The fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students last month remain unsolved as the killings continue to draw national attention.
The students – Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20 – were found murdered in their beds in an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, on Nov. 13.
Nearly three weeks later, Moscow police are continuing to investigate the murders. Many details about the case remain unknown as law enforcement faces a national scrutiny to crack the case, while the normally quiet college town, which hasn’t seen a homicide since 2015, remains on edge.
Goncalves, Mogen and Kernodle lived together with two other roommates in the rented house near the University of Idaho campus. Chapin, Kernodle’s friend, stayed at the house the night of the attack. There were two other housemates who slept through the stabbings, which police have since ruled out as possible suspects.
What authorities have said about the University of Idaho killer
Police have not yet named a suspect in the killings, with much information about the quadruple murder remaining unknown, although experts suggest police likely have more information on the case than they have publicly released.
Tests conducted by an Idaho lab on the contents of the crime scene failed to identify a suspect. Meanwhile, police announced this week that they have taken five vehicles for examination as part of their investigation. Authorities have not said who owns the vehicles parked in front of the house since the night of the murder.
Police also believe the killer used a fixed knife and are looking for the weapon as part of their investigation.
Mary Ellen O’Toole, a former FBI profiler, previously said news week that the killer would probably need to have some sort of knowledge of the house in order to commit the “quick” murders.
“If you murder four people, you’re going to be in and out of it pretty quickly, and in order to do that and lower your own level of risk, you need to know something about this place,” she said.
Who are the University of Idaho stabbing victims?
The University of Idaho community gathered to honor the lives of the victims at a vigil Wednesday. During the vigil, the victims’ parents spoke about their children’s inheritance.
Stephen Goncalves, Kaylee’s father, said during the vigil that his daughter and Mogen have been close friends since sixth grade.
“It’s like a book,” he said. “It’s like a terrible chapter, but it’s beautiful. And we will get our justice. We’re going to figure this stuff out, this community deserves it.”
Ben Mogen, Madison’s father, shared that his daughter loved watching live music and the two had many fond memories of going to concerts together. Meanwhile, University of Idaho Dean Blaine Eckles said Kernodle was honored by her sorority sisters.
Chapin’s mother, Stacy, said Ethan was a triplet who attended university with his two siblings, Hunter and Maizie.
“Let me remind you that the most important message we have for you and your families is to make sure you spend as much time as possible with these people because time is precious and something you cannot get back ,” She said.
Who is Jeremy Reagan, neighbor to the stabbing?
Some internet sleuths have pointed to the victims’ neighbor Jeremy Reagan as a possible suspect. However, police have not named him as a person of interest or a suspect as interest in his involvement is purely speculative.
Reagan, a third-year law student who has described himself as “socially awkward,” said Thursday he submitted a mouth swab test after becoming the target of online speculation.
“I just walked in, they never contacted me,” he said. “I just thought it’s easier to just try to be proactive and get everything out of the way sooner rather than later.”
Why the Idaho Police Department has been criticized
The Idaho Police Department has come under some scrutiny after releasing conflicting statements regarding the way they conducted the investigation. Police said last month the stabbing was likely a targeted attack, but didn’t explain why they think so.
“I mean, to be honest, you have to trust us at this point because we won’t publish why we think that,” Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier said at a press conference at the time.
However, law enforcement later clarified that they didn’t know if the victims or the home were “specifically targeted.”
“The Latah County Attorney’s Office said the suspect(s) looked specifically at this home and that one or more of the residents were undoubtedly targeted. We spoke to the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office and found that this was a communication error,” Moscow police wrote in a statement.
news week contacted the Moscow Police Department for comment.
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