He was our daughter Maizie’s date, and his brother was Maizie’s roommate’s date,” Chapin’s mother, Stacy Chapin, told the The Bharat Express News on Wednesday.

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Police are facing backlash from the community for lack of clarity

As the mystery deepened, Moscow residents and students began posting on social media about their dissatisfaction with local officials’ explanations.

In response to Mayor Bettge’s “crime of passion” remarks, he told the Statesman that he was just suggesting this as a possible motive, saying, “It could be anything. The police don’t know yet. I was not told.”

He added: “They have determined that there is no other threat to the community. I would say it was just a crime targeting this one location.

On the same day, Annie Reneau, who said she was the mother of a University of Idaho senior, wrote a lengthy Twitter thread summarizing the community’s fears.

“I’m not sure people who aren’t directly connected to the University of Idaho in any way understand how little information students, parents and community members have been given about the murder of four students two days ago in an off-campus apartment. said Mrs Reneau.

“Police believe it was an isolated, targeted attack. Okay, but someone crazy/angry/drugged/whatever enough to stab four people to death, even if they were targeted, is out there somewhere. I’m not generally paranoid, but that doesn’t fit right, right?

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 3:30 AM

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Manners of death were not immediately released

On Monday, Moscow police named the four students, but officials gave confusing accounts of their fate.

Mr. Bettge told The New York Times that he believed the murder was a “crime of passion”, later admitting to another outlet, “We don’t really know what it was.”

Moscow police chief Fry said a murder-suicide had been ruled out and a suspect was being sought in the killings.

Police continued to insist there was no continuing threat to the public before saying on Wednesday that the community should exercise caution as the suspect is still on the loose.

Autopsies have been completed, but the results have not been released to the public. It is believed that the victims were stabbed with a “sharp weapon such as a knife”.

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 02:50 AM