it’s been over two weeksShe was found stabbed to death in her Moscow, Idaho, home on Nov. 13 — but so far, police say a suspect or suspects have not been identified.
Here’s what we know so far.
Police responded to a report of an unconscious person, which they received at 11:58 a.m. on Sunday, November 13. There, members of the Moscow Police Department found four University of Idaho students dead on the second and third floors of the house.
Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves and Zana Karnodle were roommates who lived in the home while Ethan Chapin, a fourth victim, did not live there but was dating Karnodle.
Police said that on Saturday night, Chapin and Kurnodle were at a party at the Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho campus. He returned home on Sunday, November 13, around 1:45 p.m.
Mogen and Goncalves were at a bar called The Corner Club in Downtown Moscow that night. Police said they left the bar, stopped at a food truck, and then returned home around 1:45 p.m.
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. Timing of multiple calls to Kaylee Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend’s cellphone places the murders after 3 a.m.
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.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry said the 911 call was made using the phone of a surviving roommate, but he would not confirm the caller’s identity.
Who were the victims?
Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho, were both seniors. According to the university, Mogen was a marketing major while Goncalves majored in general studies.
Zana Kurnodl, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho, was also a marketing major. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, while Ethan Chapin, a 20-year-old freshman from Mount Vernon, Washington, was a member of Sigma Chi. He majored in entertainment, sports and tourism management, according to the school.
What have officials learned?
Officials said that till now they have depositedOn Wednesday, November 30, he said it contained more than 113 pieces of physical evidence. Crime scene investigators took “approximately 4,000 photographs” and “multiple” 3-D scans of the house. Overall, investigators “acted on a total of more than 1,000 tips and conducted 150 interviews,” police said on November 23.
On 30 November, officialsSo that they can continue processing the evidence. Earlier in the probe, they had seized the contents of three dumpers but said no useful evidence was found.
Police have called the killings “targeted” but have not clarified those comments or explained how they can make that statement without raising suspicion. Alivia Goncalves, the sister of victim Kaylee Goncalves, told NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo that police have not provided any further information to the families.
“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,” Goncalves said. “I don’t know who that target was, if it was one of them, if it was all of them. I don’t know.”
Police said they questioned a man wearing a white hoodie who was seen in a video of Mogen and Goncalves at the food truck and also the person who drove the two home that night. Police said they do not believe either was involved in the murders.
Police also do not believe Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend is a suspect, despite the early morning phone calls.
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 home when the 911 call was made, 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 house at the time of the 911 call, including “other friends”. Kept on arrival and did not clarify.
Neither the surviving roommates nor the “other friends” have been publicly identified.
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.
Moscow police said investigators had “examined in detail” the reports that Goncalves was the stalker. Police said on 22 November, “They have followed hundreds of leads related to this subject and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker.”
A murder weapon, described by police as a large fixed-blade knife, has not been found.
The department said on Sunday, November 27, that the tips kept coming in as community members uploaded more than 500 digital submissions to the FBI link seeking information in the case. Dozens of members of the Moscow Police Department, FBI and Idaho State Police have been involved in the investigation, and Gov. Brad Little directed up to $1 million in state emergency funds for the ongoing investigation.
Moscow police said, “We understand there is a sense of fear in our community.”
Although detectives have already used various tips and surveillance video to locate possible suspects, they are currently seeking additional tips and surveillance footage of “any unusual behavior” seen during the night of November 12. — while Goncalves and Mogen were out in downtown Moscow and Kernell and Chapin were at the university’s Sigma Chi fraternity house — and in the early hours of November 13.