Idaho murders – live: ‘More than one’ suspect may be at large in ‘rambo knife’ university stabbings

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Video shows mystery man with murdered Idaho students

Investigators are exploring the possibility that more than one person is behind the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students, which sent a shock wave through the small college town of Moscow.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death in an off-campus home early Sunday morning.

Four days after the murders, the killer or killers remain at large with no arrests made and no suspects named.

The Latah County coroner’s office released an official report Thursday determining the cause and manner of death by stabbing, KTVB reported.

Latah County prosecutor Bill Thompson has now said it is “certainly possible” that there may be more than murderers.

His comments come after officials appeared to back down their claims that the public is not in danger, with Moscow police chief James Fry admitting on Wednesday: “There is still a threat”.

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Police are investigating the possibility of more than one killer

Four days after the murders, authorities said it is “certainly possible” that more than one killer is on the loose.

“The researchers are currently looking at all options. They don’t have a specific suspect,” Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told NBC’s TODAY show.

“We really hope for information from the public to recreate everyone’s activities.”

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 4:50 AM

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Ethan Chapin spent his last day with his siblings

Chapin, one of four University of Idaho students stabbed to death last weekend, was triplets.

His brother and sister also attend the University of Idaho. Before the murders, Ethan attended a dance organized by his sister’s sorority.

“He was our daughter Maizie’s date, and his brother was Maizie’s roommate’s date,” Chapin’s mother, Stacy Chapin, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

“They all spent their last day together, all dressed up, and had a great time. We are all thankful that they spent that time together.”

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 4:10 AM

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Police are facing backlash from the community for lack of clarity

As the mystery deepened, Moscow residents and students began posting on social media expressing their displeasure at the statements made by local officials.

In response to Mayor Bettge’s “crime of passion” remarks, he told the Statesman that he was just suggesting this as a possible motive, saying, “It could be anything. The police don’t know yet. I was not told.”

He added: “They have determined that there is no other threat to the community. I would say it was just a crime targeting this one location.

On the same day, Annie Reneau, who said she was the mother of a University of Idaho senior, wrote a lengthy Twitter thread summarizing the community’s fears.

“I’m not sure people who are in some way not directly connected to the University of Idaho understand how little information students, parents and community members have been given about the murder of four students two days ago in an off-campus apartment. said Mrs Reneau.

“Police believe it was an isolated, targeted attack. Okay, but someone crazy/angry/drugged/whatever enough to stab four people to death, even if they were targeted, is out there somewhere. I’m not generally paranoid, but that doesn’t fit right, right?

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 3:30 AM

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Manners of death were not immediately released

On Monday, Moscow police named the four students, but officials gave confusing accounts of their fate.

Mr. Bettge told The New York Times that he believed the murder was a “crime of passion”, later admitting to another outlet, “We don’t really know what it was.”

Moscow police chief Fry said a murder-suicide had been ruled out and a suspect was being sought in the killings.

Police continued to insist there was no continuing threat to the public before saying on Wednesday that the community should exercise caution as the suspect is still on the loose.

Autopsies have been completed, but the results have not been released to the public. It is believed that the victims were stabbed with a “sharp weapon such as a knife”.

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 02:50 AM

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The police arrived on the scene after an alarm was reported

Authorities were called to the King Road home at 11.58am on Sunday after an 911 call came in warning them of “an unconscious person”.

When they arrived at the scene, they found that the four victims had been killed by a knife attack.

Officials are tight-lipped about who called 911 and why they would have said it was an “unconscious person” given the bloody nature of the crime scene.

Police have not confirmed whether that person was at the scene when they arrived, or if they are a potential suspect.

The two housemates were still in the house when the police arrived.

The independent has the full story:

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 02:10

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Housemates were not injured, police say

Moscow police revealed on Tuesday that two people who lived with the victims were in the home at the time of the murders.

However, authorities said they were not taken hostage or injured during the attack.

They are not necessarily considered witnesses, police said, but are cooperating fully with the investigation.

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 1:30 AM

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The murders occurred sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Sunday

Authorities believe the victims died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death with a “sharp weapon like a knife.”

The murder weapon has not been found. There was no sign of a break-in, the door turned out not to be locked and nothing seems to have been stolen.

The two other housemates were home at the time of the attack, but were unharmed. Police said they did not necessarily witness the incident and have been cooperating with investigators, officials said.

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 00:50

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Two victims stopped at a food truck before being killed

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Maddison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were seen at a local food truck grabbing some food.

Twitch footage as seen by The independentcaptured the two best friends arriving at the food truck around 1:41 a.m.

An unknown man appears to be walking with them, before backing away as they approach the truck.

For the next 10 minutes you can see the group of young people and students laughing and chatting as they wait for their orders.

The man is seen talking and laughing with another man in line, while Mogen and Goncalves appear to be laughing and joking and taking pictures with each other.

When their food is ready, Mogen and Goncalves leave together, walking away from the truck and turning left.

The man, who was talking to another student at the time, seems to notice them walking away and gestures to them, before turning and walking away from the truck, turning right – the opposite direction of the two women.

All four victims are said to have returned to the house sometime after 1:45 am.

Io Dodds and Rachel Sharp have the full story:

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 00:10

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The latest Instagram post from Kaylee Goncalves

On Saturday, Goncalves posted a photo of herself and all three other slain students standing arm-in-arm on a house porch.

“A lucky girl surrounded by these people every day,” she wrote in her caption.

Also included in the photo are two other women, taken in daylight and hours before the murders.

That night, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle went to a party on the college campus together, while Maddison Mogen and Goncalves went to a bar in Moscow.

The four students were killed after they got home that night.

Andrew BlancoNov 17, 2022 11:32 PM

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Autopsies have been completed, authorities reveal

The Spokane County medical examiner performed all four autopsies on the bodies of the students who died on Sunday.

The results and details have been handed over to the Latah County Coroner’s Office but have not released the findings to the public.

Police have said the victims were stabbed to death with a “sharp weapon such as a knife”, but autopsies will confirm the official cause of death and manner of death.

Andrew BlancoNov 17, 2022 10:28 PM

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