Moscow, Idaho community on edge as students return from break, police see more 911 calls pouring in

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MOSCOW, Idaho — The Moscow, Idaho police department is grappling with an influx of callers concerned about their safety as the investigation into the quadruple homicide involving four local college students enters its third week.

Since Sunday, Moscow police have seen an increase in calls from people reporting “unusual circumstances” or requesting welfare checks on loved ones in the weeks since four University of Idaho students were found murdered on Nov. 13. Police have received 78 calls for unusual circumstances and 36 requests that police conduct a welfare check — more than the 70 and 18 they received in October as a whole, the department said in a press release on Sunday.

Police are also sounding the alarm about a trend of callers notifying their friends or family before calling officers to respond, authorities said.

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“We understand that there is a sense of fear in our community,” police said. “For life safety and emergencies, we want to remind our community to call 9-1-1 before notifying family or friends.”

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University of Idaho student Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and 21-year-old Madison Mogen were stabbed and killed multiple times in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, officials have said. Police have not identified any suspects and have not recovered a murder weapon.

Similar to the trend described by police on Sunday, the quartet’s concerned friends called other people to the house before notifying police.

Moscow police were called shortly before noon on November 13 to a report of an “unconscious person” at the home on King Road, but several people had gathered at the crime scene by the time police arrived, officials said .

The home where four University of Idaho students were murdered on November 13

According to police, the 911 call came “from inside the residence” and came from the cell phones of one of the surviving roommates. Police said several people spoke to the dispatcher before officers arrived.

Investigators determined that all four were likely stabbed in their sleep sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., after returning home from a night out. Some of the victims appeared to have defended themselves.

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State Police forensics search for clues in Moscow, Idaho on Monday, November 21, 2022. Four University of Idaho students murdered in this home on November 13.

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All four victims are believed to have been killed with a single “fixed knife,” police said.

Two other housemates were in the house, on the ground floor, at the time of the murders, but were unharmed.

University monument

Flowers at an impromptu memorial at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho on Monday, November 21, 2022, for four of its students who were killed on November 13.

Officials have called the attack “targeted” but have not said who the intended victim was.

Police said on Sunday they had received more than 488 “digital media submissions” through the FBI portal.

Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills said investigators had collected 103 pieces of evidence from the crime scene and taken an estimated 4,000 photos as of Wednesday.

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“We took multiple 3D scans of the residence and put hundreds of hours of use by technicians and investigators, including our multi-agency forensic teams and detectives,” Wills continued.

He added that investigators “processed more than a thousand tips and conducted 150 interviews.”

Meanwhile, officials said late Tuesday that investigators had received information that Goncalves may have had a stalker. Investigators “have looked extensively” at those reports and “pursued hundreds of pieces of information” related to the stalker tip.

On Wednesday, they were unable to confirm the information or identify a stalker. Moscow police captain Roger Lanier added that while conducting interviews, police learned that Goncalves had “made some comments about a stalker”.

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“And we’ve looked further into specific time frames and specific areas of the city,” he continued. “So far we haven’t been able to confirm it. But we’re not done examining that piece of information yet.”

Idaho Governor Brad Little has since allocated up to $1 million to the ongoing investigation.

Moscow police are urging the public to submit any images or information they believe may be important or helpful to their investigation. They can do this by calling 208-883-7180submitting tips at [email protected] and submitting digital media here.

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Authorities have also created a special webpage related to the King Road attack.

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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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