Murders in Idaho – latest updates today: Moscow police are cryptic about targeted student killings

Video shows mystery man with murdered Idaho students

Idaho police have said they will not reveal why they believe the killings were targeted.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death in Moscow on November 13.

At a press conference on Wednesday, authorities said they are still processing more than 1,000 tips, hundreds of crime scene photos and about 150 interviews they have conducted.

Authorities said they do not intend to disclose to the public why the killings are believed to have been targeted.

“You’re going to have to rely on that at this point because we’re not going to disclose why we think that,” Moscow Police Chief Roger Lanier said at a press conference on Wednesday.

More than a week after the murders, investigators are still baffled by the case, with no arrests made and no suspects identified – leading to growing frustration among families and the community.

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Students will not be asked to return to campus until 2023

As Moscow’s community reels from the brutal murders, fellow students continue to grapple with security concerns as the killer walks free.

University president Scott Greene said the college plans to be “flexible through the end of the semester,” and that faculty were asked to prepare in-person and distance learning options for the final two weeks of the semester.

The independent has the story:

Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 7:00 AM

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Missteps in the 10-day study, according to experts

Experts have pointed to a series of missteps in the investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students.

While the public and grieving families have grown frustrated with, respectively, the lack of information being released and the conspiracy theories being fueled by Internet sleuths, a retired NYPD sergeant told Fox that Moscow police have revealed a lot.

“Detectives have provided too much information,” Joseph Giacalone, a 20-year police veteran and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the network.

Officials have also gone back on information that was initially reported.

Another source of controversy in the handling of the investigation is the initial assessment by Moscow police chief Jame Fry, who reassured the community in the small college town that three days after the violent killings there was no continuing threat.

He later backtracked on those comments and asked residents to remain vigilant and careful of their surroundings.

The independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

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They posted pictures of student life and were killed hours later. What happened?

In an Instagram post the day before, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves shared photos of her group of friends arm-in-arm, grinning carefree at the camera in a show of typical college fun, writes Rachel Sharp.

“A lucky girl to be surrounded by these people every day,” Kaylee Goncalves wrote on social media on the evening of Nov. 12.

Several hours later, Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, and Madison Mogen were murdered in the women’s tenement.

More than a week after the murders that rocked the university city of Moscow, the killer remains on the loose.

The independent’s Rachel Sharp reports:

Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 5:00 AM

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No updates in the investigation into the brutal murders

Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, and Kernodle’s friend, Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington were killed on Nov. 13.

Police said on Tuesday they had been following tips that Goncalves had a stalker but had been unable to identify one.

They have also quashed rumors of other incidents, including a car break-in and the killing of a dog, that may be related to the case.

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Slain Idaho students often “hosted parties” in their off-campus rental

Jeremy Reagan, a third-year law student who lives near the scene of the murders, told Fox News that the victims often organized stand-alone gatherings, adding that people were going in and out of the house “quite often.”

“There were parties that were quite noisy,” Reagan said.

“Like I would take my dog ​​in and out to go to the bathroom [and] I used to see people in the windows almost every night, probably four or five nights a week… it was kind of a party house, but then again this whole neighborhood is a party place.

Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of a break-in at the six-bedroom house.

The independent‘s Andrea Blanco has the story:

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Friends and family mourned Ethan Chapin at an emotional memorial

“We want to thank you all for being a part of Ethan’s life,” his family wrote in a memorial program on Tuesday.

“It is an incredible testimony to his character how many lives he has touched in his short 20 years.

The loss is unimaginable, but our family will endure.”

Chapin, 20, was a triplet and is survived by his parents and his siblings Maizie and Hunter. All three triplets enrolled at the University of Idaho last August and were looking forward to spending their college days together.

“Ethan has lived his best life since attending the University of Idaho,” his obituary read.

“He loved the social life, intramurals and tolerated the academics. He also continued to exercise.”

“When he wasn’t on the golf course or working, you could usually see him surfing, playing sand volleyball or pickleball,” the obituary read.

Ethan, his sister Mazie and brother Hunter. The siblings were triplets

Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 02:00

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Moscow police are stunned after violent knife attacks put surviving roommates to sleep

Police said the two housemates were also at the property at the time of the murders, having returned home around 1 a.m. — not long before the four victims also returned home.

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

In a press conference on Sunday, police said the surviving housemates “didn’t wake up until later that morning.”

Officials admitted that investigators are also struggling to understand how the two women managed to sleep through the violent stabbings.

“I don’t even know that information at the moment,” said Moscow Police Commissioner James Fry. “That’s why we’re continuing the investigation.”

The independent‘s Rachel Sharp has the story:

Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 1:35 AM

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Attacker was ‘sloppy’, says criminal expert

A retired FBI behavior analyst profiled the killer as “sloppy” and close in age to the victims.

Former cop Jim Clemente, who is not working the case, spoke to Fox News Digital about the quadruple homicide that shook the university city of Moscow and the country on Nov. 13.

“This perpetrator didn’t just pick this location at random, but he targeted one or more of the people there,” Mr Clemente told the network.

“That could be because he’s in a relationship… with one or more of them, or it could be because he’s stalking one or more of them.”

The independent‘s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 00:33

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Victims often organized ‘parties with many people coming in and out of the house’

Moscow resident Heather Tetwiler told Fox News that the killed students — Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Moge, 21, — were supposed to host college gatherings, but that the residence “wasn’t necessarily a party house.” ..”

“They had small gatherings, maybe a dozen or so and it never really got crazy, other than the usual college stuff, but they were quite respectful,” Ms Tetwiler said.

Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of a break-in at the six-bedroom house.

The independent‘s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Andrew BlancoNov 23, 2022 11:07 PM

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Moscow police refuse to reveal why they believe the attack was targeted

At a conference with few updates on Wednesday, Moscow police said they would not reveal why the attack would be targeted.

“You have to trust us on that at this point, because we’re not going to disclose why we think that,” said a police spokesperson.

Authorities added that the department is not “willing to sacrifice speed for quality,” and that information will be released in due course to preserve the investigation.

Andrew BlancoNov 23, 2022 9:59 PM

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