Idaho college student murders updates: Tips pour in over mystery car as Moscow police debunk link to bodycam footage

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Father of Idaho murder victim says ‘means of death’ don’t match

Moscow police have been inundated with tips about a mysterious vehicle that could hold the key to solving the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students in Moscow, Idaho.

Investigators announced on Wednesday that they are seeking the occupant or occupants of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was seen “in the immediate vicinity” of the home on King Road in the early hours of Nov. 13.

The time of the vehicle’s sighting matches the time when Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin, and Xana Kernodle were stabbed to death in their beds.

The occupant of the vehicle “may have critical information to share about this case,” police said.

Since the call for information was made, tips have come in prompting officials to route the tip line to an FBI call center to fulfill the demand — while border agents are also looking for the vehicle.

Investigators have debunked theories that the car was seen on police bodycam footage near the home at around 3 a.m. on Nov. 13. The footage was from an unrelated “alcohol” incident unrelated to the murders, police said.

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Neighbor recalls hearing what he first thought was a scream or a “party noise”.

Though he wasn’t sure, Inan Harsh said afterwards that it might have sounded like a scream.

As the case enters its fourth week with no killer caught, no suspects identified and more questions than answers, Mr Harsh spoke to the Idaho statesman about his vague memory of the night the murders took place.

He recalled hearing what he first thought was a scream or a “party noise” coming from the victims’ house before going to bed around 4am. Police suspect the murders took place between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

“I thought nothing of it,” Mr Harsh told the Statesman of the noise. “After what happened, I definitely had reservations. Maybe it wasn’t a party sound. I don’t know what good it does for them now.”

The independent has the story:

Andrew BlancoDecember 10, 2022 11:00 AM

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These 12 questions could be the key to solving the murders in Idaho

Investigators have admitted they are stunned by the murders in the small, notoriously safe college town and still have no suspects or individuals on their radar. For the past 26 days, officials have provided few updates on the case — this silence and absence of information has only led to an avalanche of online rumors and conspiracy theories among internet sleuths.

While the police won’t say what they do know, they have resorted to debunking some of these online theories that they know are false.

But with every piece of information revealed or every theory debunked, dozens more questions about the matter emerge.

Here, The independent delves deep into the mountain of unresolved questions – and the sparse details we do know.

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Unrelated battery arrest within a mile of Moscow murder house

The man, 39-year-old James Leonard, is not considered a suspect in last month’s brutal stabbings, Moscow police have said. Leonard was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating his wife and underage daughter before self-harming with a knife, a criminal indictment obtained by Fox News Digital revealed.

Moscow police told Fox that the two investigations in the usually safe city of just 25,000 are in no way related. Meanwhile, the investigation into the murders appeared to be entering a breakthrough phase on Wednesday, as local authorities revealed they were seeking information about a white Hyundai Elantra that had been seen near the students’ home around the time of the murders.

(Latah County Sheriff’s Office)

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The FBI is now getting tips on the white Hyundai Elantra seen near the crime scene on the morning of the murders

Moscow police said in a statement Thursday: “Due to the high volume of calls with tips and leads coming in regarding the request for information on a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra, the tip line is now being directed to an FBI call center. ”

“The global call center has the resources to take those calls, categorize them, and forward them to investigators so they can use those tips in the investigation.”

“Please note that this new calling process requires patience from the caller and there are some directions to follow. Remember, your tip could be the key to solving this case.”

Detectives can be reached at 208-883-7180. Tips may also be submitted via email at [email protected] and on the FBI’s website.

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Neighbors of murder victims in Idaho recall hearing strange noises coming from the crime scene home on the night of the murders

Though he wasn’t sure, Inan Harsh said afterwards that it might have sounded like a scream.

As the case enters its fourth week with no killer caught, no suspects identified and more questions than answers, Mr Harsh spoke to the Idaho statesman about his vague memory of the night the murders took place.

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Retracing the last hours of the victims

Despite more details becoming available in the two weeks since the murders, key pieces of what happened in the early morning hours of November 13 are still missing.

Police have revealed the victims’ last steps, but the timeline becomes blurry as the second part of the night of the murders unfolds.

The pair walked straight down Main Street to a red-brick building that used to house the now-defunct Garden Lounge; a favorite food truck, Grub Wandering Kitchen – affectionately called Grub Truck by its many local fans – often parks outside on Main Street.

Goncalves and Mogen ordered, laughed and chatted with friends while getting their pasta carbonara; according to police, they were given a lift home from a “private party” and returned to King Road at around 1:56 am.

Kernodle and Chapin returned to King Road at about 1:45 am. The young couple had gone to a party across the street at Sigma Chi.

The other two housemates on King Road – who have still not been named by authorities – had arrived home first, at around 1am, and fell asleep, according to police.

Mogen and Goncalves both called the same number multiple times about an hour after they got home.

Goncalves’ sister said the unanswered calls were directed to her ex-boyfriend, who had dated her sister for years before they split amicably, and still shared a dog named Murphy. He has been ruled out as a suspect.

Authorities believe a killer or killers fatally stabbed Chapin, Kernodle, Goncalves, and Mogen between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Their bodies were not found until nearly nine hours later, around noon on November 13.

(AP/Datawrapper/Moscow City Police Station)

Andrew BlancoDecember 10, 2022 07:00

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Excluded persons can be interviewed again

Moscow police chief James Fry told Fox News on Tuesday that “released” individuals could still be summoned to talk to police if the evidence led law enforcement back to them.

“We always have the option to re-interview,” he said.

To date, investigators have ruled out: the two surviving housemates who were unharmed and appear to have slept through the murders, other friends who were in the house when 911 was called to alert police to the murders, Goncalves’ former longtime friend, a man seen on camera with Mogen and Goncalves at a food truck on the night of November 12, and the person who gave them a ride from the food truck to the house where they died.

The independent‘s Rachel Sharp has the story:

Andrew BlancoDecember 10, 2022 06:30

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Man arrested a mile from the University of Idaho for stabbings unrelated to the murders

A convicted murderer was arrested on battery charge just a mile from where four University of Idaho students were murdered in November.

The man, 39-year-old James Leonard, is not considered a suspect in last month’s brutal stabbings, Moscow police have said. Leonard was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating his wife and underage daughter before self-harming with a knife, a criminal indictment obtained by Fox News Digital revealed.

Moscow police told Fox that the two investigations in the usually safe city of just 25,000 are in no way related. Meanwhile, the investigation into the murders appeared to be entering a breakthrough phase on Wednesday, as local authorities revealed they were seeking information about a white Hyundai Elantra that had been seen near the students’ home around the time of the murders.

The independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

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The family of the murdered Idaho student is considering legal action

Some of the victims’ families have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of information, with Goncalves’ father Steve Goncalves accusing officials of “fucking up a million times” during the ongoing investigation.

Mr Goncalves told Fox News Digital on Tuesday that he has consulted with several lawyers about what legal avenues he could use to challenge the police’s lack of transparency and progress.

The independent’s Rachel Sharp has the story:

Andrew BlancoDecember 10, 2022 5:30 AM

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Moscow police debunk rumors of white car seen in bodycam video

Videos circulated on social media showed a Moscow police officer talking to individuals less than a mile from the off-campus home where Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were stabbed to death on Nov. 13.

The interaction, which police said stemmed from an alcohol violation, occurred just before 3 a.m., putting it right in front of the 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. window in which the students were believed to have died.

But Moscow police have now shut down speculation around the video, tellingly The independent on Thursday that the incident on the body camera footage is in no way related to the murders and that the white car in the background is not the same one they are seeking information on.

Andrea BlancoDecember 10, 2022 05:00

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