Crime Idaho murders: Police provide update on victim's stalker reference, dog found at crime scene
Idaho murders: Detectives, FBI return to campus stabbing scene, collect evidence and meet with prosecutor
Police and FBI agents returned Friday to the Moscow home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death in their sleep earlier this month.Aaron Snell, the communications director for the Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital downplayed the significance of the late meeting and said investigators had been routinely putting in long hours.
MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho police said Monday that they have looked into an incident involvingKaylee Goncalves "at a local business, which may have been the stalker reference she made to friends and family."
The update came as police continue to search for any suspects in a Nov. 13that left four University of Idaho students including Goncalves,21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, stabbed to death in their off-campus home on Nov. 13.
"In mid-October, two males were seen inside a local business; they parted ways, and one male appeared to follow Kaylee inside the business and as she exited to walk toward her car. The male turned away, and it did not appear he made any contact with her," the Moscow Police Department (MPD) said in a press release. "Detectives contacted both males and learned the two were attempting to meet women at the business, this was corroborated through additional investigation."
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The University of Idaho is holding vigils Wednesday for four students who were stabbed near the campus on Nov. 13. Fear and uncertainty lingers.On Wednesday evening, students and faculty were expected to gather to remember Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21 and Xana Kernodle, 20, in a series of candlelight vigils including in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center in Moscow, in front of the University of Idaho Water Center in Boise and in a cafeteria on the College of Eastern Idaho campus.
Detectives concluded that "this was an isolated incident and not an ongoing pattern of stalking," and "[n]o evidence suggests the two males were involved in the murders."
Additionally, MPD determined that a dog belonging to Goncalves located at the crime scene after the murders did not have any evidence on him before he was released to the Humane Society and then a "responsible person."
Idaho murder victim's dad says killer is the 'sick kind of twisted person' who would show up to funeral
Steve Goncalves said his family hasn't held a funeral yet for his daughter because her killer is the "sick kind of twisted person" who would show up to the service."It’s pretty much a fact. Who does something like this and doesn’t tune into the media? Who wouldn’t? It’s in his 100% selfish interest," Steve Goncalves told Fox News' Marth MacCallum on Thursday.
"During the search of the home, a dog was found in a room where the crimes had not been committed. Officers did not find any evidence on the dog and there was no indication the animal had entered the crime scene. The dog was taken to Animal Services and released to a responsible person," MPD said.
More than three weeks later, police are still trying to fill in an unknown timeline of events for Chapin and Kernodle, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, the night before the murders. The pair were spotted at the university's Sigma Chi fraternity house on campus around 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 — a Saturday. It is unclear where they went or what they did between then and the time they arrived at home around 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 13. They are asking the public to share any information they may have about the couple's timeline that evening or early the next morning.
Idaho murders: Roommates of slain university students break their silence
The two surviving roommates of four University of Idaho students who were killed in their home on Nov. 13 released public statements for the first time at a Friday memorial.Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the first floor of their rental home on King Road when their three roommates, Kaylee Goncalves, 21; and Madison Mogen, 21; and Xana Kernodle, 20; as well as Kernodle's 20-year-old boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, were stabbed to death in the early morning hours of Nov. 13.
The Latah County coroner said the four victims were fatally stabbed, each multiple times, between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Nov. 13. "Some" of the victims had defensive wounds.
Detectives have sorted through more than 2,645 emailed tips, 2,770 phone tips, and 1,084 digital media submissions.
"We believe someone has information that will add context to the picture investigators are creating of what occurred that evening," MPD stated in its Monday press release. "Our focus is the investigation, not the activities. Your information, whether you believe it is significant or not, might be one of the puzzle pieces that help solve these murders."
students who left campus for Thanksgiving break were given the option to stay home and learn remotely instead of returning to campus with a suspect still on the run.
Police also have yet to announce any kind of motive in the quadruple murder.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the murders to call 208-883-7180 or email@example.com.
Idaho murders: ‘Rage,’ ‘randomness’ among similarities to Ted Bundy’s infamous killings, former attorney says .
University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, were stabbed several times and killed on Nov. 13.John Henry Browne served as a criminal defense attorney for Bundy in the 1970s and 1980s. To this day, he said, Bundy has "haunted" him for his "whole career," to the point where he prefers not to discuss the man whom he described as being "born evil.