Idaho murders news – live: Victim Ethan Chapin mourned at memorial as outrage over lack of clues grows

Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

Loved ones of University of Idaho murder victim Ethan Chapin gathered on Monday to remember the slain student.

“We want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of Ethan’s life,” his family wrote in a program for the memorial in his hometown of Mount Vernon, Washington.

“It is an incredible testimony to his character just how many lives he has touched in his short 20 years. The loss is unimaginable but our family will persevere.”

Chapin, along with Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle, were stabbed to death at an off-campus home in Moscow on 13 November.

More than one week later, investigators continue to be baffled by the case, with no arrests made and no suspects identified – spurring mounting frustration from families and the community.

On Sunday, police admitted they have no idea if the killer is still in Moscow or has fled the area, despite the overwhelming “mess” of evidence left behind.


Idaho investigators ‘expand crime scene’ to cover parking lot of home

Crime scene investigators have expanded the crime scene to cover an area in the back of the home that had not previously been blocked off, Fox News Digital reported.

It is unclear whether the department has cordoned off the area to preserve potential evidence from contamination or if new developments in the investigation into the horrific stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Moge, 21, have already been made.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the full story:

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 13:20


Moscow police dispel online speculation surrounding murders

Authorities addressed conspiracies surrounding the murders that have been spreading online. 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.

“We know that people want answers, we want answers, too,” Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills also said. “Please be patient as we work through this investigation. We owe this to these young kids. To these young adults. We owe it to them. And we’re absolutely dedicated to mak[ing] sure that that happens.”

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 12:40


Kaylee Goncalves’ parents decry accusations against their daughter’s ex-boyfriend

Goncalves, 21, had recently amicably broken up with her longtime boyfriend.

Internet sleuths spreading baseless speculation have accused him of having a connection to the crime after it was revealed that Goncalves’ called him before being killed. Moscow Police has cleared the man and said he is not suspect in the brutal killings.

The Goncalves family has said that the pair still remained extremely close and seemed on the verge of getting back together. The Independent has redacted the name of Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend to avoid undue speculation.

“They’re wasting their time with [redacted]. [redacted] is just as [redacted] as we are. Jack is our family,” Ms Goncalves said.

“[redacted] is with us and we stand behind him 1000 per cent. We know in our hearts, our minds, our souls, the depths of our souls, Jack is hurting. Kaylee and Jack would’ve eventually been married and they would’ve eventually had children together.”

The Independent’s Josh Marcus has the story:

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 12:00


The Idaho murder mystery that’s stumped police

Moscow, Idaho, woke up on Monday with law enforcement everywhere, seldom students in town and answers still to be found.

The bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, were discovered around noon on 13 November.

All four had been brutally stabbed and were found on the second and third floors of a house just two blocks from the University of Idaho campus.

A week on from the brutal murders, The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports on the ground in Moscow:

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 11:20


Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle attended fraternity party before murders

Chapin and Kernodle, who were dating at the time of their deaths, had attended a party together at the Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho campus.

They returned to the scene of the murder, where Kernodle lived and Chapin would frequently visit, around 1.45am on 13 November.

According to police, the murders took place sometime between 3am and 4am that day.

Authorities were called to the scene around noon.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 10:40


Surviving roommates returned home before victims

Detectives said over the weekend that they believe the two surviving roommates had been out in the Moscow community, separately, but returned home by 1am on 13 November.

They woke up at noon and ‘summoned friends’ to the home because they believed one of the victims had passed out.

Police arrived at the scene after receiving a 911 call from one of the surviving roommates’ cellphones to find the four victims on the second and third floors.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 10:00


Police struggle with ‘mess’ of evidence left behind by ‘sloppy killer’

Steve and Kristi Goncalves, whose daughter Kaylee was among the four killed at an off-campus house in the early hours of 13 November, said they’ve heard from police that the crime scene is sprawling and chaotic.

“They’re telling us that there’s so much evidence that it’s going to take a lot of time to process it all,” Mr Goncalves told Fox News. “This wasn’t like a pinpoint crime. This person was sloppy.”

No arrests have been made in the case and police have yet to identify any suspects in the investigation.

The Independent’s Josh Marcus has the story:

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 09:20


University of Idaho offers alternatives to in-person classes amid safey concerns

During a presser on Sunday, University President Scott Green said that instructors were preparing to accommodate students who had decided to travel home before the Thanksgiving break.

Last week, authorities asked the community to remain vigilant as the killer is still at large.

“We will be communicating decisions early this week so that families can discuss and plan their individual response over the Thanksgiving break,” Mr Green said.

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 08:40


Idaho victim’s injuries ‘show she fought killer’ as officials say attack ‘was personal’

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 – sustaining injuries that caused them to bleed out inside their home.

Kernodle’s devastated father Jeffrey Kernodle said that his daughter’s injuries showed how she desperately tried to fight off the person who killed her, her boyfriend and two friends in the horror attack.

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

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the story:

Andrea Blanco22 November 2022 08:00


Dozens of law enforcement officials arrive in Moscow

Officials said that dozens of additional law enforcement officers have arrived in Moscow to aid the probe in the killing of four University of Idaho students on 13 November.

The Moscow Police Department said four detectives, five support staff and 24 patrol officers are working on the case.

22 investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are helping in Moscow, and 20 more agents assisting from outside the area.The Idaho State Police has supplied 20 investigators, 15 troopers for patrols and its mobile crime scene team.

Sravasti Dasgupta22 November 2022 07:45

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