Two weeks after the shooting deaths of four University of Idaho students, dozens of local, state and federal investigators are still working to determine who carried out the brutal attack.
After sifting through more than 1,000 tips and conducting at least 150 interviews, investigators have yet to identify a suspect or find the murder weapon, which is believed to be a knife. secure.
The four students – Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kerndle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21 — were found shot to death on Nov. 13 in a suburban home in Moscow, Idaho. The killings have left peace in the school community and the city of about 25,000, which has not seen a murder since 2015.
Police believe the attack was targeted. Authorities said they have not ruled out the possibility that someone may have been involved in the killings.
On the night of the murder, Goncalves and Mogen were at the park, and Chapin and Kerndle were seen at the joint. The two friends were at home when police were called to the residence at noon the next day, although investigators do not believe they had anything to do with the death.
More than 260 digital submissions, which may include photos and videos, have been submitted by the public to the FBI’s database, the Moscow Police Department said in a statement Friday. The department is asking for information or video footage of where the victims went that night, even if there is no movement or content in them.
“Detectives are still looking for clues and watching video of a strange incident on the night of November 12th into the early hours of November 13th when Kaylee and Madison were in downtown Moscow and when Ethan and Xana were at the Sigma Chi house,” said.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little has pledged $1 million in state emergency funds to help with the ongoing investigation, Idaho State Police Col. Kedrick Wills said during a press conference earlier this week.
Here’s what we know about the investigation.
So far, using the evidence collected at the site and the information of the statements and interviews, the researchers have been able to piece together the hard times and the map of the group’s last time.
Investigators believe all four victims returned home by 2 a.m. the night of the stabbing. The two surviving friends also left Moscow that night, police said, and returned home at 1 a.m.
Police said Goncalves and Mogen returned home at 1:45 a.m., but they updated the time on Friday, saying digital evidence showed the couple returned from 1:56 a.m. After visiting a food truck and being driven home by a “private party.”
The next morning, the surviving friends “asked friends to go to the shelter because they believed one of the victims in the second house had passed out and was not awake,” police said. said in the announcement. Someone called 911 from the home at 11:58 a.m. using a phone belonging to a friend who was still alive.
“The call was made to report an unconscious person,” Moscow Police Capt. Roger Lanier said on Wednesday. “It’s time to call the messenger to many people who are on the scene.”
When police arrived, they found two victims on the second floor and two victims on the third floor. There were no signs of forced entry or damage, police said.
The medical examiner determined that the four victims had been shot multiple times and appeared to be asleep when the attack began. Some of the students had self-inflicted wounds, according to the Latah County Coroner.
At least 113 pieces of physical evidence were collected, about 4,000 crime scene photos were taken and several 3-D scans were taken, according to police. Investigators also collected the contents of three trash cans on the road in case they hold evidence.
In an effort to find the murder weapon, investigators contacted local businesses to determine whether or not to purchase a permanent weapon.
As the week continued without a suspect being named or any significant progress in the case, a flurry of rumors emerged about the murder. Moscow police addressed the issue in a press release on Friday and tried to dispel some of the rumors.
“There are speculations, without supporting the facts, causing fear in the community and spreading false facts. We encourage to send information to the media for accurate and updated information, ” the publisher said.
Several people have been ruled out as suspects at this time, police said, including:
- The two are in the living room
- Another person was in the home when 911 was called
- The driver Goncalves and Mogen go home
- A man seen in surveillance video from a food truck owned by Goncalves and Mogen
- A man Goncalves and Mogen called “many times” in the hours before they died
Police also said reports that the victims were bound or gagged were false and that the person who called 911 was not released.