Idaho murders – update: Moscow police seek footage of ‘two areas of interest’ as details of 911 call emerge

Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

Law enforcement officials are seeking surveillance footage from “two areas of interest” in the city of Moscow as part of the ongoing investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death inside the home the three female students shared in the early hours of 13 November.

Two fellow housemates were in the home at the time but were unharmed.

More than one week on from the killings, investigators continue to be baffled by the case, with no arrests made and no suspects identified.

In a press conference on Sunday, police urged members of the public to come forward with any tips or footage in parts of the city between 3am and 6am on 13 November. They have not revealed the reason for the particular window of time.

New details have also emerged about the 911 call alerting police to the quadruple murders. Other “friends” were present in the home when the call was made from the cellphone of one of the surviving roommates, police said.

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Idaho murders victim Kaylee Goncalves’ parents say police struggling with ‘mess’ of evidence

The investigation into the killing of four University of Idaho students last week is moving slowly because the killer left behind a “mess” of evidence, according to one of the victim’s parents.

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.”

The parents also shared their final memories of Kaylee, whom they described as a bright and ambitious young woman who had recently bought her first car, and was planning a backpacking trip to Europe in January ahead of beginning a new job.

The Independent’s Josh Marcus has the full story:

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 14:45

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Who has been ruled out as suspects?

More than one week on from the killings, no suspects have been identified and no arrests made.

Police have however ruled out several individuals as suspects in the murders.

Here are the people so far ruled out in the case:

– Surviving roommates: The two other roommates were home at the time of the murders and appear to have slept through the attack. They were still at the home when officers arrived the next morning.

– ‘Other friends’ at house: Police revealed that other individuals were at the house when the 911 call was placed. The surviving roommates had reportedly called friends to the home as they believed that one of the victims on the second floor “had passed out and was not waking up”. When the friends arrived, one of the people called 911.

– Man at food truck: Twitch footage captured Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves stopping by a local food truck on thier way home on Sunday morning. An unidentified man appears to arrive at the truck with them and wait as they order but Mogen and Goncalves leave the area alone.

– Victim’s ex-boyfriend: Mogen and Goncalves made 10 calls between them from 2.26am and 2.52am to Goncalves’ former longtime boyfriend. The calls were unanswered.

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 14:25

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Multiple ‘other’ friends in home at time of 911 call

Multiple “other” friends were in the home of the murders at the time of the 911 call, it has been revealed.

On Sunday, Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry told reporters that there were other people in the off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, when police responded to the scene.

Police were called to the property at 11.58am on 13 November, after receiving a 911 call for an “unconscious individual”.

When they arrived on the scene, they found the four victims dead.

Police previously revealed that two other roommates were at home at the time of the murders and were still there when officers arrived.

The three slain female students lived in the property with two other female students. The surviving students were unharmed in the attack and are believed to have slept through the attack.

When the roommates woke up on the Sunday, they called some unidentified friends to the home because they believed that one of the victims on the second floor “had passed out and was not waking up”.

After the friends arrived on the scene, one person in the group made the 911 call.

The roommates and the unidentified friends were still on the scene when officers arrived.

Police have not revealed the identities of the other individuals who were on the scene or how many people were there.

When pressed in Sunday’s briefing, Chief Fry said only that they were “other friends”.

All of the individuals in the home when police arrived have been ruled out as possible suspects.

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 14:04

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Police seek surveillance footage from ‘two areas of interest’ in hunt for students’ killer

Investigators are currently seeking surveillance footage from “two areas of interest” around the city of Moscow as they hunt for the knife-wielding assailant who stabbed four University of Idaho students to death inside their off-campus home.

Businesses and homes within the geographical areas are being asked to share all outside surveillance video taken between 3am and 6am on 13 November – whether there appears to be motion and content or not.

“Investigators have determined the two areas of interests within the city and have provided maps which are on our Facebook page and on our website,” Roger Lanier, operations captain of Moscow Police Department, said at a press conference on Sunday.

“And these are areas that they have canvassed for additional surveillance video and tips and have contacted several residents in the areas.”

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 13:40

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Killer may or may not still be in Moscow

Police admitted on Sunday that they have no idea whether or not the killer is still in the small college town of 25,000 people – or if they have fled the area.

Moscow sits on Idaho’s border with Washington State border.

More than one week on from the killings, no arrests have been made and no suspects identified.

When asked if the killer is believed to still be in the Moscow community, officials admitted in Sunday’s press conference that they don’t know.

“We’re looking everywhere that evidence would lead us,” said Moscow Police Chief James Fry.

“I can’t say if the person’s here I can’t say what community the persons in. We’re utiliSing every resource we can to make that location of that individual.

“And part of that is the safety of our community is paramount. And that’s why we brought in the resource that we brought in to keep our community as safe as we can I cannot comment on that. I’m not even aware. We’re looking everywhere.”

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 13:20

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Police ‘cannot say’ if they believe one of victims was intended target

Police are remaining tightlipped about whether or not one of the four victims was the intended target of the quadruple homicide.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry doubled down on their belief that the attack was “targeted” during Sunday’s press conference but would not confirm whether or not they believe one of the individuals was the main target.

“We believe they’re targeted because we take the totality of all the circumstances that we’re looking at,” said Moscow Police Chief James Fry.

“Do we know any one person that was targeted? We’re not able to say at this point in time due to our investigation.”

The four victims were killed on the second and third floor of the home.

Two other roommates were home at the time and were unharmed.

Police have said from the start that the attack was “targeted”.

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 13:02

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Police ‘stumped’ around how surviving roommates slept through violent knife attack

Police investigating the violent murders of four University of Idaho students have admitted that they’re stumped as to how the two surviving roommates managed to sleep through the brutal knife attack without being woken.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death inside a home in King Road, Moscow, in the early hours of the morning of 13 November. The coroner said that they were stabbed multiple times each with a large knife and were likely sleeping in bed when the attack unfolded. Their bodies were found on the second and third floors of the three-storey home.

Goncalves and Mogen had spent Saturday night at a bar in downtown Moscow while Kernodle and Chapin attended a sorority party on campus together. All four victims returned to the home at around 1.45am.

The three female victims live inside the home close to the university campus, along with two other female students.

Police said that the pair were also in the property at the time of the killings, having returned to the property at around 1am – not long before the four victims also returned home.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 12:40

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911 call was not made by killer, say officials

The 911 call alerting police to the slain University of Idaho students was not made by the killer, officials have confirmed.

Questions continue to swirl around the 911 caller ever since the four students were found murdered in their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, on 13 November.

Police said officers had responded to a report of an “unconscious individual” at the property and turned up to find the four victims stabbed to death in a brutal attack.

More than one week on from the killings, police are still refusing to say who placed the 911 call or why they referred to an “unconscious individual” given the brutal nature of the crime and the bloody state of the crime scene.

In a press conference on Sunday, police did however confirm that the caller is not the killer.

“I will tell you no,” officials said.

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 12:20

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Police admit they’re stumped how surviving roommates slept through slayings

Investigators have admitted that they’re stumped how the two surviving roommates managed to sleep through the brutal slayings of their three roommates and roommate’s boyfriend.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death inside a home in King Road, Moscow, in the early hours of the morning of 13 November.

Goncalves and Mogen had been at a bar in downtown Moscow that night while Kernodle and Chapin spent Saturday night at a sorority party on campus.

All four victims returned to the home at around 1.45am.

The three female victims lives in the home with two other female students.

Police said that the pair were also home at the time of the killings, having returned to the property at around 1am – not long before the four victims arrived.

The pair were unharmed in the violent knife attack and appear to have slept through what happened.

A 911 call was made from the property at 11.58am on Sunday from the cellphone of one of the roommates, reporting an “unconscious individual”.

In a press conference on Sunday, police said that the surviving roommates “did not wake up until later that morning”.

When pressed about how the two women managed to sleep through the violent stabbings of four individuals, officials admitted it is something investigators are also struggling to understand.

“I don’t even know that information at this point in time,” said Chief James Fry of the Moscow Police Department.

“That’s why we’re continuing to investigate.”

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 12:00

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Police seek footage from ‘two areas of interest’ in city

Law enforcement officials are seeking surveillance footage from “two areas of interest” around the city of Moscow as part of the ongoing investigation into the murders of the four University of Idaho students.

In a press conference on Sunday, police urged members of the public to come forward with any tips or footage in certain parts of the city between 3am and 6am on 13 November.

“Investigators have determined the two areas of interests within the city and have provided maps which are on our Facebook page and on our website,” said Roger Lanier, operations captain of Moscow Police Department.

“And these are areas that they have canvassed for additional surveillance video and tips and have contacted several residents in the areas.

“The areas are generally south of Taylor Avenue to Police River Drive west of highway 95. Detectives have also canvassed several other neighborhoods looking for evidence, looking for additional surveillance video and contacting residents and speaking to them to see if they may have heard or seen something.”

On Saturday, police urged businesses and residences within the geographical area to share all outside surveillance video taken between the 3am and 6am timeframe – whether there appears to be motion and content or not.

Police have not revealed the reason for the particular window of time.

All four victims are believed to have returned to the student home by around 1.45am.

Multiple calls were made from the phones of Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen to the phone of Ms Goncalves’ former longtime boyfriend between 2.26am and 2.52am. None of the calls were answered.

The time of death of the victims is believed to be around 3am or 4am, officials said last week.

Investigators could be hoping to spot the killer in surveillance footage around the city, after they left the property.

Rachel Sharp21 November 2022 11:40

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