Local leaders provide updates on U of I student murders
MOSCOW, ID. — The Moscow Police Department, Idaho State Police and the University of Idaho provided an update on the four U of I students stabbed to death just over a week ago.
Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen were all found dead at a home near campus on Nov. 13. Police have been at the crime scene for weeks looking to find any information they can on this tragedy. Police are being as thorough as they can, not overlooking anything or anyone in this investigation.
Police maintain that Kaylee and Madison arrived home at 1:45 a.m. Police also say that two victims were found on the second floor and two others were found on the third floor.
Police have collected over 103 pieces of evidence, taken over 4,000 photos, done multiple 3D scanning of the scene, processed over 1,000 tips and completed over 150 interviews. They are still asking anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to contact the Moscow Police Department at (208) 883-7180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moscow Police say the FBI is continuing to assist them in the investigation. The FBI is accepting tips and digital media at fbi.gov/moscowidaho.
In interviews, people have been saying Kaylee made comments about a potential stalker. Police have yet to corroborate those claims and are still investigating stalker claims. Police also said murder-suicide is not a possibility but are still investigating.
MPD says they’re aware of an unsolved double stabbing in Oregon that happened two years ago, but they cannot confirm a connection to the quadrupole murder of four U of I students. MPD did not say where the suspect entered into the home. MPD is still looking at all avenues when it comes to solving the case.
They are expecting a high police presence around the crime scene after Thanksgiving break.
Idaho Governor Brad Little is also making up to $1 million available toward resources for the investigation.
U of I will host a candlelight vigil on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Administration Law.
“We owe this to the surviving families to get this right,” Colonel Kedrick Wills with ISP said. “We’re not willing to sacrifice speed for quality.”
You can watch the full press conference below:
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