Idaho student murders: Police believe four killed in ‘targeted attack’
Police seized five cars from the home where four University of Idaho students were brutally stabbed to death in a quadruple homicide that has rocked the small college town of Moscow.
A tow truck removed the vehicles, some believed to belong to the victims, on Tuesday and transported them “to a more secure long-term storage location for further processing of evidence,” the Moscow Police Department said.
The development comes as a killer or killers remain at large 17 days after Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kerndole and Ethan Chapin were all butchered in their beds on Nov. 13.
The Moscow community will hold a vigil in honor of the slain students on Wednesday, and some of the victims’ families are expected to speak.
Vigils were postponed until Thanksgiving break as terrified students fled the city. Police call logs were analyzed Independent found that in the wake of the murders, local residents remain vigilant and have called 911 multiple times to report “suspicious” men and other disturbing incidents in the area.
The vigils of the university will be held today
The small college town of Moscow is preparing to hold a vigil Wednesday in memory of the four victims who were killed in a brutal knife attack on Nov. 13.
The University of Idaho will host an event on the Moscow campus at 5:00 p.m. local time on Nov. 30, followed by an event on the Boise campus at 6:00 p.m.
The university “will honor the memory of Ethan, Xana, Madison and Kaylee,” it said.
People will also be able to join the wake remotely.
The vigil was originally supposed to take place in the days after the murders, but was postponed as the city emptied and terrified students picked up sticks and walked away as the killer or killers remain at large.
Several students returned to Moscow after the Thanksgiving break on Monday.
Rachel SharpeNovember 30, 2022 at 9:50 am
Victims’ neighbor attacks Reddit sleuths
A neighbor of four University of Idaho students who were killed off campus on Nov. 13 has been approached by Reddit sleuths who said his media appearances are suspicious.
Third-year law student Jeremy Reagan said he went to bed early the night of the murders, but Reddit commenters found his statements suspicious.
“[It’s] it’s upsetting to be compared to a murderer when I did nothing,” Reagan said.
Rachel SharpeNovember 30, 2022 at 9:30 a.m
911 Call Logs Reveal Blood Stains, Knives and ‘Suspicious Males’ in Idaho College Student Murders
IndependentAn analysis of Moscow police call logs has revealed a series of unsavory complaints in the two weeks since the murders of the four students.
On Wednesday, November 23, shortly before 9:00 a.m., the owner of a laundry in Moscow reported something alarming: “A mark [a] a column inside that looks like blood. Although a police officer responded, they did not file a report.
It’s just one of many potentially disturbing but seemingly unrelated sights and sounds reported in the city since the murders.
One person reported a “suspicious vehicle in the parking lot” as well as a “person digging in the dirt.” Officers made contact with the individual but did not file a report.
Another report said the person was “standing in the cross street wearing a large jacket and wearing a black ski mask.” Officials were unable to locate them. A report on Sunday, November 20, described “a man standing on the side of the road, stretched out with a knife in front of him.” No reports were made by officials.
IndependentIo Dodd digs into police call logs:
Rachel SharpeNovember 30, 2022 at 9:00 a.m
Alarming 911 call about ‘blood stains’
Police call logs reveal that in the two weeks since the murders, there have been several disturbing incidents and “suspicious” persons in the Moscow area.
On Wednesday, November 23, shortly before 9:00 a.m., the owner of a laundry in Moscow reported something disturbing.
“Mark on [a] column inside what looks like blood,” according to the call log.
Although a police officer responded, they did not file a report.
This is just one of many potentially disturbing sightings reported in the city since November 13.
Moscow police revealed a spike in 911 calls after the murders, as the killer or killers of the four students are still at large.
Rachel SharpeNovember 30, 2022 at 8:30 am
The victim’s father reveals his frustration with the investigation
Kaylee Goncalves’ father has said he is trying to believe the police investigating his daughter’s murder, but he can’t help but be a little frustrated with the investigation so far.
Steve Goncalves told ABC News he feels “a little bit defeated” and is frustrated by the lack of information law enforcement is sharing with the family as the investigation enters its third week.
“I have to accept and hope that this is all part of their plan and … they have it all figured out,” he said.
“I know there are some really good, hard-working guys and gals that I’ve met in this thing. And they looked me in the eye and said they are working and doing everything they can.
Knowing his daughter’s killer is still out there is the only feeling worse than knowing she’s dead, he said.
“[The killer is] you have a great life and you’re just lost,” he said.
“I have to be right. These families deserve it.
“We just have to come together as a community. Bring all this evidence … and get this guy off the streets.
Rachel SharpeNovember 30, 2022 at 8:00 a.m
Investigators ruled out rumors and conspiracy theories
It’s been two weeks since four University of Idaho students were brutally stabbed to death in a small college town in Moscow — no suspects have been identified, no arrests have been made, and the murder weapon is nowhere to be found.
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found murdered in an off-campus home where the three students lived in the early hours of Nov. 13.
Despite multiple law enforcement agencies involved in the case, the police seem no closer to catching the killer, leaving students and residents of the notoriously safe town in fear and social media abuzz with speculation.
While officials remain tight-lipped about key parts of the investigation, including why they believe the killings were targeted, they have dismissed several online rumors and ruled out a possible connection to the killings.
Here’s what police have ruled out so far:
Rachel SharpeNovember 30, 2022 at 7:30 AM
Kaylee Goncalves’ father reveals they all ‘died quickly’
The four students killed in the knife attack died quickly, the grieving father of victim Kylie Goncalves said.
Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were killed around 3 or 4 a.m. on Nov. 13, police said.
Their bodies were left undiscovered for several hours, and police received a 911 call at 11:58 a.m. to report an “unconscious person” at the home.
Steve Goncalves told ABC News that he learned that finding the victims earlier would have made no difference because his daughter and her three friends would have died quickly and therefore would not have been saved.
“No one was hurt and no one felt that kind of pain,” he said.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 30, 2022 at 7:00 a.m
Police insist the crime scene was properly secured
Idaho officials have insisted that the crime scene was properly secured and that they believe in the integrity of the investigation.
Aaron Snell, director of communications for the Idaho State Police, said Saturday Fox News Digital that the investigators working on the case “have information” but are deliberately withholding it in order to try to catch the killer.
“Finally, the detectives on the scene have information,” he said.
“The people working on this case from all three agencies … they are the best and the brightest and have the most up-to-date resources.”
He added that officials have more information than they are releasing but cannot share it to protect the integrity of the investigation.
“And so if we’re just giving information to the public, I just don’t think that’s going to be a smart choice,” he said, adding that keeping information out of sight will be critical. [in] seeking to develop’ the investigation in the future.
This includes information about why they believe the killings were targeted and a profile of the killer by behavioral experts.
Rachel SharpeNovember 30, 2022 at 6:30 a.m
ICYMI: Families and police plead for an end to online conspiracies
“All the noise really hurts families,” said a friend of Caylee’s parents, Kristi and Steve Goncalves. Independent. “And that means police are being directed to roads that aren’t real and taken away from those that are.”
She spoke outside her home in Coeur d’Alene, a 90-minute drive north of the crime scene in the university town of Moscow. Kaylee and Madison were best friends and grew up here.
The driveways of both their family homes were lined with cars Monday, but the polite, sombre men who answered the doors at each location said the girls’ parents refused to talk.
They have already asked others to stop spreading rumors that have been circulating locally and on the Internet since the Nov. 13 murders. On Monday, people in Coeur d’Alene were still replaying the information Independent it was debunked a few days before.
Meanwhile, police made similar pleas on Monday, repeatedly updating their social media posts to address certain circulating inaccuracies. They shot down reports that the skinning of a nearby pet dog was connected to the murders; then they said the report of a man waiting for a woman in a car was “unfounded”.
IndependentSheila Flynn reports from Moscow:
Rachel SharpeNovember 30, 2022 at 6:00 a.m
Idaho governor pledges $1 million for investigation
Idaho Gov. Brad Little has pledged up to $1 million in state emergency funds to help solve the murders of four University of Idaho students in Moscow.
On Wednesday, the governor pledged to offer up to $1 million in financial assistance to help expedite the investigation into the Nov. 13 stabbing.
Two weeks after the murders, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.
Rachel SharpeNovember 30, 2022 at 5:30