investigating officerOne in four University of Idaho students said Tuesday that while they were asleep, detectives largely looked into information that one of the victims was a stalker and have not been able to verify it.
The Moscow Police Department said in a news release that investigators have pursued “hundreds of leads” regarding the possibility of Kaylee Goncalves being a stalker, but have not been able to “verify or identify” a potential person of interest. Police asked members of the community to submit any information to the Moscow police tip line that could help detectives.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier said detectives first heard mention of a possible stalker through “some interviews” conducted during the investigation.
“We’ve looked at specific time frames and specific areas of the city,” Lanier said. “So far, we haven’t been able to confirm that, but we are not looking into that piece of information.”
Authorities say they have no identifiable suspect or weapon after more than a weekShook the Idaho panhandle city of 25,000 residents.
Police also said Tuesday that there has been a lot of conversation about how to describe the weapon used in the attacks. The department called it a fixed-blade knife — usually sturdier than a folding pocket knife, variations of this blade are used for hunting, survival camping and the military — and said detectives were continuing to search for it.
According to the Idaho Statesman, officers have visited a local home improvement store called Moscow Building Supply several times since the stabbing. Scott Jute, the store’s general manager, told the newspaper last week that police had inquired about Ka-Bar knives, a brand of combat-style, fixed-blade knives, and whether the store sold them.
The Idaho Statesman reported that Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell said in a statement that officers had done the same thing at several local hardware stores, and were not specifically focused on Ka-Bar knives.
The victims are named: Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, Post Falls, Idaho; and Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho. Mogen, Kernodle and Goncalves were roommates who lived in the house where the four bodies were found. Chapin was dating Kernodle, but did not live there.
Authorities said they had each been stabbed multiple times, and some had defensive wounds.
Law enforcement officials probing the deaths on Sunday later asked for patience,
Police have said that evidence leads them to believe that students were targeted, but have repeatedly declined to provide details.