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Idaho Homicides: Detectives and FBI Return to the Scene of the Campus Stabbing, Gather Evidence, and Meet with the Prosecutor
Idaho’s MOSCOW – Four college students were fatally stabbed in their sleep at an Idaho residence earlier this month. On Friday, investigators went back to the scene, collected several small bags of evidence, and then met with the Latah County prosecutor inside the police headquarters after sunset.
The Idaho State Police’s director of communications, Aaron Snell, told Fox News Digital that investigators had been working long hours on a regular basis and downplayed the relevance of the late meeting. The District Attorney has served as a resource, he claimed. “We carry on working after hours. Each day the DA has been present.”
That includes Thanksgiving Day on Thursday when Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson visited the police station again at roughly 2 p.m. and left a little over ten minutes later. Before going further inside the residence, the investigators had a look inside the front doorjamb. For Fox News Digital, Derek Shook.
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He spent nearly an hour inside on Friday with the detectives, some of whom had visited the home earlier in the day. Friday late afternoon, police and FBI agents first went outside and hiked up the hill behind the three-story home, which is constructed into a hillside.
A deputy on duty Thursday morning said they then returned down and were observed going inside the King Road property, which had been deserted for days, after removing protective covers from their shoes. On Thanksgiving Day, Bill Thompson, the prosecutor for Latah County, shows up at the Moscow Police Department.
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In the early morning hours of November 13, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were discovered dead. Police claim they were attacked while they were sleeping. While Chapin was visiting his girlfriend Kernodle, three women lived there. Authorities claim they did not discover any evidence of a forced entry.
On the second and third floors, respectively, two and two of the victims were found asleep. They were all students at the University of Idaho. In Kaylee Goncalves’ final Instagram post, published the day before the killings, she included the names of the women’s two other housemates as well as Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21.
According to a statement made earlier this month by the University of Idaho, Chapin belonged to the Sigma Chi fraternity. Goncalves belonged to Alpha Phi, whereas Kernodle, Mogen, and Goncalves were all members of Pi Beta Phi.
Snell said in a Friday interview with Fox News Digital at the Moscow police headquarters, “We worked through the holiday. “This investigation is ongoing and will advance indefinitely.” Investigators were returning to the house at the same time.
Through an upper window, observers could be seen looking into a bedroom. They were seen peeking just inside the bottom-level entrance door and investigating an upstairs bedroom. The attack spared the lives of a pet dog and two ground-floor roommates.
One of the detectives exited the house with numerous tiny paper bags in his hand after inspecting the interior. Snell told Fox News Digital that “detectives are still looking into the matter and are gathering evidence.” He clarified, however, that he lacked information regarding the precise items that police removed from the scene on Friday afternoon.
Ted Williams, a contributor to Fox News and a veteran homicide investigator in Washington, D.C., said he believes authorities went back to the crime scene after realizing the killer entered and exited through the sliding glass door in the back of the house.
It is quite doubtful that the murderer(s) entered or exited through the front door, he stated, noting that the two remaining witnesses slept on the first floor. Snell stated that in order to avoid tunnel vision, investigators were actively considering every possibility.
The best and brightest employees from all three agencies are handling this issue, and they also have the most up-to-date tools, he claimed. Authorities said that 12 days after the incident, they were still looking into every possibility. They spent Thanksgiving Day reviewing the evidence and interviewing witnesses.
The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit detectives were among those who went back to the Idaho crime site where four students had been savagely attacked. However, University of Idaho President Scott Green has stated that all students would have the opportunity to continue the semester remotely. The majority of students have already left town for the Thanksgiving vacation.
Investigators won’t be hampered if the suspect turns out to be a student who won’t be coming back, according to Snell. He declared, “We’re going to keep looking into this no matter what. That will involve putting all the pieces together to identify the suspect or suspects and then making the arrest.
The murder weapon, which is thought to be a fixed-blade knife, has not yet been found by police, nor have they identified a suspect. The four victims were all fatally stabbed, with some suffering from self-defense wounds, according to the authorities.
Snell declared, “We’re going to make that arrest, whether or not that person is here on campus, in their room, online, or any place in the community.” The two female roommates who were downstairs when the murders took place, a man seen on surveillance footage at a food truck around the time Goncalves and Mogen returned from a night out, the “private party” driver who drove them home, Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend, and a group of friends who were present at the house on Sunday morning when the initial 911 call was made have all been ruled out, according to police.
The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit detectives were among those who went back to the Idaho crime site where four students had been savagely attacked. Police are requesting information and surveillance footage from the public because they believe the attack was targeted.
A report that Goncalves may have had a stalker is also being investigated. The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit detectives were among those who went back to the Idaho crime site where four students had been savagely attacked.
No matter how few the details may be, everyone with knowledge on that subject is urged to contact the police. We’re still looking into the stalker situation, and we’re asking the public for any information they may have, Snell said.