Idaho student murder: Police believe four killed in ‘targeted attack’
Police have seized five cars from the home where four University of Idaho students were brutally stabbed to death in a quadruple murder that has rocked the small university town of Moscow.
A tow truck removed the vehicles on Tuesday — some of which are believed to belong to the victims — and took them to “a more secure long-term storage location to continue processing evidence,” Moscow police said.
The development comes as the killer or killers are still at large 17 days after the Nov. 13 killing of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kerndole and Ethan Chapin in their beds.
On Wednesday, the Moscow community will hold a vigil in honor of the slain students, with some of the victims’ family members expected to speak.
The vigils were delayed until after Thanksgiving break as frightened students fled the city. Police call logs analyzed by The independent reveal that in the wake of the murders, locals remain on edge and have called 911 multiple times to report “suspicious” men and other disturbing incidents in the area.
Students are calling on the university to do more to make the campus feel safe
A University of Idaho student has opened up about the fear that gripped her peers in the wake of the murders two weeks ago.
“There’s so much excitement, there’s so much fear,” Megan Stanley told NewsNation when students returned from Thanksgiving break.
“With a few weeks left in the semester and finals coming up, the campus should be full of students and really lively. And I feel like I only see a handful of students walking around.”
An apparel design student, Ms. Stanley, said some but not all of her classes have been moved online, meaning she and many others cannot finish the semester at home.
She said she and her peers “don’t really talk about” the killings because it’s so painful.
“We all know this is going on, but we don’t really talk about it because for a lot of us it’s an emotional subject,” she said. “I didn’t know the victims personally, but a lot of my classmates who are in the Greek system did, and it’s a really difficult subject to bring up.”
Ms Stanley added that she wishes more was done by the university to make students feel safe.
“Scott Green, our president and Dr. (Blaine) Eckles, the dean of students — I’ve seen them tear up at the press conferences and everything. They’re feeling the same pain that we are,” she said.
“But I don’t feel like enough is really being done to reassure us as students or just as a community.”
Rachel SharpNovember 30, 2022 10:10 am
University vigils take place today
The small university town of Moscow is preparing to hold a vigil on Wednesday in memory of the four victims murdered in a brutal knife attack on November 13.
The University of Idaho will host the event on the Moscow campus at 5 p.m. local time on November 30, followed by an event on the Boise campus at 18.00.
The university will “honor the memory of Ethan, Xana, Madison and Kaylee,” it said.
People will also be able to participate in the vigil remotely.
The vigil was originally planned to take place in the days following the murders, but was postponed as the town emptied, with frightened students picking up sticks and walking as the killer or killers remain at large.
Several students returned to Moscow on Monday after the Thanksgiving break.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 09:50
Victims’ neighbor lashes out at Reddit loopers
A neighbor of the four University of Idaho students murdered in an off-campus home on Nov. 13 has hit out at Reddit practitioners who suggested his media appearances were suspicious.
Jeremy Reagan, a third-year law student, said he went to bed early the night of the murders, but Reddit commenters find his statements suspicious.
“[It’s] outrageous to be compared to a murderer when I did nothing,” Mr Reagan told Court TV.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 09:30
911 call logs reveal sightings of bloodstains, knives and ‘suspicious men’ in Idaho town student murder
The independent‘s analysis of Moscow police call logs has revealed several chilling complaints in the two weeks since the murders of four students.
Wednesday 23 November, just before 9, the owner of a laundry in Moscow reported somewhat alarmingly: “A mark on [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 troubling but seemingly unrelated sights and sounds reported in the city since the murders.
One person reported a “suspicious vehicle in the parking lot” along with “a person out digging in the ground.” Officers made contact with the person, but did not file a report.
Another report said there was a person “standing in the cul-de-sac, wearing a large jacket and wearing a black ski mask”. Officers were unable to locate them. A report on 20 November described “a man on the side of the road carrying a knife in front of him, outstretched”. Officers did not file a report.
The independent‘s Io Dodds dives into police call logs:
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 at 09.00
Disturbing 911 Call for ‘Bloodstains’
Police call logs reveal that several disturbing incidents have taken place and “suspicious” people have been seen around Moscow in the two weeks since the murders.
Wednesday 23 November, just before 9, the owner of a laundry in Moscow reported something alarming.
“A mark on [a] column inside that looks like blood,” the call log says.
Although a police officer responded, they did not file a report.
This is just one of many potentially worrying sightings reported in the city since November 13.
Moscow police revealed that 911 calls have increased in the wake of the murders, as the killer or killers of four students remain at large.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 08:30
The victim’s father reveals frustration with the investigation
Kaylee Goncalves’ father has said he’s trying to believe police are investigating his daughter’s murder, but he can’t help but be somewhat frustrated with the investigation so far.
Steve Goncalves told ABC News he feels “a little defeated” and frustrated by the lack of information law enforcement is sharing with the family as the investigation rumbles into its third week.
“I have to assume 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 are in this business that I’ve met. And they looked me in the eye and they told me straight up that they’re working and they’re doing everything that is in their power.”
Knowing his daughter’s killer is still out there is the only feeling worse than the fact that she’s dead, he said.
“[The killer is] having a great life out there – and you’re just left in ruins,” he said.
“I have to get my justice. These families deserve it.
“We just have to stand together as a community. Submit all that evidence … and get this guy off the street.”
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 at 08.00
Rumors and conspiracy theories ruled out by investigators
Two weeks have now passed since four University of Idaho students were brutally stabbed to death in the small college town of Moscow – with no suspects identified, no arrests made and the murder weapon nowhere to be found.
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found murdered in the off-campus home the three female students shared in the early hours of November 13.
Despite several law enforcement agencies being called in to work on the case, police appear to be no closer to catching the killer, leaving students and residents of the notoriously safe city wracked with 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 denied several online rumors and ruled out potential ties to the killings.
This is what police have so far ruled out:
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 07:30
Kaylee Goncalves’ father reveals they all ‘died quickly’
The four students killed in the knife attack all died quickly, according to the grieving father of victim Kaylee Goncalves.
Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were killed around 03.00 or 04.00 on November 13, the police said.
Their bodies were left undiscovered for several hours, when 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 it would not have made a difference if the victims were found earlier, as his daughter and her three friends had died quickly and therefore would not have been saved.
“No one suffered and no one wanted that kind of pain,” he said.
Alisha Rahman Sarkar30 November 2022 at 07.00
The police insist that the crime scene is properly secured
Idaho officials have insisted that the crime scene was properly secured and that they believe in the integrity of the investigation.
Saturday, Idaho State Police communications director Aaron Snell said Fox News Digital that investigators working the case “have the information” but are deliberately withholding it to try to catch the killer.
“Ultimately, detectives on the scene have the information,” he said.
“The people working on this case from all three agencies … they are the best and the brightest and they 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 wise choice,” he said, adding that keeping information “from view is going to be critical. [in] trying to develop” the investigation in the future.
This includes information about why they believe the killings were targeted and a profile of the killer, which is being created by behavioral experts.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 06:30
ICYMI: Families and police plead for online conspiracies to be stopped
“All the noise out there is really hurting the families,” a friend of Kristi and Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s parents, told The independent. “And that’s taking the police down paths that aren’t right and taking them away from the ones that are.”
She spoke outside her home in Coeur d’Alene, a 90-minute drive north from the crime scene in the university town of Moscow. Kaylee and Madison were best friends and grew up around here.
The driveways of both their families’ homes were lined with cars Monday, but polite, somber men who answered the door at each location said the girls’ parents refused to talk.
They have already pleaded with others to stop spreading rumors that have spread on the ground and on the Internet since the November 13 killings. In Coeur d’Alene Monday, people were still repeating information to The independent on that had been debunked days earlier.
Police, meanwhile, issued similar pleas on Monday and repeatedly updated their social media posts to address specific inaccuracies that were circulating. They shot down reports that the skinning of a nearby pet dog was related to the murders; then they said a report about a man waiting in a woman’s car was “unfounded”.
The independentSheila Flynn reports from the ground in Moscow:
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 at 06.00