The suspect or suspects have not been identifiedShe was found stabbed to death at her Moscow, Idaho home, according to police. But a clearer timeline of the students’ final hours is emerging as police seek help solving their deaths.
Here’s what we know about their deaths so far:
Madison Mogen, 21, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, from Rathdrum, Idaho; Junior Xana Kernodle, 20, Post Falls, Idaho; And Ethan Chapin, a 20-year-old freshman from Mount Vernon, Washington, was found dead after members of the Moscow Police Department responded to a report of an unconscious person they received around 11:58 a.m. on November 13.
All three women were roommates who lived in the house where the bodies were found. Chapin did not live there, but was dating Kernodle. All four were members of a fraternity or sorority.
According to police, Chapin and Kernodle were at a party on the night of November 12 at the Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho campus. He returned home on November 13 at around 1:45 am.
Mogen and Goncalves were at a bar called The Corner Club in downtown Moscow. Police said they left the bar, stopped at a food truck, and then returned home around 1:45 p.m.
Mogan and Goncalves’ stop at the food truck was captured on video. Police said they questioned a man in a white hoodie, who was also seen in the video, along with the man who took the two home that night. Police said they do not believe either was involved in the murders.
According to police, the two other surviving roommates living in the house were isolated in Moscow and returned home by 1 a.m. on 13 November. Police said that it seems that they fell asleep after being stabbed. No one was injured and police have said they do not believe the remaining roommates were involved in the murders.
Police said several calls were made to the cellphone of a victim’s ex-boyfriend, which ended at 2:52 a.m. Police did not believe the ex-boyfriend was a suspect. The timing of those calls places the murders at just after 3 a.m.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry said the 911 call was made using the phone of a surviving roommate, but he would not confirm the identity of the caller.
In addition to the two surviving roommates, “At the time the 911 call was made to the home, Fry said. He said during a press conference on November 20 – a week after the murders – that police were not sure how many people were in the home at the time of the 911 call, including “other friends”. Kept on arrival and did not clarify.
Police later clarified in a statement that “surviving roommates called friends to the residence” because they thought one of the victims had fainted and was not awake. Police said several people spoke to 911 dispatchers. Police said that none of the people present in the house at the time the call was made was involved in the murder.
When police arrived, they found four dead on the second and third floors of the house. According to police, the coroner said the victims were likely asleep, some had defensive wounds and each had been stabbed multiple times. Police said there was no evidence of sexual assault.
Neither the surviving roommates nor the “other friends” have been publicly identified.
A murder weapon, described by police as a large military-style knife, has not been found.
As of Monday, police said they have tracked nearly 700 tips and conducted more than 90 interviews in the case.