Idaho murders - live: Frustration over Moscow press conference as potential tie to 2021 stabbing explored

Idaho murders - live: Frustration over Moscow press conference as potential tie to 2021 stabbing explored

Frustration is mounting over the investigation into the quadruple murders of four University of Idaho students as 11 days on from the brutal stabbing deaths no arrests have been made and no suspects identified.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police released few new details about the case and refused to say why they believe the murders were targeted – instead telling the terrified community to “trust us”.

Questions are mounting about a potential link to a 2021 stabbing murder in Oregon which also remains unsolved.

When asked about the case, Police Chief James Fry simply said there is “stuff that we are going to follow up on”.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, were stabbed to death in an off-campus home that the three women shared in Moscow back on 13 November. Two other roommates were home at the time of the murders but were left unharmed.

The housemates, Goncalves’s former boyfriend, the person who gave Goncalves and Mogen a ride home, and a man who was with them at a late-night food truck have all been ruled out as suspects.

Key points

  • Weapon believed to be a fix-blade knife, say police

  • Police probing whether victim Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker

  • Police rule out mystery car incident from 21 November

  • Neighbour says victims' residence 'not necessarily a party house'

  • Families of victims plead to end wild conspiracy theories

  • Over a week, 600 tips, no suspects identified, no arrests made

Police reiterate roommates and male seen on video with victims have been ruled out as suspects

11:35 , Rachel Sharp

Moscow authorities gave a press conference on Wednesday revisiting much of the information that had already been released days prior and offering no updates on the murder investigation.

Captain Roger Lanier reiterated that the two surviving roommates who placed the 911 call around noon on 13 November are not considered suspects.

A man who was captured on Twitch video with two of the victims mere hours before the murders, and a private party who drove the victims home have also been ruled out.

Authorities have asked for speculation to stop, highlighting that reports online that the four victims had been tied and gagged before they were murdered was completely inaccurate.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry during a press conference on 16 November (KHQ-TV)
Moscow Police Chief James Fry during a press conference on 16 November (KHQ-TV)

Guns, deadbolts and a mass student exodus

11:00 , Andrea Blanco

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

The eerie scene has not changed in the more than ten days since four University of Idaho students — Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, were murdered in their off-campus rental home.

The killer remains on the loose and locals in the town of just 25,000 tell The Independent that fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police

Read Sheila’s report from on the ground in Idaho:

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

Moscow Police urge the public to continue submitting tips

10:00 , Andrea Blanco

On Wednesday, police renewed their commitment to the investigation and thanked the public for the numerous tips received, stressing that no piece of evidence was too small.

They continue looking into more than 1,000 tips received since the murders took place on 13 November, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said.

He encouraged residents to continue submitting information they think may be linked to the killings.

“We still believe there is more information to be gathered,” Mr Fry said. “We ask anyone, with any information ... to get that information to us.”

“Even if you don’t believe that it is relevant, investigators will determine if and how, your information builds a picture. Sometimes what a picture or video doesn’t show is as important as what it should be there.”

Moscow authorities said they won’t reveal certain details in order to preserve investigation

09:00 , Andrea Blanco

Idaho police said that they believe the quadruple murder was targeted, but won’t disclose who was targeted or why they believe so.

Local police said that the priority is to preserve the evidence and prevent potentially jeopardizing it.

“You’re going to have to trust on that at this point because we are not going to release why we think that,” Moscow Police Department captain Roger Lanier said during a press conference on Wednesday.

The Independent’s Josh Marcus has the story:

Moscow police refuse to say why they think murdered students were targeted

No suspects in investigations ten days after the brutal murders

08:00 , Andrea Blanco

Ten days after the four victims were stabbed to death in their rooms, police said Wednesday they still have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon.

They’ve continued asking for tips and surveillance video.

Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier told a news conference his department is putting all of its resources into solving the case and that investigators are prepared to work through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Authorities gave no indication that they’re any closer to making an arrest, but they did stress that they continue processing forensic evidence gathered from the home where the students were killed.

Students won’t be asked to return to campus until 2023

07:00 , Andrea Blanco

As the community of Moscow reels from the brutal slayings, fellow students continue to grapple with safety concerns as the killer remains at large.

University of Idaho senior student Dylan Bartels told The Independent that he estimated half of the students had left Moscow and gone home before the Thanksgiving break. Others, like Mr Bartels, don’t have that option and have stayed on campus.

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.

The Independent has the story:

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

Missteps on the 10-day investigation, according to experts

06:00 , Andrea Blanco

Experts have pointed out a series of missteps in the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students.

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.

Officials have also backtracked from information initially reported.

Another source of controversy in the handling of the investigation has been Moscow Police Chief Jame Fry’s initial assessment reassuring the community in the small college town that there was no ongoing threat three days after the violent murders.

He later backtracked from those remarks, asking residents to remain vigilant and cautious of their surroundings.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Criminal experts reveal three key missteps in Idaho murders investigation

They posted photos enjoying college life and were killed mere hours later. What happened?

05:00 , Andrea Blanco

In an Instagram post the day before, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves shared photos of her group of friends arm-in-arm, grinning carefree at the camera in a show of typical college fun, Rachel Sharp writes.

“One lucky girl to be surrounded by these ppl everyday,” Kaylee Goncalves wrote on social media on the evening of 12 November.

Mere hours later, Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin and Madison Mogen were killed inside the women’s rental house.

More than a week after the murders that rocked the college town of Moscow, the killer remains on the loose.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp reports:

Four friends posted photos enjoying Idaho college life. Hours later they were killed

No updates in the investigation into the brutal slayings

04:00 , Andrea Blanco

Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum and Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington were killed on 13 November.

Police said Tuesday they had pursued tips that Goncalves had a stalker, but they hadn’t been able to identify one.

They also have knocked down rumours about other incidents — including a car break-in and a dog’s slaying — being potentially related to the case.

Slain Idaho students often ‘hosted parties’ in their off-campus rental home

03:00 , Andrea Blanco

Jeremy Reagan, a third-year law student who lives near the scene of the murders, 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.”

Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of forced entry into the six-bedroom home.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Slain Idaho students often ‘hosted parties’ in their rental home, neighbours say

Friends and family mourned Ethan Chapin at an emotional memorial

02:00 , Andrea Blanco

“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 on Tuesday.

“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.”

Chapin, 20, was a triplet, and is survived by his parents and his siblings Maizie and Hunter. All three triplets enrolled in the University of Idaho last August and were looking forward to spending their college years together.

“Since attending the University of Idaho, Ethan lived his best life,” according to his obituary.

“He loved the social life, intramurals and tolerated the academics. He also continued to play sports.”

“If he wasn’t on the golf course or working, you could usually find him surfing, playing sand volleyball or pickle ball,” the obituary said.

Ethan, his sister Mazie and brother Hunter. The siblings were triplets
Ethan, his sister Mazie and brother Hunter. The siblings were triplets

Moscow police ‘stumped’ after surviving roommates sleep through violent knife attack

01:35 , Andrea Blanco

Police said that the two roommates were also in the property at the time of the killings, having returned around 1am – not long before the four victims also returned home.

The pair were unharmed in the violent knife attack and appear to have slept through what happened.

In a press conference on Sunday, police said that the surviving roommates “did not wake up until later that morning”.

Officials admitted it is something investigators are also struggling to understand how the two women managed to sleep through the violent stabbings.

“I don’t even know that information at this point in time,” said Chief James Fry of the Moscow Police Department. “That’s why we’re continuing to investigate.”

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the story:

Idaho murders: Police ‘stumped’ after surviving roommates slept through knife attack

Attacker was ‘sloppy,’ criminal expert says

00:33 , Andrea Blanco

A retired FBI behavioural analyst profiled the killer as “sloppy,” and close in age to the victims.

Former agent Jim Clemente, who is not working on the case, spoke to Fox News Digital about the quadruple murder that shook the college town of Moscow and the nation on 13 November.

“This offender did not just randomly choose this location, that he targeted one or more of the people in there,” Mr Clemente told the network.

“That could be because he has a relationship ... with one or more of them, or it could be that he’s been stalking one or more of them.”

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Idaho college killer likely a stalker or knew students, ex-FBI profiler says

Victims often ‘hosted parties with lots of people coming in and out of the house'

Wednesday 23 November 2022 23:07 , Andrea Blanco

Moscow resident Heather Tetwiler told Fox News that the slain students — Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Moge, 21, — would host college gatherings, but that the residence was “not necessarily a party house.”

“They had like small gatherings, maybe like ten people or so and it never really got crazy other than the usual college stuff but they were pretty respectful,” Ms Tetwiler said.

Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of forced entry into the six-bedroom home.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Slain Idaho students often ‘hosted parties’ in their rental home, neighbours say

Moscow Police refuse to reveal why they think the attack was targeted

Wednesday 23 November 2022 21:59 , Andrea Blanco

In a conference with little updates on Wednesday, Moscow police said that they would not be revealing why the attack is thought to be targeted.

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

Authorities added that the department is not “willing to sacrifice speed for quality,” and information will be released in due time in order to preserve the investigation.

Authorities unable to corroborate Kaylee Goncalves was being stalked

Wednesday 23 November 2022 21:16 , Andrea Blanco

During a press conference on Wednesday, authorities said that attempts to investigate reports that one of the victims was being stalked had not been successful.

Moscow Captain Roger Lanier said that the department had looked intensively into reports that Goncalves had a stalker, and encouraged the public to continue submitting tips.

Families decry conspiracists: ‘All the noise is really harming’

Wednesday 23 November 2022 20:56 , Andrea Blanco

The first of four services for the victims was held on Monday in the Washington State hometown of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, the sole male victim of the quadruple homicide more than a week earlier near the University of Idaho, The Independent’s Sheila Flynn writes.

In her latest report from on the ground in Idaho, Sheila writes: “As hundreds gathered to pay their respects, the three other victims’ families were also grieving six hours away in Idaho – and pleading for an end to wild speculation about the case that has both amplified their pain and complicated investigations.”

“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.”

Read Sheila’s coverage:

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

University of Idaho tells student they won’t have to return to campus unti 2023

Wednesday 23 November 2022 19:43 , Andrea Blanco

In a release on Tuesday, university president Scott Greene said that the college plans to “be flexible through the end of the semester.

Faculty were asked to prepare in-person and remote learning options for the final two weeks of the semester.

University of Idaho senior student Dylan Bartels told The Independent that he estimated half of the students had left Moscow and gone home before the Thanksgiving break. Others, like Mr Bartels, don’t have that option and have stayed on campus.

“Normally, I have to drive around five minutes trying to find a parking spot; I pulled in and one of the closest spots is open,” Mr Bartels said. “I mean, literally, the student population going to class declined by 50 per cent. Overnight.”

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn and Andrea Blanco have the story:

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

More details expected to be revealed during presser on Wednesday

Wednesday 23 November 2022 18:50 , Andrea Blanco

The Moscow Police Department and other agencies involved in the massive search for a suspect in the Idaho college murders case are set to give their latest update today.

A press conference is scheduled for 1pm local time.

It’s been three days since police gave their last press conference on Sunday.

I that event, authorities said that the two surviving roommates, a male seen on Twitch video that also featured Goncalves and Mogen at a food truck hours before the murders, and an individual who drove the two of them home that night are not considered suspects.

Killer was likely a stalker or someone who knew four students, ex-FBI profiler says

Wednesday 23 November 2022 18:05 , Andrea Blanco

A retired FBI behavioural analyst believes the culprit behind the University of Idaho murders was either a stalker or somebody known to the victims.

Former agent Jim Clemente, who is not working on the case, spoke to Fox News Digital about the quadruple murder that shook the college town of Moscow and the nation on 13 November. Mr Clemente profiled the killer as “sloppy,” and close in age to the victims.

The expert added that he believed the murderer likely has a past or current relationship with the victims or had been stalking one of them before carrying out the brutal stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has more:

Idaho college killer likely a stalker or knew students, ex-FBI profiler says

Victims were stabbed to death in their beds

Wednesday 23 November 2022 17:14 , Andrea Blanco

Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told NewsNation that each victim suffered multiple stab wounds from a “pretty large knife.”

“It has to be somebody pretty angry in order to stab four people to death,” Mabbutt said.

Mabbutt’s comments expanded on the autopsy reports that concluded the four students were murdered by being stabbed to death. The bodies were found on the second and third floors.

Authorities have said they were found in their bead and were likely sleeping at the time of the attack.

Terror grips Moscow after quadruple murder

Wednesday 23 November 2022 16:28 , Andrea Blanco

More than ten days after the brutal stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, shocked Moscow a dark cloud remains over the small college town, residents tell The Independent’s Sheila Flynn.

The local can’t keep up with demands for deadbolts, receiving up to 50 requests a day — more work than the two store employees can take on.

One student at Idaho University estimates that 50 per cent of the student body, which makes up half of Moscow’s population, has left campus.

Meanwhile, a tattoo shop owner has offered to walk residents home and check their homes before they locked their doors.

Read Sheila’s report from on the ground in Idaho:

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

Multiple people were at the home when 911 call was made

Wednesday 23 November 2022 15:23 , Andrea Blanco

Police revealed earlier this week that the two surviving roommates had ‘summoned friends’ to the home around noon on 13 November because they believed one of the victims had passed out.

More than one person spoke to the 911 dispatcher before officers were dispatched to the residence in the college town of Moscow.

Police arrived at the scene and found the bodies of the four victims on the second and third floors.

It is thought that they were killed during their sleep.

Timeline of the brutal murders

Wednesday 23 November 2022 14:30 , Megan Sheets

More than s week on from the murders, much remains a mystery surrounding the circumstances of the horrific stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21.

Officials believe the students were killed sometime between 3am and 4am on 13 November.

Law enforcement was called to the home on King Road at 11.58am on Sunday after a 911 call came in alerting them to “an unconscious individual”.

The call was made from the cellphone of one of the surviving roommates but police have refused to confirm the identity of the caller.

Authorities have since revealed that all four victims were stabbed to death with an “edged weapon such as a knife” – though the murder weapon has not been found.

The Independent’s Io Dodds and Rachel Sharp have an updated timeline of the developments in the case:

Timeline: What we know so far about the murder of four University of Idaho students

Police dispel speculation surrounding murders of four University of Idaho students

Wednesday 23 November 2022 14:10 , Megan Sheets

Authorities in Moscow, where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death last week, have warned the public against rumours online.

During a press conference on Sunday, Moscow Police revealed few details about the ongoing investigation into the brutal murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20. No arrests have been made a week after the slayings and police have yet to identify any suspects.

Authorities addressed conspiracies surrounding the murders that have been spreading online. Police Captain Roger Lanier denied reports that the victims had been found tied and gagged and said that any information circulating about the identity of the 911 caller was mere speculation.

Read more from Andrea Blanco:

Moscow police dispel specualtion surrounding University of Idaho students’ murders

Moscow police to give update at 1pm press conference

Wednesday 23 November 2022 13:49 , Megan Sheets

Authorities with the Moscow Police Department and other agencies involved in the massive search for a suspect in the Idaho college murders case are set to give their latest update today.

A press conference is scheduled for 1pm local time.

It’s been three days since police gave their last press conference on Sunday evening.

In that event, very little new information was presented - adding to frustrations over the pace of the investigation.

It is unclear what information could come out of the press conference today.

Grieving families demand conspiracists to stop: ‘All the noise is really harming’

Wednesday 23 November 2022 13:00 , Andrea Blanco

The first of four services for the victims was held on Monday in the Washington State hometown of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, the sole male victim of the quadruple homicide more than a week earlier near the University of Idaho, The Independent’s Sheila Flynn writes.

His girlfriend, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her roommates Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, were also killed in the attack.

The memorial was closed to the media.

In her latest report from on the ground in Idaho, Sheila writes: “As hundreds gathered to pay their respects, the three other victims’ families were also grieving six hours away in Idaho – and pleading for an end to wild speculation about the case that has both amplified their pain and complicated investigations.”

“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.”

Read the full story here:

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

Moscow police is aware that Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker

Wednesday 23 November 2022 12:00 , Andrea Blanco

Authorities have confirmed that they’re actively investigating the reports that one of the four University of Idaho students killed on 13 November had a stalker.

“We’re aware of these various reports and we’re investigating,” a Moscow Police Department spokesperson told ABC on Tuesday.

Goncalves, her roommates Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin were brutally stabbed to death during the attack last week.

“There is a piece of evidence out there somewhere that’s gonna help us solve this case,” the spokesperson added to ABC.

The Independent has reached out to the department for comment.

Slain University of Idaho students Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves (GoFundme)
Slain University of Idaho students Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves (GoFundme)

Dog was found unharmed at the home where murders took place, police reveal

Wednesday 23 November 2022 11:00 , Andrea Blanco

Idaho police have confirmed that an unharmed dog was found at the crime scene of the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students.

The Moscow Police Department released a statement on Monday saying that officers responding to the fatal stabbings at 1122 King Road on 13 November located a dog at the residence.

The pet was unharmed and turned over to Animal Services, police said.

It has since been released to a “responsible party.” it is unclear who owned the dog.

It was not disclosed whether police believe that the killer, who is still at large, spared the dog’s life or never came into contact with it.

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn has the story:

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

Killer ‘likely knew victims and layout of the house,’ criminology expert weighs in

Wednesday 23 November 2022 10:00 , Andrea Blanco

Jim Clemente, a retired FBI agent, told Fox News Digital that the suspect behind the killings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, was likely a young man who had not carried out a murder before.

“He’s sloppy,” the behavioural analysis expert told the network. “This is probably more of a compulsive kind of person, that would put him at a younger age and, maybe in the age group or just above the victims.”

“I don’t think he’s particularly sophisticated, criminally sophisticated or forensically sophisticated.”

Mr Clemente, who is not working on the case, also told Fox that the murderer likely knew one of the victims, or had been stalking them recently.

Investigators move boundary tape to cover back of the King Road home

Wednesday 23 November 2022 09:00 , Andrea Blanco

Police have cordoned off the parking lot of the Moscow, Idaho, home where four University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death on 13 November.

The area had not previously been blocked off, Fox News Digital reported.

It is unclear whether the department has cordoned off the area to preserve potential evidence from contamination or if new developments in the investigation into the horrific stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, have already been made.

The Moscow Police Department said in a statement to The Independent that the crime scene “was not expanded” but “the boundary tape was moved [because] detectives needed extra space to work.

The Independent asked the department for clarification on why it had not been moved before.

 (AP)
(AP)

Idaho investigators seek surveillance video

Wednesday 23 November 2022 08:00 , Andrea Blanco

Authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students have asked for outside surveillance video.

The Moscow Police Department late Saturday requested from businesses and residences in specific parts of the city any footage recorded between 3am and 6am on 13 November.

Police said they have received more than 600 tips after the killings shook the Idaho Panhandle community of 25,000 residents.

More than 90 people have been interviewed. No arrests have been made as of Tuesday evening and authorities have yet to identify any suspects.

A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday.

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

Wednesday 23 November 2022 07:00 , Andrea Blanco

Moscow resident Heather Tetwiler told Fox News that the slain students — Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Moge, 21, — would host typical college gatherings, but that the residence was “not necessarily a party house.”

“They had like small gatherings, maybe like ten people or so and it never really got crazy other than the usual college stuff but they were pretty respectful,” Ms Tetwiler said.

Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of forced entry into the six-bedroom home.

Investigators continue to piece together what happened in the early morning hours of 13 November and the circumstances surrounding the brutal fatal stabbings.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has more:

Slain Idaho students often ‘hosted parties’ in their rental home, neighbours say

‘Private party’ who drove Kaylee and Maddie home is ruled out, new details about 911 call revealed

Wednesday 23 November 2022 06:00 , Andrea Blanco

Moscow police announced on Saturday that an anonymous “private party” drove Goncalves and Mogen home.

“At this time, detectives have investigated the private party driver who took Kaylee and Madison home on November 13th and do not believe he is involved in this crime,” the department wrote on its Facebook page on Sunday.

The briefing also contained new details about the role of the victims’ two surviving roommates, who were likely home at the time of the murder.

The surviving individuals arrived back at home around 1am, according to police.

They are not suspects in the investigations and are “not necessarily” considered suspects, police have said.

However, once the roommates were home, they fell asleep and didn’t wake up until “later on November 13th,” Moscow police said, helping to explain why police were not called until noon later that day.

The murders took pace sometime between 3am and 4am.

The 911 call was “made from inside the residence on one of the roommates’ cell phones,” police added.

They had “summoned friends to the residence” because they believed one of the victims had passed out.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, y Kaylee Goncalves, 21 (Instagram)
Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, y Kaylee Goncalves, 21 (Instagram)

Killer was ‘sloppy’ and left behind overwhelming evidence, parents say

Wednesday 23 November 2022 05:00 , Andrea Blanco

Steve and Kristi Goncalves, whose daughter Kaylee was among the four killed at an off-campus house, said they’ve heard from police that the crime scene is sprawling and chaotic.

The investigation last week is moving slowly because the killer left behind a “mess” of evidence, according to Mr Goncalves.

“They’re telling us that there’s so much evidence that it’s going to take a lot of time to process it all,” Mr Goncalves told Fox News. “This wasn’t like a pinpoint crime. This person was sloppy.”

The victims’ bodies were found at noon on 13 November, after two surviving roommates called 911.

Autopsies conducted last week determined that Kaylee, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were all stabbed to death with a “large knife.”

The Independent’s Josh Marcus has the story:

Idaho murder victim’s parents say police struggling with ‘mess’ of evidence

Six hundred tips. No suspects or witnesses

Wednesday 23 November 2022 04:00 , Andrea Blanco

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Idaho that the investigation has been compounded by changing stories from law enforcement and wild social media speculation that has seeped into the local rumour mill.

In her latest report, she writes: “Almost everything that happened in that residence after 1.45am last Sunday still remains a mystery ...”

“The investigation has already included 646 tips, 90 interviews and more than 130 members of law enforcement, authorities said Sunday. “

“The FBI alone had 44 people working on the murders, including two members of the Behavioural Analysis Unit – the criminal profiling unit made famous by Criminal Minds.”

Read Sheila’s full coverage of the story:

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

Idaho police investigating whether victim had a stalker

Wednesday 23 November 2022 03:40 , Sravasti Dasgupta

The Moscow Police Department said that it has “looked extensively” into reports that murder victim Kaylee Goncalves may have complained of a stalker.

“Investigators have looked extensively into information they received about Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker. They have pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker,” the department wrote on Facebook on Tuesday night.

Sheila Flynn reports from Moscow, Idaho:

Idaho police are investigating whether victim had a stalker

Xana Kernodle was ‘a strong woman who worked hard for what she wanted,’ sister says

Wednesday 23 November 2022 03:00 , Andrea Blanco

Jazzmin Kernodle is a better person because of her sister, Xana, she wrote in an Instagram post last week.

The sisters would have silly fights in the halls of their high school, Jazzmin recalls, only to make up and get closer with each fight.

Xana was the “life of the party, a dancing queen,” but also the friend who would light up a room and offer and encourage her loved ones to enjoy life to the full.

“I know Xana never let an opportunity pass her by, and she was so happy whenever I saw her ... She was someone that was always worth recording because who knew what funny thing she was going to say or do next,” Jazzmin recounted in her post.

Jazzmin remembers Xana as a strong young woman who “worked hard for what she wanted,” a sentiment that was echoed by their father, Jeffrey Kernodle.

Mr Kernodle described Xana as a “tough kid,” telling CBS how investigators informed him that she had defensive wounds and likely fought her attacker until her death.

The killings of Xana, her boyfriend Ethan Chapin and her roommates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen have rocked the town of Moscow, but have also brought the community together in remembering the lives taken on 13 November.

Several memorials and tributes have already taken place and more are planned for the victims.

This Dec. 2021 photo provided by Jazzmin Kernodle shows father Jeff Kernodle, left, Xana, middle, and Jazzmin, rigth
This Dec. 2021 photo provided by Jazzmin Kernodle shows father Jeff Kernodle, left, Xana, middle, and Jazzmin, rigth

A timeline of the brutal murders that shocked Moscow, Idaho

Wednesday 23 November 2022 02:00 , Andrea Blanco

A week on from the murders, much remains a mystery surrounding the circumstances of the horrific stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21.

Officials believe the students were killed sometime between 3am and 4am on 13 November.

Law enforcement was called to the home on King Road at 11.58am on Sunday after a 911 call came in alerting them to “an unconscious individual”.

The call was made from the cellphone of one of the surviving roommates but police have refused to confirm the identity of the caller.

Authorities have since revealed that all four victims were stabbed to death with an “edged weapon such as a knife” – though the murder weapon has not been found.

The Independent’s Io Dodds and Rachel Sharp have an updated timeline of the developments in the case:

Timeline: What we know so far about the murder of four University of Idaho students