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Idaho murders update: Frustration over Moscow police press conference as potential link to 2021 stabbing

The video shows a mysterious man with dead students from Idaho

Frustration is mounting over the investigation into the quadruple murder of four University of Idaho students, as no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified 11 days after the brutal stabbing.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow police revealed some new details about the case and declined to give reasons why they believe the murders were targeted – instead telling the terrified community to “trust us.”

Questions are mounting about a potential link to the 2021 Oregon stabbing murder, which also remains unresolved.

When asked about the case, Police Chief James Fry simply said there were “things we’ll be monitoring”.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death in an off-campus home shared by the three women in Moscow on November 13. Two other roommates were in the house at the time of the murder, but they weren’t hurt.

The roommates, Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend, the person who gave Goncalves and Mogen a ride home, and the man who was with them in the overnight food truck were ruled out as suspects.

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Weapons, bolts and a mass exodus of students

Parents order bolts, teenagers ask for guns, and the streets of Moscow are empty, reports Sheila Flynn of The Independent.

The eerie scene has not changed for more than ten days since four University of Idaho students — Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21 — were murdered in a rented house off campus.

The killer remains at large, and residents of a town of just 25,000 tell The Independent that the fear is growing as time goes on with no arrests and little information from the police

Read Sheila’s report from the Idaho field:

Guns, bolts and a mass exodus of students: Terror grips Idaho city after the murders

Parents order bolts, teenagers ask for guns, and the streets of Moscow are empty. The killer – or killers – is on the loose, ten days after four college students were murdered in their beds. Locals tell Sheila Flynn how the fear deepens over time and the police have no arrests or information

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Moscow police are appealing to the public to continue to send in clues

On Wednesday, police renewed their commitment to the investigation and thanked the public for the many leads it had received, emphasizing that no evidence is too small.

They are still analyzing more than 1,000 leads received since the November 13 murder, said the head of the Moscow police, James Fry.

He encouraged residents to continue to submit information they believed might be related to the killings.

“We still believe more information needs to be collected,” Fry said. “We’re asking anyone who has any information… to pass that information on to us.”

“Even if you don’t believe it’s relevant, investigators will determine if and how your information creates a picture. Sometimes what you don’t see in a photo or video is just as important as what should be there.”

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Moscow authorities have announced that they will not reveal certain details in order to prevent the investigation

Idaho police said they believed the quadruple murder was the target, but would not reveal who the target was or why they believe so.

Local police said the priority was to preserve the evidence and prevent it from being put at risk.

“You’ll have to trust at this point because we’re not going to reveal why we think so,” Moscow police captain Roger Lanier told a Wednesday news conference.

IndependentJosh Marcus tells the story:

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No suspects in the investigation ten days after the brutal murders

Ten days after four victims were stabbed to death in their rooms, police said on Wednesday they had still not identified the suspect or found the murder weapon.

They continued to ask for clues and surveillance footage.

Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier told a news conference that his department is putting all its resources into solving the case and that investigators are ready to work through Thanksgiving.

Authorities gave no indication that they were closer to an arrest, but stressed that they were still processing forensic evidence collected from the house where the students were killed.

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Students will not be asked to return to campus until 2023

While Moscow’s community is shaken by the brutal killings, fellow students continue to grapple with safety concerns as the killer remains at large.

University president Scott Greene said the university plans to “be flexible until the end of the semester” and the faculty has been asked to prepare in-person and remote learning options for the final two weeks of the semester.

Independent has a story:

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Mistakes in the 10-day investigation, according to experts

Experts have pointed out a number of mistakes in the investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students.

While the public and bereaved families are frustrated by the lack of information released and conspiracy theories fueled accordingly by online detectives, a retired NYPD sergeant told Fox that the Moscow police revealed a lot.

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

Officials also backtracked on the information originally reported.

Another source of controversy over the conduct of the investigation was the initial assessment by Moscow Police Chief Jame Fry, who assured the community in the small university town that three days after the brutal murders, there was no ongoing threat.

He later retracted these remarks, asking residents to be vigilant and careful with their surroundings.

Independent’s Andrea Blanco has a story:

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They posted photos enjoying student life and were killed just hours later. What happened?

The day before, in an Instagram post, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves shared photos of her group of friends smiling carelessly at the camera side by side during a show of typical college fun, writes Rachel Sharp.

“Lucky one who surrounds herself with these people every day,” Kaylee Goncalves wrote on social media on the evening of November 12.

Just hours later, Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, and Madison Mogen were killed in a rented women’s home.

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

Independent’s Rachel Sharp reports:

Andrea BlancoNovember 24, 2022 05:00

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No update on brutal homicide investigation

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

Police said Tuesday they were looking for clues that Goncalves had a stalker but were unable to identify him.

They also denied rumors of other incidents – including a car break-in and a dog being killed – that may be related to the case.

Andrea BlancoNovember 24, 2022 04:00

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The Idaho students killed often held parties in their off-campus rented homes

Jeremy Reagan, a third-year law student who lives near the scene of the murder, told Fox News that the victims often arranged meetings on their own, adding that people were coming in and out of the house “quite often.”

“There were parties that were pretty loud,” Reagan said.

“Just like taking my dog ​​and going to the bathroom [and] I saw 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 district.

Moscow police repeated that there were no signs of a break-in to the six-bedroom house.

IndependentAndrea Blanco tells the story:

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Friends and family mourned Ethan Chapin at an emotional memorial

“We want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of Ethan’s life,” his family wrote in Tuesday’s program of celebration.

“It’s an amazing testament to his character, how many lives he touched in his short 20 years.

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

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

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

“He loved social life, full-time studies and tolerated scientists. He was still playing sports.”

“Unless he was on the golf course or working, he could usually be found surfing, playing sand volleyball or pickles,” the obituary reads.

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

Andrea BlancoNovember 24, 2022 02:00

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