Video shows mystery man with Idaho students killed
Investigators are looking into the possibility that more than one person is behind the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students, which sent shockwaves through the small college town of Moscow.
Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were found dead inside an off-campus home early Sunday morning.
Four days since the murders, the killer or killers remain at large with no arrests made and no suspects named.
The Latah County Coroner’s Office released an official report Thursday ruling the cause and manner of the homicide deaths by stabbing, KTVB reported.
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson has now said he’s “certainly likely” there could be more than just a kill out there.
His comments come as officials appeared to back down their claims that the public is not at risk, with Moscow Police Chief James Fry admitting on Wednesday: “There is still a threat”.
The same knife was likely used in each stabbing, the coroner says
Latah County coroner Cathy Mabbutt said the manner of death of the four students was stabbing. After the autopsy, Miss Mabbutt said it was likely the same knife was used to kill all the victims.
The toxicology reports are still pending.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar18 November 2022 07:30
Investigators hunt for ‘Rambo-style’ knife in quadruple murder
Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were found dead in an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, on Sunday.
All four victims were killed with a “knife-like edged weapon,” police said Tuesday.
The murder weapon has not been found, and the suspect or suspects remain at large.
Scott Jutte, general manager of Moscow Building Supply, revealed that detectives came to his store and inquired about potential sales of a Ka-Bar knife, which is similar to the military-style knife used by Rambo.
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Andrea Blanco18 November 2022 07:10
All the students were executed, autopsies show
Autopsies have been completed on the bodies of the four students who were murdered in an off-campus house on Sunday.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner performed the four autopsies on Wednesday and gave the details to the Latah County Coroner’s Office.
On Thursday, the Moscow police released the results.
Police said the victims were stabbed to death with a “knife-like edged weapon.” Autopsies have confirmed that the official cause and manner of death was homicide by stabbing.
Andrea Blanco18 November 2022 06:50
Eerie video captures the students’ final moments
Eerie video footage shows the last movements of two University of Idaho students before they were shot to death with two friends inside their off-campus home.
The video, taken from a live Twitch stream from the GrubTruckers food truck in Moscow, Idaho, shows Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves stopping for some late-night food early Sunday morning.
During the roughly 10-minute stop, the 21-year-old best friends seem to be having a good time, laughing with each other, taking photos and chatting with other students gathered nearby.
A mystery man appears to be with them when they reach the truck – but the two young women leave the area alone.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar18 November 2022 06:30
Timeline of the killings and the aftermath
Authorities in Moscow, Idaho, have released very few details about what happened to the four University of Idaho students who were murdered last weekend.
Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Kaylee Goncalves were found dead at a home near the University of Idaho campus on Sunday, just hours after posting smiling photos on Instagram.
Police have warned the small town of 25,000 people to remain vigilant as there may be more than one suspect still at large.
Here’s a timeline of what we know so far:
Andrea Blanco18 November 2022 06:10
Idaho students killed leave bright memories behind
Ethan Chapin’s last day was spent with his brothers, dressing up and dancing.
Chapin was a triplet – one of four University of Idaho students who were executed last weekend, while police are still searching for a killer.
His brother and sister also attended the scenic state school nestled in the rolling hills of north central Idaho.
Ethan, a 20-year-old member of the Sigma Chi fraternity who loves sports, was dating 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, a junior who was majoring in marketing and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Both were killed in the violent attack on Sunday.
Two of Kernodle’s roommates, 21-year-old Madison Mogen and 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, were also killed in the attack. “You rarely meet someone like Xana,” her sister said via text message.
“She was so positive, funny and loved by everyone who met her.”
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar18 November 2022 05:50
Roomates are not suspected in the investigation
The victims’ roommates are not being treated as suspects in the quadruple murders, according to authorities.
Moscow police revealed at a press conference on Wednesday that the other two roommates were present in the house at the time of the killings and were left unharmed.
Police Chief Fry said roommates are not necessarily witnesses to the crime. It is unclear whether the other two roommates slept through the attack or why authorities were not called until noon, about eight hours after the murders.
Idaho State Police said the roommates are not believed to be suspects and are cooperating with the investigation.
Andrea Blanco18 November 2022 05:30
Police investigate the possibility that there was more than one killer
Four days after the murders, authorities said it is “definitely possible” there could be more than one killer at large.
“At this point, the investigators are looking at all the possibilities. They are not specific suspects,” Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told NBC’s TODAY show.
“We look forward to any information from the public to help reconstruct everyone’s activities.”
Andrea Blanco18 November 2022 04:50
Ethan Chapin’s spent his last day with his brothers
Chapin was a triplet, one of four University of Idaho students executed last weekend.
His brother and sister also attend the University of Idaho. Before the murders, Ethan attended a dance hosted by his sorority sister.
“He was our daughter Maizie’s date, and his brother was Maizie’s classmate’s date,” Chapin’s mother, Stacy Chapin, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
“They all spent their last day together, all dressed up, and they had a great time. We are all grateful that they spent that time together.”
Andrea Blanco18 November 2022 04:10
The public confronts the police because of a lack of clarity
As the mystery deepened, Moscow residents and students began posting on social media about their dissatisfaction with the explanations coming from local officials.
After Mayor Bettge’s “crime of passion”, he told the Mayor Statesman was simply suggesting this as one possible cause, saying: “It could be any of a number of things. The police don’t know yet. I wasn’t told.”
He added: “They have confirmed there is no further threat to the public. I would say it was just a crime focused on this one site.”
That same day, Annie Reneau, who said she was the mother of a University of Idaho senior, wrote a lengthy Twitter thread that summed up the public’s fears.
“I’m not sure that people who are not directly connected to the University of Idaho in some way understand the information that students, parents and members of the community have received about the murder of four students in an off-campus location two days ago,” said Miss Reneau.
“Police believe it was an isolated, targeted attack. Okay, but someone who was crazy/angry/drugged/whatever enough to kill four people, even if they were targeted, is out there somewhere. I’m not generally paranoid, but that doesn’t sit well, does it?”
Andrea Blanco18 November 2022 03:30