BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Police are asking for help finding the passenger of a car seen near where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death last month, saying the person may have “critical information ” about the case.
Moscow police issued a statement Wednesday afternoon asking for the public’s help in tracking the person or persons inside a white Hyundai Elantra made between 2011 and 2013 that was near the off-campus home in the early morning hours of Nov. 13. does not have the sedan’s license plate.
“Your information, whether you think it’s important or not, could be the piece of the puzzle that helps investigators solve these murders,” the department wrote.
Relatively few details have been released about the murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. Police have not yet named a suspect or made any arrests, and investigators have yet to find a weapon. Autopsies determined that the four students were stabbed to death and the attack likely started while they were asleep.
“Tips and leads have investigators looking for additional information about a vehicle located in the immediate area of the King Street residence in the early morning hours of Nov. 13. Investigators believe the occupants of that vehicle may have critical information to share on this matter,” the department wrote in a news release. “If you know of or own a vehicle matching this description, or know anyone who may have been driving this vehicle in the days leading up to or on the day of the murders, please forward this information to the Tip Line.”
Moscow police have asked anyone with information to send an email or call its tip line at 208-883-7180. The FBI, which is assisting in the investigation, has set up a website where people can upload surveillance camera footage or other digital media from the area that was recorded around the killings.
The four stabbing victims were friends and members of the university’s Greek system. The killings have left the close-knit community of Moscow stunned and grieving, shattering the sense of security that many had in the rural farming and university town. Mogen, Goncalves and Kernodle lived with two other roommates in the rental house directly across from the campus, and Chapin – Kernodle’s boyfriend – was there visiting.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry was at the rental home with other law enforcement officers Wednesday, collecting some of the victims’ belongings so they could be returned to their families. He had announced the plan on Monday, saying that returning meaningful items to the families would hopefully aid the families’ healing.
A lot of resources have been dedicated to solving the case, including six detectives with the Moscow Division, 48 FBI investigators and more than a dozen investigators from the Idaho State Police.
“We’re going to do our job and we’re going to do this to the best of our ability,” Fry said outside the home Wednesday. “We owe this to the families, we owe it to the victims, we owe it to our community, so we will continue.”