MOSCOW, Idaho — Police have taken no suspects into custody a week after four University of Idaho students were killed on Nov. 13 as they slept in their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, authorities announced Sunday.
The community “must be prepared for a lengthy investigation,” Scott Green, president of the University of Idaho, told reporters at the news conference.
While few questions have been answered after students Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; and Madison May, 21, were stabbed to death in their beds between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. last Sunday, police have cleared several people as suspects in the case.
“We do not believe the following individuals are involved in this crime,” said Cpt. That’s what Roger Lanier told reporters on Sunday. “The two surviving roommates; a man seen at the Grubb Truck food vendor downtown, specifically dressed in a white hoodie; [and] a private party that provided rides home to Kaylee and Madison in the early morning hour of November 13.
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Lanider added that the “identity of the 911 caller and the 911 call have not been released,” but police later clarified that the 911 caller was not the perpetrator.
In addition, investigators are aware that Mogen and Goncalves made multiple calls to a male subject just before they were murdered, but said they reviewed and erased those calls.
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Authorities have not ruled out the possibilities of multiple potential suspects or suspects who may have been unknown to the victims.
The Idaho Police Department stood by their Tuesday statement, describing the killings as “an isolated, targeted attack.”
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“We think they were targeted because of the totality of circumstances we are looking at,” Moscow police chief James Fry said on Sunday. “I can’t say if one person was targeted.”
The four victims were close friends and all part of Greek life on campus.
Goncalves and Mogen spent Saturday night downtown at a local watering hole called the Corner Club before ordering food from the Grub Truck in Friendship Square. They were last seen in public on video footage captured by the food truck and shared publicly on Twitch, a live streaming social media platform, before being taken home from a “private party” around 1:45 a.m.
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Kernodle and Chapin spent Saturday night partying at the college’s Sigma Chi house before returning home around the same time as Goncalves and Mogen.
The victims’ two housemates had arrived home earlier, around 1 a.m. that Sunday.
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Later that day, at 11:58 a.m., police responded to a 911 call from the home of one of the housemates. Fry told reporters on Sunday that a friend made the call, but later added it’s unclear how many friends were there. scene of the crime before the police arrived. It is also unclear how an estimated eight hours elapsed between the estimated time of the attacks and the time of the 911 call.
According to authorities, there were no signs of a break-in at the home.
On Thursday, the Latah County coroner announced that the four students all died of homicide by stabbing, likely while they slept. Police said on Sunday that “some” of the victims had defensive wounds and all had multiple stab wounds.
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Fry said Sunday that police don’t know how the murders happened without the other two housemates hearing the attacks.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 208-883-7180 or [email protected]