it is not clear whetherThe people killed in the quadruple slaying last month were targeted, police said Wednesday, a departure from previous statements about the so-far unsolved slayings. On Thursday, police clarified that they believe the attack was targeted, but do not know whether the attacker targeted the students or their residence.
The latest statement from Moscow police comes after it said it was a “miscommunication” after the county prosecutor said at least one of the victims was “undoubtedly targeted” in the attack.
A police spokesperson said in a statement to CBS, “Our clarification last night directly addressed comments made by Latah County Prosecutor Thompson, who said the suspects specifically looked at this residence, and one or more occupants.” was undoubtedly targeted.” News, which marked the bureau’s latest update amid ongoing investigations involving multiple law enforcement agencies. “We stick to our belief that this was indeed a targeted attack but have not concluded that the target was a residence or occupants.”
The police department’s most recent announcement came after walking back from previous statements about the nature of the killings.
“There has been conflicting information released over the past 24 hours,” the department said on Wednesday. Moscow police cited earlier statements from the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office, which said “the suspects specifically looked at” the residence where all four students were found stabbed to death in mid-November. and that one or more occupants were undoubtedly targeted.”
“We have spoken with the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office and have identified that this was a miscommunication,” police said in the news release. “Detectives do not currently know whether the residence or any occupants were specifically targeted, but the investigation is ongoing.”
Authorities have not yet named or arrested any suspects., despite an ongoing investigation that was launched more than two weeks ago. On the morning of November 13, University of Idaho students and housewives Madison Mogen and Zana Kurnodl, in addition to fellow student Ethan Chapin, were found fatally stabbed at the women’s residence — a house near campus they had rented — after returning from nights at Moscow City and fraternity Sigma Chi. .
Goncalves, Mogen and Kernodal were accompanied by two other housemates, both asleep in the house at the time of the murder. Neither was hurt, and police announced earlier this week that both surviving students had been ruled out as possible suspects in the case. And, although officials said they had reviewedThis indicated someone had been following Goncalves before the murders, the Moscow Police Department said, adding that investigators have not verified those tips or identified any possible stalkers.
Police began to publicly portray the gruesome attack as “targeted” several days into their investigation. In an update shared on November 15, the department confirmed that a suspect was not yet in custody, saying that their initial investigation led detectives to believe that “this was an isolated, targeted attack and was directed against the community at large.” There is no imminent danger to
Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson rebuts that point in a case Interview Tuesday with NewsNation’s Brian Antin, where he said the word “targeted” could not be interpreted as the officers intended.
“It seems that the word ‘target’ had different meanings for different people who were listening and is probably not the best word to use,” Thompson said. “The bottom line is that whoever is responsible for this is still at large. That cannot be changed. My understanding is that investigators believe that whoever is responsible specifically targeted this particular residence.” Was watching. But that’s all they can offer at this point.”
Alivia Goncalves, sister of Kaylee Goncalves, shared her dismay at the police’s use of the word “targeted” without providing additional information to support it to the victims’ families, in a separate NewsNation interview.
“Law enforcement is throwing around the word ‘targeted’ like this, but we don’t know what it means, and it almost feels alienating because we don’t have any more information on that,” Elivia Goncalves Told. “I don’t know who that target was, if it was one of them, if it was all of them. I don’t know.”
The relatives of the victim reached the university on Wednesday night and
Kaylee’s father, Steve Goncalves, said that his daughter and Mogen were best friends who had been inseparable since they met in the sixth grade.
“They went to high school together, then they started looking at colleges, they came here together. Eventually they moved into the same apartment together,” he said. “And in the end, they died together, in the same room, in the same bed.”