Idaho murders – live: Police calls surge as Moscow community racked by fear two weeks on from college killings

Idaho murders – live: Police calls surge as Moscow community racked by fear two weeks on from college killings

Police in Moscow are grappling with a rise in calls as the small town community remains racked by fear with the killer or killers still at large two weeks on from the murders of four University of Idaho students in a brutal knife attack.

Since 13 November – the day of the murders – Moscow Police have received 78 calls for “unusual circumstances” and 36 requests to check the welfare of loved ones, an increase from 70 and 18 respectively, for the whole of October, according to a press release shared on Sunday.

“We understand there is a sense of fear within our community,” police said.

Students are expected to return to Moscow on Monday following the Thanksgiving break but it remains to be seen how many will come back in person as – two weeks on from the 13 November murders – no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

Investigators continue to believe that the stabbing deaths of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were targeted but have refused to reveal what evidence has led them to this conclusion.

Key points

  • No suspects identified, say police

  • Police to release only 'vetted' information

  • Increase in calls for unusual circumstances, police say

  • One victim was intended target, victim’s father says

  • Police unable to rule out whether victim Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker

Idaho university victims’ father says police have told him nothing for days

12:50 , Rachel Sharp

The grieving father of one of the four University of Idaho students murdered in a brutal knife attack has said he is “definitely concerned” about the investigation as he revealed that he has had zero contact with police for several days.

Steve Goncalves last heard from law enforcement trying to catch Kaylee Goncalves’ killer at around 5pm on Wednesday afternoon.

On Saturday, he told Fox News that investigators had fallen silent with him ever since as he voiced frustration with the lack of information he has been given about what happened to his 21-year-old daughter.

““They’re kind of just telling me that they can’t tell me much, which is frustrating to me because I’ve been very trustworthy,” he said.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Kaylee Goncalves’ father says he is ‘concerned’ with Idaho police silence on murders

Who police have ruled out as suspects:

12:30 , Rachel Sharp

Two weeks on from the murders, no arrests have been made and no suspects identified.

However, investigators have ruled out several people as suspects in the murders. They are:

• Two surviving roommates

• Man seen in the Grub Truck surveillance video with Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen

• The private party driver who took Goncalves and Mogen home after they visited the Grub Truck

• Goncalves’ former boyfriend who she and Mogen called numerous times in early hours of 13 November after arriving back home

• Any individuals who were at the home at the time the 911 call was made

Rise in police calls as community racked by fear

12:10 , Rachel Sharp

Police in Moscow are grappling with a rise in calls as the small town community remains racked by fear with the killer or killers still at large two weeks on from the murders.

Since 13 November – the day of the murders – Moscow Police have received 78 calls for “unusual circumstances” and 36 requests to check the welfare of loved ones, an increase from 70 and 18 respectively, for the whole of October, according to data released on Sunday by the department.

Police revealed that, in many cases, the concerned callers had alerted their friends or family members prior to calling police.

This echoes what happened back on 13 November when the two surviving roommates woke and called friends to the home before placing a 911 call alerting authorities to the crime scene.

“We understand there is a sense of fear within our community,” police said in a press release.

“As officers respond to these incidents, they find that concerned parties call friends and family before notifying the police.

“For life-safety and emergencies, we want to remind our community to call 9-1-1 before notifying family or friends. For nonemergency assistance, please call (208) 882-2677 (COPS).”

Moscow Police update timeline of two of the victims’ last known movements

11:50 , Rachel Sharp

Moscow Police have updated the timeline of two of the victims’ last known movements, citing “digital evidence”.

In a press release on Sunday, police revealed that Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen returned to the home on King Road from their night out at around 1.56am on 13 November.

Investigators previously said that the two best friends arrived home at around 1.45am.

“Arrival time has been updated based on digital evidence collected by investigators,” authorities said.

The pair had spent the night at the Corner Club in downtown Moscow, arriving at around 10pm on 12 November and leaving at around 1.30am the next morning. They then paid a visit to the Grub Truck late night food spot at around 1.40am before getting a ride home from a private party.

The other two victims Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin arrived back at the home at around 1.45am, police said.

Students expected to return from Thanksgiving break

11:30 , Rachel Sharp

University of Idaho students are expected to return to Moscow on Monday following the Thanksgiving break.

However, with the killer or killers of the four students still at large two weeks on from the brutal stabbing murder it remains to be seen how many will come back for in-person lessons.

The Independent previously reported how the small college town had emptied out in the wake of the murders – with no suspects identified, no arrests made and the murder weapon still not found.

Students have only two weeks of classes left before the university term ends for the winter recess.

College officials have prepared for the likelihood that many students will continue to stay remote until at least the new year, vowing to take a flexible approach to learning.

“Faculty have been asked to prepare in-person teaching and remote learning options so that each student can choose their method of engagement for the final two weeks of the semester,” Scott Green, university president, said in a statement last week.

The murder mystery that’s stumped Idaho police

11:10 , Rachel Sharp

Almost everything that happened after 1.45am last on 13 November inside the college home where Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were murdered still remains a mystery.

The investigation has been compounded by changing stories from law enforcement and wild social media speculation that has seeped into the local rumour mill.

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Idaho.

No suspect, weapon or witnesses: The Idaho murder mystery that’s stumped police

ICYMI: University of Idaho students told they won’t have to return to campus until end of year after murders

10:50 , Rachel Sharp

The University of Idaho plans to provide accommodations for students who have left campus after the murder of four students.

University president Scott Greene said that the college plans to “be flexible through the end of the semester,” and that faculty were asked to prepare in-person and remote learning options for the final two weeks of the semester.

Read more:

University of Idaho students won’t have to return to campus until 2023 after murders

Police plans to keep details ‘from view’ to protect investigation

10:30 , Rachel Sharp

Days after saying that the public would have to “trust them” on the notion that the killings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were targeted, police have revealed why they are not sharing the rationale behind the assessment.

Aaron Snell, with Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital on Saturday that information about the targeted murders is being handled with caution so as to not jeopardise the investigation, which has entered its second week with no arrests or major developments.

“And so if we just provide information to the public, I just don’t think that that’s going to be a wise choice,” he said.

The Independent has the story:

Idaho police will keep details ‘from view’ to protect Moscow murder investigation

What happened in the Idaho murder victims’ final hours

10:10 , Rachel Sharp

It could have been anyone, in any US college town, on any Saturday night. That’s how typical the murdered students’ behaviour was in Moscow, Idaho, just hours before they were brutally stabbed to death.

Reporting from Moscow, Sheila Flynn outlines the four young students’ final hours:

Campus to club to crime scene: Final hours of Idaho college murder victims

Moscow Police secured the crime correctly, according to Idaho State Police

09:50 , Rachel Sharp

Aaron Snell, with Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital on Saturday that the Moscow Police Department, which had its last homicide before the 13 November slayings in 2015, had followed protocol and secured the crime scene correctly.

“I am confident that there wasn’t a compromise in the integrity of the investigation. We know that the Moscow Police Department arrived at scene,” Mr Snell told Fox. “They essentially saw what had occurred.”

“They locked it down and then additional resources came in. We have a lot of the best of the best, the best technology, the latest and greatest as far as training goes. So, indeed, I believe in the integrity of this investigation.”

 (Moscow PD)
(Moscow PD)

University to hold candlelight vigil on Wednesday

09:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta

The University of Idaho is hosting a candlelight vigil on Wednesday for the four students killed at their off-campus home on 13 November.

Moscow police said that the vigil will be held on 30 November after the brutal slayings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21.

 (Zach Wilkinson/Moscow-Pullman Daily News/AP)
(Zach Wilkinson/Moscow-Pullman Daily News/AP)

The final hours of the four slain students

08:40 , Andrea Blanco

It could have been anyone, in any US college town, on any Saturday night. That’s how typical the murdered students’ behaviour was in Moscow, Idaho, just hours before they were brutally stabbed to death, The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports.

She writes: “The University of Idaho campus had been busy that day, a sea of gold and silver as the Vandals prepared for a home game against the UC Davis Aggies in the 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome.

“It was 28 degrees at kickoff – the weather was listed as a daunting “ice fog” – but happy, loyal fans turned out; the Vandals’ 44-26 loss was disappointing but did not deter the students from preparing to hit the town.

“Among them were five girls living in a three-bedroom rental home on King Road, just over a mile from the stadium and only two blocks from the edge of campus.”

Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were killed just hours later.

Read Sheila Flynn’s full coverage:

Campus to club to crime scene: Final hours of Idaho college murder victims

ICYMI: No link between University of Idaho murders and 2021 stabbing in Oregon

08:00 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Police investigating the murders of four University of Idaho students ruled out a possible connection to a similar stabbing a year before.

Andrea Blanco reports:

Moscow police rules out link between Idaho murders and 2021 stabbing in Oregon

Parents issue a plea for the rampant rumours to stop

07:20 , Andrea Blanco

The loved ones of University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen have tried to navigate grieve amid rampant rumours about the circumstances surrounding the killings.

“All the noise out there is really harming the families,” a friend of Kristi and Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s parents, told The Independent. “And it’s taking the police down trails that are not real and taking them away from the ones that are.”

Police have issued similar pleas updating their social media posts repeatedly to address specific inaccuracies circulating.

They shot down reports that the skinning of a nearby pet dog was related to the murders; then they said a report of a man waiting in a woman’s car was “unfounded.”

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn has the story:

Families of Idaho murder victims beg for calm as conspiracists hijack case

Idaho police will keep details ‘from view’ to develop investigation

06:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Police have said they won’t release details on why they believe the University of Idaho students were targeted, in order to protect the ongoing investigation.

Andrea Blanco reports:

Idaho police will keep details ‘from view’ to protect Moscow murder investigation

No link between 2021 stabbing in Oregon and the murders, Moscow police say

06:00 , Andrea Blanco

In a statement issued on Friday, Moscow Police said that the August 2021 fatal stabbing of Travis Juettern, 26, in Salem, Oregon, is not believed to be linked to the killings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen.

“There have been numerous media inquiries about a 1999 double stabbing in Pullman, Washington, and the 2021 double stabbing (with one death) in Salem, Oregon,” the statement read.

“While these cases share similarities ... there does not appear to be any evidence to support the cases are related.”

The Independent has the story:

Moscow police rules out link between Idaho murders and 2021 stabbing in Oregon

Increase in calls for unusual circumstances, police say

05:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Police in Moscow, Idaho, have said that there has been an increase in the calls to notify unusual circumstances and requests to check on loved ones.

In a statement Moscow police said: “Since November 13th, the department has received 78 calls for unusual circumstances and 36 requests to check the welfare of loved ones, an increase from 70 and 18, respectively, for all of October.”

Police have urged the community to notify the police before informing friends and family under such circumstances.

“For life-safety and emergencies, we want to remind our community to call 9-1-1 before notifying family or friends.”

 (Moscow PD)
(Moscow PD)

More than 43,000 join Idaho murders Reddit community

04:40 , Andrea Blanco

The Reddit subchannels MoscowMurders and IdahoMurders have amassed more than 43,000 members who discuss the case on a daily basis.

In the forums, people from across the country are weighing in on the investigation into the slayings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen inside their off-campus rental home in Moscow.

Some posts contain information that is entirely speculative and has already been debunked by authorities, while other users have reminded that police are doing their jobs and the case is “not a 60-minute CSI crime show.”

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Idaho murders Reddit sleuth community tops 43k after frustrating Moscow police update

No suspect identified, only vetted information to be made public, say police

04:00 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Moscow police have said that a fortnight after four University of Idaho students were found murdered in their off-campus home, no suspects have been identified.

The police said in a Facebook post: “At this time, no suspect has been identified and only vetted information that does not hinder the investigation will be released to the public.”

Police added that speculation is stoking fear in the community.

“There is speculation, without factual backing, stoking community fears and spreading false facts. We encourage referencing official releases for accurate information and updated progress.”

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“MKXE— Love You Always and Forever"

03:20 , Andrea Blanco

As tributes continue to pour in for Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen more than ten days after they were stabbed to death, their roommate has chosen to immortalize their legacy on her skin.

Mogen and the woman were both members of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Her VSCO profile also featured recently-posted pictures of her with the victims, each with tribute captions.

“Maddie Kaylee Xana Ethan —MKXE— Love You Always and Forever,” she captioned the picture of the tattoo, in which another individual with the same art — it is unclear whether it is the second surviving roommate — was also featured.

 (VSCO)
(VSCO)

Claims that Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker not confirmed

02:00 , Andrea Blanco

The Moscow Police Department has been unable to confirm reports that murder victim Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker.

Kaylee, 21, was found brutally stabbed to death on 13 November along with her roommates Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Xana’s visiting boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20.

Despite “looking extensively” into concerns raised by people who knew Goncalves that she had complained about a stalker, police were unable to confirm those reports, the department said during a press conference on Wednesday.

Read the story:

Idaho police unable to confirm reports that victim had a stalker

Dog found unscathed at crim scene

00:40 , Andrea Blanco

Last week, Moscow police also confirmed that an unharmed dog was found at the crime scene.

In a statement, the department said that the pet was unharmed and turned over to Animal Services.

It has since been released to a “responsible party.”

Read the full story:

Dog is found alive and unscathed at bloody scene of Idaho college murders

Police seek surveillance video

Sunday 27 November 2022 23:20 , Andrea Blanco

Businesses and homes within certain geographical areas are being asked to share all outside surveillance video taken between 3am and 6am on 13 November – whether there appears to be motion and content or not.

The areas include: West Taylor Ave (north boundary), West Palouse River Dr (south boundary), Highway 95 south to the 2700 block of Highway 95 S (east boundary) and Arboretum & Botanical Garden (west boundary).

“Investigators have determined the two areas of interests within the city and have provided maps which are on our Facebook page and on our website,” Roger Lanier, operations captain of Moscow Police Department, said on Sunday.

 (Moscow PD)
(Moscow PD)

Guns, deadbolts and a mass student exodus

Sunday 27 November 2022 22:03 , Andrea Blanco

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow, locals tell The Independent’s Sheila Flynn.

There is a killer - or killers - on the loose, ten days after four college students were murdered in their beds.

Fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police, residents say.

The Independent has the story:

Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho town after murders

Police rule out link between quadruple University of Idaho murders and Oregon stabbing in 2021

Sunday 27 November 2022 20:22 , Andrea Blanco

Travis Juetten, 26, and Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were attacked in their home in Salem, Oregon, by a masked assailant who broke in armed with a knife, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said at the time.

Mr Juetten tried to fight off the attacker but was stabbed to death while his wife miraculously survived. Despite the victims’ families putting up a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer, more than one year on, the case remains unsolved.

Similarities were drawn between the stabbings and the slayings of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

Moscow Police Chied James Fry had confirmed that the Oregon killing was on their radar, before issuing a statement on Friday saying that the department had not found relevant evidence that the cases were connected.

“While these cases share similarities ... there does not appear to be any evidence to support the cases are related,” the statement read.

University vigil for victims scheduled for Wednesday

Sunday 27 November 2022 19:41 , Andrea Blanco

The University of Idaho will host a vigil at 5pm local time on 30 November for the slain students.

The vigil was originally slated to be held last week but was postponed after students fled the town, fearful that a murderer is still on the loose.

The university also plans to go through with the commencement ceremony.

Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, both 21, were just weeks shy of graduating when they were killed.

Surviving roommate gets tattoo in honour of the victims

Sunday 27 November 2022 19:01 , Andrea Blanco

As tributes continue to pour in for Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen more than ten days after they were stabbed to death, their roommate has chosen to immortalize their legacy on her skin, The Sun reports.

On Tuesday, the survivor posted a picture of her ink featuring angel wings and the victims’ initials — MKXE — on VSCO. The wings are reminiscent of a tattoo Mogen also had on the back of her arm.

The Independent has chosen not to name the woman to avoid undue speculation. Authorities have reiterated that the two surviving roommates are not considered suspects in the brutal stabbings and are not necessarily witnesses of the crime.

Roomate who survived Idaho University murders gets tattoo in tribute of victims

Police unable to confirm Kaylee Goncalves had stalker

Sunday 27 November 2022 17:34 , Andrea Blanco

Despite “looking extensively” into concerns raised by people who knew Goncalves that she had complained about a stalker, police were unable to confirm those reports, the department said during a press conference on Wednesday.

“We obtained information through some of our interviews that Kaylee had made some comments about having a stalker, so that’s where that came from,” Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier said.

“So far we have not been able to corroborate that, but we are not done looking at that piece of information.”

Prosecutor warns of potential lengthy investigation

Sunday 27 November 2022 16:48 , Andrea Blanco

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told the Daily Mail that Moscow Police do not have a viable suspect at this time.

‘I have heard nothing to indicate they have identified a viable suspect or heard evidence that could lead to a suspect,” he said.

It could very well be [a lengthy investigation] – I think that all depends on the answers they’re able to find.”

‘If they’re lucky, they will find answers for who is responsible for this and what happened quickly, or it could be they don’t get those answers quickly and have to keep digging.’

Grieving famikies say conspiracists have hijacked cae

Sunday 27 November 2022 15:47 , Andrea Blanco

After University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were brutally murdered, their loved ones have tried to navigate grieve amid rampant rumours about the circumstances surrounding the killings.

“All the noise out there is really harming the families,” a friend of Kristi and Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s parents, told The Independent. “And it’s taking the police down trails that are not real and taking them away from the ones that are.”

Police have issued similar pleas updating their social media posts repeatedly to address specific inaccuracies circulating.

They shot down reports that the skinning of a nearby pet dog was related to the murders; then they said a report of a man waiting in a woman’s car was “unfounded.”

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn has the story:

Families of Idaho murder victims beg for calm as conspiracists hijack case

No suspects two weeks into the investigation

Sunday 27 November 2022 15:26 , Andrea Blanco

The murders took place in the early morning hours of 13 November in the off-campus rental home shared by the victims.

Two victims were killed on the second floor and two on the third floor of the home. Two surviving roommates were sleeping on the first floor and were unharmed.

The horrific crime scene went unnoticed for several more hours, with police receiving a 911 call at 11.58am on Sunday, reporting an “unconscious individual” at the home.

Police arrived to find the four victims dead. The coroner has revealed that all four victims were stabbed multiple times with a large knife while in their beds.

There were no signs of sexual assault on any of the victims and the murder weapon – a fixed-blade knife – has not been recovered.

Authorities will not release information on why they believe the attack was targeted

Sunday 27 November 2022 14:39 , Andrea Blanco

Aaron Snell, with Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital on Saturday that information about the targeted murders is being handled with caution so as to not jeopardize the investigation, which has entered its second week with no arrests or major developments.

“And so if we just provide information to the public, I just don’t think that that’s going to be a wise choice,” he said.

ICYMI: People who have been ruled out as suspects

Sunday 27 November 2022 13:49 , Andrea Blanco

Two weeks into the investigation, no arrests have been made and no suspects named.

Moscow police have ruled out several people as suspects in the grisly murders.

They have said that the two surviving housemates who were in the home at the time of the killings and the other friends who were in the home when the 911 call was made are not considered suspects at this time.

A man who was caught on camera with Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves at a food truck in the downtown area before they headed home and the private party who gave Mogen and Goncalves a ride home from the food truck have also been ruled out.

Goncalves’ former long-term boyfriend, with whom she shares a dog, is also not linked to the crime, police said.

From campus to club to crime scene: What happened in the Idaho murder victims’ final hours?

Sunday 27 November 2022 13:00 , Andrea Blanco

It could have been anyone, in any US college town, on any Saturday night. That’s how typical the murdered students’ behaviour was in Moscow, Idaho, just hours before they were brutally stabbed to death, The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports.

She writes: “The University of Idaho campus had been busy that day, a sea of gold and silver as the Vandals prepared for a home game against the UC Davis Aggies in the 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome.

“It was 28 degrees at kickoff – the weather was listed as a daunting “ice fog” – but happy, loyal fans turned out; the Vandals’ 44-26 loss was disappointing but did not deter the students from preparing to hit the town.

“Among them were five girls living in a three-bedroom rental home on King Road, just over a mile from the stadium and only two blocks from the edge of campus.”

Hours later, three of them and a fellow student were killed inside the home.

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Moscow:

Campus to club to crime scene: Final hours of Idaho college murder victims

Moscow police rule out link between University of Idaho murders and 2021 stabbing in Oregon

Sunday 27 November 2022 11:30 , Andrea Blanco

Moscow Police issued a statement on Friday that the August 2021 fatal stabbing of Travis Juettern, 26, in Salem, Oregon, is not believed to be linked to the killings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen.

“There have been numerous media inquiries about a 1999 double stabbing in Pullman, Washington, and the 2021 double stabbing (with one death) in Salem, Oregon,” the statement read.

“While these cases share similarities ... there does not appear to be any evidence to support the cases are related.”

This week, similarities were drawn between the knife attack on Juetten and his wife, who survived the violence, and the 13 November quadruple murders that took place at the victims’ off-campus rental home located 400 miles away in Moscow.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Moscow police rules out link between Idaho murders and 2021 stabbing in Oregon

Surviving roommate of the four University of Idaho murder victims gets tattoo in their honour

Sunday 27 November 2022 10:00 , Andrea Blanco

As tributes continue to pour in for Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen more than ten days after they were stabbed to death, their roommate has chosen to immortalize their legacy on her skin, The Sun reports.

On Tuesday, the survivor posted a picture of her ink featuring angel wings and the victims’ initials — MKXE — on VSCO. The wings are reminiscent of a tattoo Mogen also had on the back of her arm.

The Independent has chosen not to name the woman to avoid undue speculation. Authorities have reiterated that the two surviving roommates are not considered suspects in the brutal stabbings and are not necessarily witnesses of the crime.

Read the full story:

Roomate who survived Idaho University murders gets tattoo in tribute of victims

No suspects or arrests two weeks after the brutal stabbings

Sunday 27 November 2022 08:30 , Andrea Blanco

On Wednesday, authorities gave a press conference with virtually no updates, but pointed out that more than 1,000 tips have been received and 190 interviews have been conducted.

Moscow Police said that thousands of pictures were taken of the crime scene and DNA was also collected. Captain Roger Lanier said that the department believes the attack was targeted but won’t release information as to why they think so.

“You’re going to have to trust on that at this point because we are not going to release why we think that,” he said.

The FBI, Idaho State Police and Moscow Police Department have allocated $1m to the case and have assigned more than 130 officers and agents and a few behavioural analysts to work on it.

 (AP/Datawrapper/City of Moscow Police Department)
(AP/Datawrapper/City of Moscow Police Department)

Terror grips Idaho college town after quadruple murder

Sunday 27 November 2022 07:00 , Andrea Blanco

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow, locals tell The Independent’s Sheila Flynn.

Sheila writes: “Moscow Lock Shop can’t keep up with the demand for deadbolts.”

“The calls started coming in just hours after police discovered four University of Idaho students fatally stabbed on 13 November. Then the phone started ringing even more; by Thursday, the number of calls had reached 50 in a day.”

A student estimated that about 50 per cent of the student body left campus before the Thanksgiving break, while a local tattoo shop owner told The Independent that he is offering to check people’s homes before they close their doors for the night.

Read Sheila’s full coverage of the case that has stumped police and left locals desperate for answers:

Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho town after murders

Criminal experts reveal three key missteps in the investigation

Sunday 27 November 2022 05:30 , Andrea Blanco

While the public and grieving families have grown frustrated over the lack of information being released and the conspiracy theories fueled by internet sleuths, respectively, a retired NYPD sergeant told Fox that Moscow Police have revealed plenty.

“Investigators have given out too much information,” Joseph Giacalone, a 20-year police veteran and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice told the network.

Mr Giacalone went on to criticise Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt, who appeared in several interviews with media outlets across the nation and divulged what Mr Giacalone described as speculation.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Criminal experts reveal three key missteps in Idaho murders investigation

Victims ‘hosted parties with lots of people coming in and out of the house,’ neighbours say

Sunday 27 November 2022 04:00 , Andrea Blanco

Jeremy Reagan, a third-year law student who lives near the scene of the murders that shocked the university town of Moscow last week, told Fox News that the victims would often host self-contained gatherings and added that people went in and out of the house “pretty frequently.”

“There were parties that were kind of loud,” Mr Reagan said.

“As I would take my dog in and out to go to the bathroom [and] I would see people in the windows almost every night, probably four or five nights a week ... it was kind of a party house but then again this whole neighbourhood is a party neighbourhood.”

Read the story here.

Families of Idaho murder victims beg for conspiracists to stop

Sunday 27 November 2022 02:30 , Andrea Blanco

After University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were brutally murdered, their loved ones have tried to navigate grieve amid rampant rumours about the circumstances surrounding the killings.

“All the noise out there is really harming the families,” a friend of Kristi and Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s parents, told The Independent. “And it’s taking the police down trails that are not real and taking them away from the ones that are.”

Police have issued similar pleas updating their social media posts repeatedly to address specific inaccuracies circulating.

They shot down reports that the skinning of a nearby pet dog was related to the murders; then they said a report of a man waiting in a woman’s car was “unfounded.”

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn has the story:

Families of Idaho murder victims beg for calm as conspiracists hijack case

Idaho murders Reddit sleuth community tops 43,000

Sunday 27 November 2022 01:00 , Andrea Blanco

Following a press conference on Wednesday marked by a lack of notable developments, the Reddit subchannels MoscowMurders and IdahoMurders have amassed more than 43,000 members who discuss the case on a daily basis.

In the forums, people from across the country are weighing in on the investigation into the slayings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen inside their off-campus rental home in Moscow.

Some posts contain information that is entirely speculative and has already been debunked by authorities, while other users have reminded that police are doing their jobs and the case is “not a 60-minute CSI crime show.”

The Independent has the story:

Idaho murders Reddit sleuth community tops 43k after frustrating Moscow police update

Multiple people spoke with 911 dispatcher

Saturday 26 November 2022 23:50 , Andrea Blanco

“There [were] other friends that had arrived,” Moscow police Chief James Fry said at a press conference last week.

“Honestly, I’m not quite sure [how many] at this time.”

The call originated from the cellphone of one of the victims, which was passed around as several individuals spoke with the dispatcher.

In the call, it was reported that there was “an unconscious individual.” Police have said that the two surviving roommates ‘summoned friends” to the house because they believed one of the victims had passed out.

University of Idaho murders house: Police reveal ‘multiple’ were home for 911 call

Vigil for victims planned for Wednesday

Saturday 26 November 2022 20:59 , Andrea Blanco

The University of Idaho will host a vigil at 5pm local time on 30 November for the slain students, who were murdered in the early morning hours of 13 November.

The vigil was originally slated to be held last week but was postponed after students fled the town, fearful that a murderer is still on the loose.

With no arrests made and no suspects named 12 days into the investigation, it remains to be seen if terrified students will return after the Thanksgiving break.

ICYMI: Here’s everything we know about the 911 call

Saturday 26 November 2022 20:02 , Andrea Blanco

All four victims are believed to have been killed at around 3am or 4am on the morning of 13 November.

The attack was brutal with each victim stabbed multiple times.

Police were not called to the home until 11.58am on Sunday.

Police said that the roommates slept through what happened and when they woke up on the Sunday, they called some unidentified friends to the home because they believed that one of the victims on the second floor “had passed out and was not waking up”.

After the friends arrived on the scene, one person in the group made the 911 call from the cellphone of one of the roommates.

In the call, the individual reported an “unconscious individual”.

The roommates and the unidentified friends were still on the scene when officers arrived.

It is unclear what the roommates and “other friends” had discovered prior to placing the call and what led them to describe a victim as merely “unconscious”.

More than 260 digital submissions of evidence in the investigation

Saturday 26 November 2022 18:49 , Andrea Blanco

Following Moscow PD’s urging to the public for evidence submissions on the portals made available, more than 260 digital tips have been received, the department said on Friday.

Via a link on the FBI’s website, people with information about the case can submit pictures or video.

“Detectives are also seeking additional tips and surveillance video of any unusual behavior on the night of November 12th into the early hours of November 13th while Kaylee and Madison were in downtown Moscow and while Ethan and Xana were at the Sigma Chi house,” the department said in a press release.

Police have asked residents of the area to submit video even if it does not appear suspicious to them.