Latest on Idaho murders: College students’ autopsies released as surviving roommates may be ‘key’ to solving case

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Video shows mystery man with murdered Idaho students

Autopsy findings have been released for the four University of Idaho students murdered in an off-campus home, officially establishing their deaths as stabbings.

Latah County coroner Cathy Mabbutt confirmed that each victim suffered multiple stab wounds with “a larger knife”, describing their injuries as “quite extensive”.

As the hunt for the killer or killers continues, DNA samples have been taken from the crime scene, with no names of suspects and no arrests five days into the investigation.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were found dead around noon Sunday in a home in the small college town of Moscow, Idaho.

Police were called to the house for a report of an unconscious person and arrived to find the crime scene. Two surviving roommates were in the house at the time of the murders and were still there when officers arrived.

Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell said the two female students could be “the key to this whole thing.”

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Ethan Chapin’s parents say he 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.”

“He could read and correct any situation,” Ms Chapin added. “He was just so carefree.”

Rachel SharpNov 18, 2022 12:40 PM

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Idaho students suffered ‘multiple, extensive’ stab wounds from ‘large knife,’ autopsy finds

The four University of Idaho students killed in a horror attack at an off-campus home suffered “multiple” stab wounds from a “big knife”, according to the local coroner, when she revealed that DNA samples were collected at the crime scene.

Autopsy findings for Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were released Thursday, officially ruling their deaths as by stabbings.

Latah County coroner Cathy Mabbutt confirmed that each victim had been stabbed multiple times, described their wounds as “quite extensive” and revealed that they bled to death in their dorm.

The independent‘s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel SharpNov 18, 2022 12:20 PM

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Kaylee Gocalve had big plans for her future before she was killed

Goncalves studied general studies at the University of Idaho. She was a month shy of completing her studies.

Her family said she planned to travel to Europe after college.

“She had everything going for her, absolutely everything,” her sister, Alivea Goncalves, told NBC’s TODAY show. “She had her job lined up. She had worked very hard for it.”

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 12:00 PM

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Timeline: what we know so far

Officials in the small town of Moscow, Idaho, are a little cryptic about what happened to four University of Idaho students who were murdered last weekend.

So far, neither the suspect nor the murder weapon have been located and police have warned the small town of 25,000 to remain vigilant.

What exactly happened in the hours before and after the students’ bodies were discovered?

This is the best timeline we currently have.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 18, 2022 11:40 AM

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The victim’s sister urges students to leave Moscow

Relatives of the victims fell out with the police because of their reaction.

“No one is stuck, so no one is safe,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “If you have friends, family or loved ones in Moscow, our family encourages you to bring them home,” she added.

Andrew BlancoNov 18, 2022 11:10 AM

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The Idaho Police Department searches for a Ka-Bar knife

Scott Jutte, the general manager of Moscow Building Supply, revealed that agents have turned up several times looking for Ka-Bar knives.

The combat knives usually have a six inch long blade with a smooth edge on one side and a serrated edge on the other. They became popular with the United States military after they were first adopted by the United States Marines during World War II.

Although Ka-Bar is actually the name for the Ka-Bar Knives Inc brand, the name is now used to describe any knife with a similar blade pattern.

Mr. Jutte described the knives as “similar to the one Rambo has” – referring to the Sylvester Stallone character.

“They specifically asked whether or not we carry Ka-Bar-type knives, which we don’t,” he said of the officers.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 18, 2022 10:50 AM

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Ethan Chapin’s family denounces law enforcement’s ‘lack of information’

Relatives of the victims have argued with law enforcement over their handling of the information being released to the public.

Chapin’s father Jim Chapin urged local police to release more information about the murders.

“There is a lack of information from the University of Idaho and local law enforcement, which only leads to false rumors and innuendos in the press and social media,” Chapin said.

“The silence exacerbates our family’s pain following the murder of our son. For Ethan and his three dear friends killed in Moscow, Idaho, and all of our families, I urge officials to speak the truth, share what they know, find the attacker, and protect the greater community.

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 10:30 am

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The victim’s body had “bruises,” says father

Jeff Kernodle, the father of slain University of Idaho student Xana Kernodle, said his daughter had “bruises” on her body, suggesting she fought the killer.

“Bruises, torn by the knife,” Mr Kernodle told CBS 5.

‘She’s a tough boy. Whatever she wanted to do, she could do it.”

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNov 18, 2022 10:10 am

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Victims last seen alive on footage hours before murders

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.

Mogen and Goncalves go to the truck and order food, with the man standing a few feet behind them – before pulling his hood over his head.

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 independent’s Io Dodds and Rachel Sharp have the story:

Andrew BlancoNovember 18, 2022 9:50 AM

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FBI joins investigation into murder of four college students

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has joined the investigation into the fatal stabbing of the four University of Idaho students as detectives admit the killer or killers are still at large.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said the FBI has joined with the Latah County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho State Police to investigate the killings.

“Currently we have more than 25 detectives working on this case,” he said.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarNovember 18, 2022 9:30 AM

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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