University of Idaho student murders probe: Investigators have received more than 260 digital submissions



Nearly two weeks after the stabbing of four University of Idaho students, police are still looking for clues and are asking the public for help.

Investigators are reviewing more than 260 digital submissions — including videos and photos — from the public for an FBI link, Moscow police said Friday night.

Detectives are asking for all available videos, whether or not there appears to be movement and content, police said in a press release late Friday.

The Four Students – Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21 — were found stabbed to death in a Moscow home on Nov. 13, and police still haven’t found a suspect or the murder weapon, believed to be a fixed-blade knife.

Goncalves and Mogen were at a sports bar the night of the murders, and Chapin and Kernodle were at a fraternity party. Two roommates were home when the four bodies were found. Police say they do not believe the housemates were involved in the murders.

Detectives are also seeking additional tips and surveillance video of unusual behavior on the night of Nov. 12 into the early hours of Nov. 13, while Kaylee and Madison were in downtown Moscow and while Ethan and Xana were at the Sigma Chi home. the release said. said. “Anyone who sees unusual behavior near these areas or has video surveillance is asked to submit their tips.”

Investigators have sent 113 pieces of physical evidence they collected to the Idaho State Police crime lab for analysis, the Moscow Police Department said in Friday’s update.

Police said earlier this week they have combed through more than 1,000 tips and questioned more than 150 people.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has pledged up to $1 million toward expenses related to the ongoing investigation, Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills said at a news conference earlier this week.

“Like all Idaho residents, Governor Little is deeply saddened by the loss of these four bright and promising young lives,” said Wills. “And he will ensure that the State of Idaho provides all possible means to ensure that the person or persons responsible are brought to justice.”

More than 45 detectives from the FBI, State Police and Moscow Police are involved in the murder case.

Authorities have said they cannot rule out the possibility that more than one person could be involved in the killings. Police believe the attack was targeted.

The killings are the first in Moscow since 2015 and have rocked the city and the university campus of 9,300 students. Some professors canceled classes last week. One of them wrote on social media that he “cannot in good conscience teach” until police release more information or identify a suspect.

While students were on fall break this week, University President Scott Green sent a note to students and staff about learning opportunities on Tuesday. When classes resume, there are still two weeks left in the semester.

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“Faculty has been asked to prepare face-to-face and distance learning opportunities so that each student can choose their mode of engagement,” he wrote. “Moving courses completely online is not preferred, but may be necessary in limited situations.”

As rumors swirl around the city of about 25,000 people about the killings, police have said they are releasing only vetted information that does not impede the investigation.

“It is speculation without any factual basis, fueling fear in the community and spreading false facts,” said Friday’s release. Police encourage the public to refer to “official releases for accurate information and updated progress” on the investigation.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
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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