Colonel Kedrick Wills, Idaho Police Commissioner in Moscow, a small city in northern Idaho, has a simple message. “We know people want answers. We want answers too,” he said at his recent press conference.
An as yet unidentified suspect stabbed four University of Idaho students to death in the early hours of November 13, an investigation has been underway in this remote college town for more than a week.
Ethan Chapin, 20, Cary Gonsalves, 21, Zana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Morgen, 21, were murdered near the university’s sorority and fraternity He was murdered while sleeping in his off-campus home on King Road. House. The motives and identities behind the horrific crimes remain unknown.
When Wills made his appeal in front of the television cameras, he wasn’t just speaking for the traumatized college community and the terrifying college town that surrounds it. We were talking about why this happened and who did it.
There are very few clues.
A few hours before the murder, Morgen and Gonsalves stayed at the Corner Club bar in downtown Moscow from 10pm to 1:30am, then visited a late-night food truck. A video of two close friends who went to high school together and both worked at a local Greek restaurant shows them ordering pasta without any obvious signs of distress. At about 40 minutes, Morgen and Gonsalves picked up a car from a “private party” to take them home.
Around the same time, Chapin and Carnodle attended a party at Sigma Chi, a fraternity hall on the University of Idaho campus, and returned to the King Road home at about 1:45 am. Kernodle, Mogen and Goncalves were roommates. Chapin did not live in the house, but he appears to have stayed overnight. All victims were members of the University of Idaho sorority or fraternity. Their bodies were found on the second and third floors of the house.
“They got stabbed. There was a call. I don’t want people to speculate about our kids. It’s not drugs, it’s not the passion between these kids.” Someone entered the house,” Stacey Chapin told an Idaho politician four days after her son’s body was found.
Authorities estimated the time of the murder to be between 3:00 and 4:00 am. Two more unidentified roommates were sleeping during the attack, according to Moscow police. His first 911 call used the mobile phone of one of his surviving roommates. Police said detectives had recently noticed multiple phone calls from Morgen and Gonsalves to a man.The man, whose identity has not been released by police, has been ruled out as a potential suspect.
The Lata County coroner’s autopsy report found no signs of sexual assault. “Well, there was a lot of blood,” Lata County Coroner Kathy Mabat told Spokane, Wash. station KREM last Tuesday. “It was a very sad scene,” she reported. In the book, Mabat concluded that the four victims were probably sleeping when they were stabbed multiple times.
It is unclear how the attacker got into the home or what kind of knife was used in the stabbing. For evidence, King searched the trash cans around the road, but found nothing of value. So far, no weapons have been found, nor has any clothing been found on the suspect.
“Based on the details of the scene, we believe this to be an isolated and targeted attack on our victims,” said Moscow police captain James Fry, days after the murder. There are no suspects and the person is still out there Threats to the community are not without them, as I said, stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity and always be aware of your surroundings. Please hand out.”
On Sunday night, Frye refused to explain why police thought it was a targeted attack or which of his roommates he thought was the primary target. “I don’t know if the person is here,” Fry said.
As a result of the uncertainty surrounding the unsolved murders, the Moscow Police Department, working with the Idaho State Police and the FBI, processed information on more than 600 cases and sent surveillance videos to Moscow homes beginning at midnight on November 12. and companies have been investigated. Early morning on November 13th.
At a press conference Sunday night, Wills specifically asked members of the community in particular to stop following or spreading rumors, which were supposedly newly formed about the unsolved murders. It is believed that social media accounts are spreading false information about suspects that police have already ruled out.
Classes were canceled the day after the student’s body was found. Lata County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Mikolaichk said he saw students and deceased neighbors “get out of the Dodge” and leave Moscow a week before the college Thanksgiving holidays began, Idaho. politicians reported.
University of Idaho president Scott Green has reiterated that he believes the murder was a targeted attack that took place in an off-campus residence. He admitted that he had heard that some students wanted to stay on campus.
“We are planning that it is very possible that some students are not comfortable with returning to campus,” Green said. He publicly asked instructors to plan both types of student experiences.
The Idaho State Police continue to increase their law enforcement presence on the University of Idaho campus and in the city of Moscow until someone is arrested for the four murders. Greene calls the campus troopers “a highly visible force” who will remain on campus for the foreseeable future. must be accessible only to residents.