Idaho student killed: Police believe four dead in ‘targeted attack’
Neighbors of four murdered University of Idaho students hit out at Reddit sleuths who cast doubt on them in the wake of the brutal stabbings.
Student Jeremy Regan said Tuesday he had “nothing to hide” but admitted he was “upset to be compared to a murderer” after his previous media interviews became the subject of intense scrutiny on social media.
The Moscow Police Department seized five cars from the victim’s home and took them “to a more secure long-term storage location to continue processing evidence.”
On Wednesday, the Moscow community will hold a vigil in honor of slain students Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kerndol and Ethan Chapin, who were butchered in their beds on Nov. 13.
The vigil was delayed until after Thanksgiving break as panicked students fled town. Police analyzed call records independent After the murders, locals are on edge and have called 911 multiple times to report “suspicious” men and other disturbing incidents in the area.
The prosecutor admits that it ‘could be a while’ before the killer is caught
Local prosecutor Bill Thompson revealed that law enforcement still has no suspects on its radar, admitting that “it” could take some time before the killer is caught.
“I think it’s fair to say that the investigators and everybody they’ve identified so far have people of interest. Maybe, exoneration isn’t the best word. But they’ve been able to eliminate them as real suspects,” he told NewsNation on Tuesday.
“And we do not have the name of the actual suspect or persons. That is what they are still focusing on.
“I’m not aware of any single person by name that we’re focusing on, the investigators are focusing on.”
“It could be some time” before the case is resolved, he said, “or it could unfold at any time.”
The admission will not be welcome news to the families of the victims or to the terrified students and local residents of Moscow, who live in fear that the killer may walk among them.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 15:30
No known link to drugs, no signs left at crime scene
The killer left no signs at the crime scene and authorities have no reason to believe the murders are in any way connected to drugs.
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told NewsNation on Tuesday that he was not aware of any signs or signatures left at the scene.
He said he was not aware of any suspicions that drugs or a drug deal gone wrong played a role in the murder.
His comments come as online speculation about the killings is rife as no suspects have been identified 17 days after the killings.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 15:10
The community fears that the killer will attend the vigil
Fears have been raised that the killer of the four students may appear at a vigil today to pay tribute to the victims.
The University of Idaho will hold a candlelight vigil on the Moscow campus on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. local time, followed by an event on the Boise campus at 6 p.m.
The university says it will “honor the memory of Ethan, Xana, Madison and Kylie.”
People will be able to join the vigil remotely.
But with the killer still at large, some fear they may be among the bereaved.
“There’s been speculation about that. We understand there’s community concern and fear,” said Aaron Snell, director of communications for the Idaho State Police.
“I can tell our detectives are on top of their game. We recognize that everything has potential contingencies and so we are working on it.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 14:50
Authorities now admit that ‘targeted’ is not a ‘good word’ for the Idaho college killings
Authorities now say “targeted” isn’t a “good word” to describe the murders of four University of Idaho students — suggesting a recent walkback by investigators distracted by the violent crime spree.
Since the beginning of the investigation, authorities have insisted the attack was “targeted” – but have refused to reveal what led to that conclusion.
Authorities are tight-lipped on whether all four victims were intended targets or whether the killer targeted one victim, the others just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Now, a local prosecutor is claiming the killings were “targeted,” admitting that “probably not the best word to use” to describe the brutal murders.
Latah County Prosecutor Prosecutor Bill Thompson told NewsNation on Tuesday that “the word hearsay has different meanings to different people hearing it and probably isn’t the best word to use.”
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Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 14:30
How a former sorority sister is trying to keep students safe
A University of Idaho alumni raised nearly $20,000 in donations to buy 1,900 personalized alarms for terrified students living with a killer in Moscow.
said Kerry Ullhorn, 37, a former member of Delta Gamma sorority independent She wanted to help students stay safe in a college town after four sorority and fraternity members were stabbed in a brutal knife attack on Nov. 13.
“These give students on campus a small sense of security and let them know that their alumni and others care deeply about us keeping them and the university a safe place for them,” he said. .
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 14:10
The victim’s father reveals the moment he learned about his daughter’s murder
The father of slain student Kylee Goncalves has spoken about the moment he learned she had been killed in a brutal knife attack near the University of Idaho campus.
Steve Goncalves told ABC’s GMA on Tuesday that it was a family member on campus — and not local police — who first called him to tell him about the murder.
He then tried to call Madison Mogen — his daughter’s best friend and someone who is part of the family — only to learn that he was among the victims.
“I realized Maddy was gone too,” he said.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 13:50
Image: Cars recovered from victim’s house
Police have seized five cars from the home where four University of Idaho students were brutally stabbed to death in a quadruple murder that has rocked the small college town of Moscow.
A tow truck removed vehicles from outside the property on King Road on Tuesday — some of which are believed to belong to the victims — and took them to a “more secure long-term storage location to process evidence,” the Moscow Police Department said. .
“Today, as part of the ongoing homicide investigation and the original search warrant, detective activities and tow trucks will increase on-site as investigators move five vehicles from the police perimeter to a more secure long-term storage location. Evidence is being processed,” the department said in a statement.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 13:30
Here’s why the 911 caller may have said an ‘unconscious person’:
Ever since four victims were found stabbed to death in an outdoor house on campus in Moscow, Idaho, questions have swirled around the 911 call.
The students are believed to have been killed around 3am or 4am on November 13. The attacks were brutal, with each victim stabbed multiple times.
However, police were not called to the home until a 911 call was made at 11.58am on Sunday, alerting officers to an “unconscious person” at a home on King Road.
The roommates slept through the murders and when they woke up on Sunday, they called some unknown friends to the house because they believed one of the victims was “dead and not waking up” on the second floor, police said.
After friends arrived at the scene, a 911 call was made from the cell phones of the roommates who remained inside the home.
Authorities found the bodies of two victims on the second floor and the bodies of two other victims on the third floor.
It’s unclear what the roommates and “other friends” discovered before the call and what led them to describe the victim as only “conscious.”
Kaylee Goncalves’ father, Steve Goncalves, offered some explanation for the events inside the home in an interview on ABC’s GMA on Tuesday, explaining why the caller described the victim as “unconscious.”
“I know girls have reached out by texting and calling, so I can only guess by ignoring the phones,” he said.
“Knowing how my daughter is … that she doesn’t ignore calls and texts.”
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 13:10
Kaylee Goncalves’ father reveals details of secret ‘private party’ ride
Kaylee Goncalves’ father has revealed details about the secret “private party” he gave his daughter and her best friend Madison Mogen a ride home shortly before he was brutally murdered.
Mogen and Goncalves spent the night of Nov. 12 at The Corner Club sports bar in downtown Moscow, police said.
He then visited Grub Truck – a nearby late-night food truck where he ordered a bite to eat.
From there, a “private party” returned to the three-storey property on King Road around 1.56am on November 13 and gave him a ride home, police said.
Steve Goncalves told ABC’s GMA on Tuesday that it was a sorority-designated chauffeur service that drove the two young women home.
Sorority-assigned chauffeur services are programs specifically designed to ensure sorority members get home safely.
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 12:50
A local pizza place and students send food to a police work case
A local pizza place and University of Idaho students are fundraising and distributing food to police officers working a homicide case.
A fundraiser set up on spotfund.com is welcoming donations from members of the public, with the money used to place orders with Moscow business Pizza Perfection.
“Moscow, Idaho police and other agencies are working tirelessly to solve the murders of four students,” the fundraiser reads.
“Although it won’t change their lives, we order 16 XL pizzas delivered to 50 people on any given day,” it continued.
“Sometimes a small gesture of support can go a long way for these traumatized, exhausted and dedicated workers.”
Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 12:30