Cops: Murdered Idaho students may have been ‘too shocked to scream’
Idaho investigators were seen taking photos and measurements of some tire tracks outside the home where four college students were killed, while some are wondering if it could be connected the grisly death of a pet dog. Moscow police believe victims Kaylee Goncalvez, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20, were stabbed to death at their home near campus between 3am and 4am.
A local reporter said they were state forensics investigators who photographed the tracks. It was revealed Goncalvez and Mogen got a ride home from a mystery individual after visiting a food truck, with cops now hunting for that driver. Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson said Saturday that law enforcement is trying to ‘expedite everything’ that could solve the case, the first murder recorded in the city of Moscow in seven years.
Meanwhile, local sleuths on Facebook have connected the killings to the story of a man who found his neighbors’ dog killed just two miles away from where they were last seen. On October 22, a man named Clint Hughes posted on Facebook that his neighbors’ ‘sweet little dog was skinned like a deer. No animal did this. Our dog is bigger and was so anxious about the same time that he tore his bed up into a thousand pieces. Also, our cat has been missing for the last couple of days.’
In a Facebook group, it was noted that the girls were last seen in public just under two miles away from the area where the dog was murdered. They also note that the four students were killed with a knife – believed to have been a Rambo blade – which may also have been used in skinning the dog. DailyMail.com has attempted to contact Hughes for comment. The local sheriff’s office is believed to be aware of the killing, although no official link to the murders has been made.
Online sleuths have been credited for helping cops make breaks in multiple high-profile crimes, including the killing of Gabby Petito at the hands of her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. An expert cop also weighed in on the terrifying killings Saturday, saying the victims may have been too shocked to cry out as they were stabbed to death in their beds. Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman told Fox News Digital: ‘People aren’t talking when they are focused on not dying. That doesn’t disturb me too much. It’s not TV. You might say something at first, but then you’re focused on stopping the attack.’ Pictured: Police appealed for assistance in tracking down the killer or killers.
Questions have been raised about why the two surviving female housemates didn’t dial 911, but neither is being considered as a suspect. Mogen and Goncalves (pictured), both 21 and friends since 6th grade, were last seen at a downtown bar and a food truck outside, before returning home at 1:45am.
The other two, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin – who did not live at the house – were at a party on campus on Saturday night. All four were back in the house by 1:45am on Sunday morning, and were murdered between 3-4am.
Their two roommates, Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke (pictured), were in the house at the time of the murders but survived. They’re not considered suspects in the killings. Cops have yet to arrest anyone in connection with the killings and have pleaded for eyewitnesses to come forward.
Cathy Mabbutt, Latah County Coroner, told NewsNation that the victims were found in bed with multiple stab wounds to their chest, and described the weapon as a ‘really large knife.’ She told Idaho News that the attack seemed ‘personal.’ He also noted that some of the victims appeared to have fought back, according to the New York Times .
The house that the six women shared showed no signs of a break in, police said at a press conference on Wednesday. James Fry, chief of Moscow police, said nothing appeared to have been stolen from the house, which had a keycode lock. ‘We’re not 100% sure if the door was unlocked, but there was no damage to anything and the door was still open when we got there,’ said Fry.
Asked about the mayor of Moscow’s description of the killing as a ‘crime of passion,’ Fry said they were looking into it, and also investigating social media posts and any boyfriends or relationships the women had. ‘We’re looking at everyone,’ said Fry. ‘Every tip, every lead. There’s no one we’re not going to talk to. We’re going to make sure nothing goes unturned.’
Kernodle’s father Jeffrey has revealed his theory that the killer may have slipped into the house through a sliding door off the kitchen. ‘The door locks with a number code. Every time you go, you have to go around the house because of the number code so they either knew that or went around and maybe found the slider door open,’ he told Arizona Family.
Goncalves’s sister Alivea said that many of the other young people in the area had access to the house and knew the code for the door. ‘There was a key pad on their front door,’ she told KHQ. ‘I will say, due to the closeness of the community and due to the safeness of it, I think a lot of people had access to that door. But yes, that door had a keypad code on it. They lived on one of the most iconic streets, it’s kind of a well known place. I know my sisters and I know for a fact they locked their doors.’ She said they were deeply disturbed by the targeted killings.
The families said they are becoming frustrated with the lack of action by the local police department. The killer remains on the loose with no real leads or suspects named. Kaylee’s sister, Alivea Goncalvez, told Inside Edition that her sibling and Madison had started making calls to Jack, who she described to be a ‘young man,’ at about half past two on the morning of the brutal massacre. ‘Kaylee calls Jack six times between 2.26 am and 2.44 am,’ Goncalvez said. ‘From 2.44 to 2.52 Maddie calls Jack three times, then Kaylee makes a final call to him at 2.52 am.’ Photos on social media posted by Kaylee show her with a young man named Jack – however it is unclear whether this is the same person she and Madison had been calling. Its been revealed that Kaylee may have also had a stalker – the 21-year-old complaining about this person just months before her death.
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