Idaho college murders – updates: Moscow police deny victims were gagged as ‘mess’ of evidence revealed

Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

Investigators have confirmed that the mystery 911 call alerting police to the four murdered University of Idaho students was not made by their killer.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death inside an off-campus home in the early hours of 13 November.

Hours later, police responded to a 911 call for an “unconscious individual” and found the victims dead on the second and third floors.

More than one week on from the killings, investigators continue to be baffled by the case, with no arrests made and no suspects identified. On Sunday, police admitted that they have no idea if the killer is still at large within the community or has fled the area, despite the overwhelming “mess” of evidence they left behind.

Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier denied reports that the victims had been found tied and gagged and said that any information circulating about the identity of the 911 caller was mere speculation.

Two surviving roommates who were in the home at the time of the murders, a male seen on Twitch video that also featured Goncalves and Mogen at a food truck hours before they died, and an individual who drove the two of them home that night are not considered suspects, police said.


Dog was skinned, filleted three miles from scene of the murders

Three weeks ago, Jim and Pam Colbert’s 12-year-old mini Australian shepherd was killed when they let it outside their backyard.

“We called the sheriff’s department and the supervisor said that Buddy had been skinned,” Ms Colbert told the Daily Mail.

She continued: “It was like a deer that someone had hunted. They cut him around the neck and just skinned him. His little legs had fur and his little face had fur, but the rest of him was just skinned.”

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 02:40


Kaylee Goncalves called ex-boyfriend seven times before she was killed

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, was found stabbed to death alongside friends Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, at a home where the three women lived in Moscow, Idaho, on 13 November.

Goncalvez’ sister Alivea came forward over the weekend about her phone activity on the night of the murders. She said that her sister had called her ex-boyfriend seven times the night she was killed but he had missed the calls because he was sleeping.

“At 2.26am, Kaylee starts to call [redacted]” Ms Goncalves told Inside Edition. “Kaylee calls [redacted] six times between 2.26 am and 2.44am. From 2.44am to 2.52am Maddie calls [redacted] three times, then Kaylee makes a final call to him at 2.52am.”

Ms Goncalves gave the first name of the man in question, but The Independent has redacted it to avoid undue speculation. On Sunday, Moscow Police said that the man was not considered a suspect in the investigations.

She also told The New York Times that her family “stand behind Jack 100% and know he absolutely had nothing to do with this at all.”

The Independent’s Megan Sheets has the story:

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 02:00


A week on from the murders, questions keep mounting

The quadruple murder of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, on 13 November shocked the small college town of Moscow.

Much of the brutal stabbings remains a mystery, with police refusing to release details in order to protect the investigation.

Among the mystery surrounding the case is how the killer was able to subdue the four victims without waking up them or the surviving roommates. The bodies were found on the second and third floors.

Police have admitted they continue to investigate the evidence to piece together what exactly happened on the night of the slayings.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 01:20


Surviving roommates ‘summoned friends’ to the home before 911 call

According to the authorities, two of the surviving roommates of the victims “summoned friends to the residence because they believed one of the second-floor victims had passed out and was not waking up”.

“At 11.58am, a 911 call requested aid for an unconscious person. The call originated from inside the residence on one of the surviving roommates’ cell phone,” Moscow city’s police department wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday without revealing the identity of the caller.

“Multiple people talked with the 911 dispatcher before a Moscow Police officer arrived at the location. Officers entered the residence and found the four victims on the second and third floors,” the department added.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 00:40


Authorities continue efforts to track killer

The Moscow Police Department said that the contents of three dumpsters on King Road to locate possible evidence have been seized.

The department has also contacted local businesses with inquiries about fixed-blade knife sales similar to the one used in the killings.

More than 600 tips have been received and are currently being processed or have already been investigated and cleared.

Ninety individuals who may have information about the murders have been interviewed.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 00:00


Victim’s father describes tragedy as his ‘worst nightmare’

Jeffrey Kernodle, the father of one of four students at the University of Idaho found stabbed to death at the home three of them shared, told The Independent the tragedy is his “worst nightmare.”

“How can you protect your kid? You keep them at home and don’t let [them] go to college? They’re not gonna stay at home like that,” Mr Kornodle told The Independent on Thursday. “So, it’s really mind-boggling. It’s just completely unthinkable and it’s the worst nightmare.”

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Andrea Blanco21 November 2022 23:20


Timeline of the murders

Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Kaylee Goncalves were found dead at a house near the University of Idaho campus on Sunday, mere hours after posting smiling photographs on Instagram.

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

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

The Independent’s Io Dodds and Rachel Sharp have a timeline of the events:

Andrea Blanco21 November 2022 22:40


Police rules out roommates, ex-boyfriend as suspects

Addressing rampant speculation online, Moscow police said on Sunday that a mysterious man captured on a food truck’s web camera with Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen is not suspect.

Authorities also ruled out Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend, who she called seven times before she was killed and the two roommates who were in the apartment at the time of the slayings. Investigators have warned the public against online rumours about the murders, advising the community to only listen to official sources.

The Independent’s Josh Marcus has the story:

Andrea Blanco21 November 2022 21:40


Xana Kernodle fought her killer, father says

Autopsy findings, released on Thursday, revealed that Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were all stabbed multiple times with a large knife.

Jeffrey Kernodle said that his daughter had defensive wounds from the attack that took her life.

“Bruises, torn by the knife. She’s a tough kid,” Mr Jeffrey told CBS5.

Speaking with The Independent, Mr Kernodle said that the tragedy was his ‘worst nightmare.’

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Andrea Blanco21 November 2022 21:10


Multiple people were in the home when 911 was called

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Moscow Police said the two surviving roommates ‘summoned friends to the residence because they believed one of the second-floor victims had passed out and was not waking up’

Authorities were called at 11.58am on 13 November, and more than one person spoke to the dispatcher before an officer was dispatched.

“Officers entered the residence and found the four victims on the second and third floors,” the department said in a statement. “At 11.58am, a 911 call requested aid for an unconscious person. The call originated from inside the residence on one of the surviving roommates’ cell phone.”

The Independent has the story:

Andrea Blanco21 November 2022 20:39

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