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Idaho student murders: Chilling new clue found as hunt for vicious killer continues

WashingtonExaminer
WashingtonExaminer
 2022-12-03

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A student at the University of Idaho reported strange footprints that were found near her home located less than a mile away from the off-campus house where four students were killed last month.

A university student reported footsteps in the snow leading up to her back patio that weren’t present when she left her home to go to class around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a police report.

The tip comes as police have reported a significant increase in the number of 911 calls claiming “unusual circumstances” and requests for welfare checks as students grapple with the quadruple stabbings that occurred on Nov. 13. Police have not identified a suspect or retrieved a weapon despite investigators collecting more than 100 pieces of physical evidence and over 4,000 photos and 3D scans of the home, according to officials.

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Four students, identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were slain on Nov. 13. Each was killed in bed and stabbed in the chest and upper body with a large knife.

As of Sunday, law enforcement officers have gotten 78 calls for unusual circumstances and 36 welfare check requests from family members since the Nov. 13 attack, officials said. That’s an increase from the 70 calls and 18 welfare checks that were received throughout the duration of October.

Officials in Moscow, Idaho, initially reported that they believed the deaths were the result of an “isolated, targeted attack” by someone who had “specifically looked at this residence.” However, police backtracked on these statements on Wednesday, explaining they resulted from a “miscommunication” with the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office.

“Detectives do not currently know if the residence or any occupants were specifically targeted but continue to investigate,” city officials said in a statement on Wednesday.

Investigators further clarified the next day, releasing a statement noting that "we remain consistent in our belief that this was a targeted attack, but investigators have not concluded if the target was the residence or if it was the occupants."

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Police are asking the community to submit tips or any possibly relevant information by calling 208-883-7180 or emailing tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

Investigators have already received more than 260 media submissions that people have submitted via an FBI form, and authorities are processing more than 1,000 tips, according to police. Investigators have also completed at least 150 interviews.

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Dust Bun E Chaser
12-04

The Idaho police need to bring outside enforcement that is more familiar with this kind of murders. A small town isn’t familiar with how to do things. The longer they wait the less they will find. 😢

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Sharon Mackey
12-04

I feel so sad for these students and families. Lord please let them find whomever is responsible for this Devilish Act 🙏😢

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Lou Chancy
12-06

I believe the 2 who made the 911 call, were probably still hung over from the night before, just woke up, became scared, called friends, maybe for reassurance. Remember, these are kids, not thinking like grown adults. I believe the killer may not have known, which bed the targeted one was sleeping in. May have stabbed the wrong ones first, realized mistake and completed the murders. Remember the one girl had defense wounds. She may have been awaked, and tried to protect herself. l believe the killer is someone, who knew them. Maybe had been rebuffed by one of the victims or perhaps bullied. I believe there is more info known by LE, but cannot be given out at this time. Could jeopardize the case. And it takes time to get DNA, evidence, testing, etc, results back. Caution thrown to the wind, has let many guilty ones, go free. Patience is hard at times like these, but necessary.

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