Crime Moscow Police Identify Idaho Murder Victim's Potential 'Stalker'
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.
The MoscowDepartment in Moscow, Idaho, released new information on Monday about one of the stabbing victim's having a potential "stalker."
In the early morning hours of November 13, four University of Idaho students were fatally stabbed in their beds in an off-campus residence near the university. The victims were identified as Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20. While police have been unable to identify a suspect, there were previous reports about Goncalves having a stalker.
Half-empty Idaho campus full of fear, grief after killings
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In a normal year, University of Idaho students would be bustling between classes and the library, readying for the pre-finals cramming period known as “dead week.” On Wednesday, however, a little under half the students appeared to be gone, choosing to stay home and take classes online rather than return to the town where the killings of four classmates remain unsolved, said Blaine Eckles, the university's dean of students.On Wednesday, however, a little under half the students appeared to be gone, choosing to stay home and take classes online rather than return to the town where the killings of four classmates remain unsolved, said Blaine Eckles, the university's dean of students.
"Using tips and leads, investigators have identified an incident involving Kaylee at a local business, which may have been the stalker reference she made to friends and family. 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 department said in an update on their website.
However, the update noted that detectives have spoken with the two men who said that they were at the business to "meet women."
"Based on available information, detectives believe this was an isolated incident and not an ongoing pattern of stalking. No evidence suggests the two males were involved in the murders," the update added.
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.
Last month, the department issued a press release discussingand said investigators have "pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker."
Goncalves' parents also recently spoke with NewsNation when they were asked about the department's comments regarding a stalker and their daughter.
"She's a pretty girl, her friends are really pretty. So them attracting attention was pretty common wherever they went. So I think she had attracted attention, whether that's a dedicated person following her around, maybe not. I do believe that the officers looked into it, and I believe what they said that there was no evidence there," Goncalves' father, Steve, said.
Goncalves' mother, Kristi, also spoke about the investigation and how some individuals were"I just feel like there's been a couple individuals that were cleared very fast that maybe should not have been," she told the news outlet.
Authorities swat down rumors surrounding unsolved killings of 4 University of Idaho students
Authorities in a small Idaho city that had not recorded a murder in years are urging the public to be vigilant against rumors and conjectures surrounding the unsolved killings of four college students last month. Your browser does not support this video The stabbing deaths in a Moscow home near the University of Idaho’s main campus on November 13 have been shrouded in agonizing mystery, leading to apprehension amongst the campus community as the suspect or suspects remain on the loose.
According to police, since the investigation began, they have received over 4,000 tips and over 1,000 "digital media submissions."
"We believe someone has information that will add context to the picture investigators are creating of what occurred that evening. 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," the police department said.
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.