University of Idaho murders: police can't say if survivors are witnesses or suspects
Moscow, Idaho, police haven't ruled out as suspects the two roommates who were home when four Idaho college students were slaughtered, an official told Fox News Digital. Your browser does not support this video "These are people who may have seen the crime but on the flip side may have committed the crime," said Aaron Snell, the communication director for the Idaho State Police. "We don’t know if they are witnesses, victims or suspects, so until we do a thorough investigation, naming them would be inappropriate." Snell added that the roommates had been "fully cooperative.
Police on Wednesday held a press conference on the murder of four University of Idaho students during the early hours of November 13, which has sparked new theories about the tragic case online.
Representatives from the Moscow police department, Idaho state police and civilian authorities gave an update on the deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. All four were found stabbed to death at an off-campus student property in Moscow, Idaho.
Idaho cops release map of murdered students' last movements and beg witnesses to come forward
Police on Friday released a map showing the last known movements of the four students found dead in their shared home in Moscow, Idaho. Their two roommates have not been ruled out as suspects.The map confirms that Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21 and friends since 6th grade, were last seen at a downtown bar and a food truck outside, before returning home at 1:45am.
Police have yet to make any arrests or name a suspect, and are urging anyone with information about the case to come forward.
Moscow Police Department Chief James Frye was asked about the similarities between the case and a double stabbing in Salem, Oregon, which took place last year.
In that incident, Travis and Jamilyn Juetten were woken in their home during the early hours by a man who attacked them with a knife.
Travis was pronounced dead at the scene, but Jamilyn survived, despite receiving 19 stab wounds. Police haven't identified a suspect in the attack.
Chief Frye said: "We're looking at every avenue and we have other agencies reaching out to us with other cases, stuff that we are going to follow up on."
Idaho university murder victim's mom reveals last messages she sent just hours before tragic killing
Kristi Goncalves, the mom of slain Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves, reveals she talked to her daughter Saturday before she was fatally stabbed and received photos later that day."She sent me a couple pictures of her and Maddie and that was on Saturday afternoon around 3," Kristi Goncalves, Kaylee’s mom, said on Fox News’ "Lawrence Jones Cross Country" Saturday evening.
The chief added that investigators looking into the Idaho murders had received a tip relating to the Oregon case.
Writing on the r/idahomurders subreddit, where concerned citizens discussed details of the attack, user u/shfh9835 said the police's refusal to rule out links to the Oregon case was "notable."
They wrote: "I was surprised there wasn't an immediate dismissal of the possible connection to the Oregon stabbings in Marion County. I am used to watching press conferences where LEO [Law Enforcement Officers] often will just outright reject connections to other cases, especially in different states - they feel like a stretch, they aren't considered a serious consideration, etc.
"The fact that they seemed aware of and interested in that possible connection was noticeable to me."
At the press conference, Captain Roger Lanier from Moscow Police Department repeated an earlier claim that the killings were likely a targeted attack.
Idaho college murders: Timeline of events
Police in Moscow, Idaho, are still searching for an unknown killer more than one week after four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death. Here's how the crimes unfolded:
He said: "Very clearly, from the beginning, we said that we believe it was a targeted attack. I mean, to be honest, you're going to have to trust us on that at this point because we're not going to release why we think that."
All three of the female victims lived in the house, while the only male, Ethan Chapin, was staying over with his girlfriend. Two other female residents of the house slept through the attack and were unharmed.
On Reddit, user u/shfh9835 questioned whether the "targeted attack" could have been aimed at women, rather than any one person.
"While LEO didn't explain the 'targeted' issue, I believe there's probably physical evidence that points to this crime being targeted at women/the women's wounds, or placement of the body, etc., were different than Ethan's.
"I don't think 'targeted' necessarily means one person and I know a lot of speculation has been that it's Kaylee. 'Targeted' in my mind means that there was a particular identifying factor that was possible motivation for the crime—in my mind and based off of patterns of violent murders like this (Ted Bundy, Danny Rolling), I think targeted gender would be enough to warrant use of the term."
'Unimaginable' loss: Memorial held for 1 of 4 Idaho victims
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Friends and family gathered Monday to remember one of the four University of Idaho students stabbed to death in their home early Nov. 13, as police in the college town of Moscow have yet to identify a suspect in the slayings. The memorial service for Ethan Chapin was held in Mount Vernon, Washington, a city on Puget Sound north of Seattle. “We want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of Ethan’s life,” his family wrote in a program for the memorial. “It is an incredible testimony to his character just how many lives he has touched in his short 20 years. The loss is unimaginable but our family will persevere.
The Moscow Police Department has been contacted for comment.
Police investigating the case are hunting for a fixed blade knife, which they believe was the murder weapon.
Detectives added that a skinned dog reported to the Latah County Sheriff's Office is "unrelated" to the case.
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Update on University of Idaho murders: How the community is coping amid deadly stabbings .
The University of Idaho is holding vigils Wednesday for four students who were stabbed near the campus on Nov. 13. Fear and uncertainty lingers.On Wednesday evening, students and faculty were expected to gather to remember Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21 and Xana Kernodle, 20, in a series of candlelight vigils including in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center in Moscow, in front of the University of Idaho Water Center in Boise and in a cafeteria on the College of Eastern Idaho campus.