Idaho student murders update: Victim’s father says Moscow police believe only one of four students killed was ‘target’

Video shows mystery man with dead Idaho students

Moscow police said they found no viable evidence linking the University of Idaho murders to a similar stabbing in Oregon a year ago.

Authorities released a statement Friday that the August 2021 fatal stabbing of Travis Juttern, 26, in Salem, Oregon, is not believed to be connected to the murders of Zana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kylie Goncalves and Madison Mogen.

“While these cases are similar … there is no evidence to support that the cases are related.”

This week, parallels were drawn between the knife attack on Juten and his wife, who survived the violence, and the Nov. 13 quadruple murders at the victims’ off-campus rental home, located 400 miles away in Moscow.

Jutten’s mother said Independent On Thursday she hoped investigators could get answers for all five slain victims.


ICYMI: Here’s everything we know about the 911 call

All four victims are believed to have been killed around 3 or 4 am on November 13.

The attack was brutal and each victim was stabbed multiple times.

Police were not called to the home until 11.58am on Sunday.

Police said the roommates slept through what happened and when they woke up on Sunday, they called some unknown friends to the house because they believed one of the victims on the second floor had “passed out and wasn’t awake”.

After the friends arrived at the scene, one of the group called 911 from the cell phone of one of the roommates.

In the call, the person reported an “unconscious person.”

Roommates and unknown friends were still at the scene when officers arrived.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 20:02


Over 260 digital submissions of evidence in the investigation

After requesting the public to submit evidence on a portal made available by the Moscow PD, more than 260 digital tips have been received, the department said Friday.

“Detectives are also looking for additional tips and surveillance video of any unusual behavior between the night of November 12th and early morning of November 13th when Kelly and Madison were in downtown Moscow and when Ethan and Zana were at the Sigma Chi house,” the department said in a press release.

Police have asked residents of the area to submit videos even if they don’t find them suspicious.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 18:49


The dog was found unharmed after police arrived at the scene

Idaho police have confirmed that a harmless dog was found at the crime scene of the brutal murder of four University of Idaho students.

The Moscow Police Department released a statement Monday that officers responding to a fatal stabbing at 1122 King Road on Nov. 13 found a dog at the residence.

The pet was not harmed and was turned over to Animal Services, police said. It has since been released to the “responsible party”.

The dog – Murphy – was shared by Kylie Goncalves and her former long-term boyfriend.

It was not revealed whether police believe the killer, who is still at large, saved the dog’s life or never came into contact with it.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 17:52


Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin’s last move

Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin spent the night of November 12 at a party at Sigma Chi.

The frat house is built into a hill and slopes upward facing Nez Perce Drive, which runs through campus and past the Arboretum, a short uphill walk ahead.

The grounds of the UI Arboretum and Botanical Garden back onto Taylor Road, just one block from the girls’ house, which you must cross to get to Sigma Chi.

Police have sought surveillance footage, particularly from the highway and areas around the arboretum.

It is unclear where they were between 9pm and 1.45am.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 16:58


Prosecutors warn of potentially lengthy investigation

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told the Daily Mail that Moscow police have no viable suspects at this time.

‘I haven’t heard anything that they’ve identified a viable suspect or heard evidence that might lead to a suspect,’ he said.

It very well could be [a lengthy investigation] – I think everything depends on the answers they can find.

‘If they’re lucky, they’ll find answers to who’s responsible and what happened quickly, or they may not find those answers quickly and have to keep digging.’

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 16:05


An Idaho murder mystery that has baffled police

The university town of Moscow, Idaho, awoke Monday with law enforcement everywhere, students short and answers still elusive in the frustrating — and terrifying — investigation into the gruesome quadruple slaying of four college kids.

The bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Zana Kernodal, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, were found around noon on Sunday, Nov. 13.

All four had been brutally stabbed and were found on the second and third floors of a building just two blocks from the University of Idaho campus.

Chapin, a Sigma Chi fraternity member, was spending the night with his girlfriend, Kernodle; He and two other victims lived in a three-story house on King Road with two other female roommates.

Independent‘s Sheila Flynn reports from the ground in Moscow:

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 15:29


Revisiting the final hours of the victims

The University of Idaho prepared for a home game against the UC Davis Aggies in the 16,000-seat Kibby Dome on Nov. 12, unaware of the dark cloud that would hang over the town of just 25,000 for days to come, reports Sheila Flynn.

Sheila writes: “Kylie Goncalves and Maddie Mogen, both 21 and childhood best friends, were heading to a bar downtown together. Xana Kernodle, 20, was planning to hang out with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin.”

Independent Contains a detailed account of the victim’s final hours:

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 15:01


As time passes, the likelihood of catching a killer decreases, the analysis finds

As time passes, the chances of catching a killer decrease, according to a new analysis by The Washington Post.

The paper analyzed 8,000 homicide arrests in 25 major US cities since 2007.

Half of all cases were arrested in 10 days or less, the analysis found. Two-thirds of the arrests were made within a month and about 30 percent within the previous 48 hours.

However, the statistics about identifying the killer more than a year after the murder show a dismal reality. Data shows that even after a year, only five percent of unsolved cases lead to arrests.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 14:29


Some individuals were ruled out as suspects

Nearly two weeks into the investigation, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.

Moscow police have ruled out several people as suspects in the gruesome murder.

They have said the two surviving housemates who were in the home at the time of the killing and another friend who was in the home when the 911 call was made are not considered suspects at this time.

A man who was caught on camera at a food truck in the downtown area before driving home with Madison Mogen and Kylie Goncalves and a private party that gave Mogen and Goncalves a ride home from the food truck have also been denied.

Goncalves’ former long-term boyfriend, with whom she shares a dog, is also not connected to the crime, police said.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 13:59


Roommate honors victims with tattoo

One of the slain victims’ surviving roommates posted a picture of her inked on VSCO featuring angel wings and the victims’ initials — MKXE.

Independent The woman’s name has been withheld to avoid undue speculation.

Authorities have reiterated that the two surviving roommates are not considered suspects in the brutal stabbing and were not necessarily witnesses to the crime.

IndependentAndrea Blanco’s story is:

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 13:31


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