Idaho college murder investigators hit roadblock in search for origin of knife: ‘No real help’


MOSCOW, Idaho — Investigators searching the city of Moscow, Idaho and beyond for clues to the violent murders of four college students have so far failed in their search for information from news outlets. local knives.

Police investigating the mid-November stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students have contacted local businesses for information about the fixed-blade knife that was allegedly used – but have not yet ‘now not successful,’ Idaho State Police Director of Communications Aaron Snell told Fox News. Digital Wednesday morning.

Investigators interviewed local businesses “early in the investigation” for information on a possible sale of a knife matching the description of the murder weapon.

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“There was no solution to that,” Snell said. “It didn’t really help the investigation.”

Snell did not comment when asked for a more specific description of the knife beyond what was described and did not previously say whether any knives had been removed from the home or whether police believed the knife had been removed. the killer had brought the weapon to the crime scene. Investigators believe the suspect used a single blade to commit the crime.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the other two housemates of the women in Kaylee Goncalves’ latest Instagram post, shared the day before the murders.
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Seventeen days after the victims were found, police have since towed five vehicles from the King Road home and said they were discussing when and how they would clear the crime scene.

On Wednesday, he said all of the vehicles that had been towed from the house had already been searched and were “still part of the crime scene” and the pending search warrant. All five have been transferred to the Moscow City Maintenance Workshop, where police can access them if needed.

Snell would not say which electronic devices police recovered from the house, and whether any of the items or other property was missing. He said the information was “critical to our investigation”.

The lifeless bodies of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, both 21, and Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, both 20, were discovered around noon on November 13. Officers responded at approximately 11:58 a.m. to an “unconscious person” report at , and arrived to discover the students killed.

State forensics search for clues in Moscow, Idaho, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Four University of Idaho students who were killed Nov. 13 at this home.

State forensics search for clues in Moscow, Idaho, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Four University of Idaho students who were killed Nov. 13 at this home.
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The bodies of two victims were on the second floor and two others were discovered on the third, police said.

The victims’ wounds indicated they had been stabbed in their sleep between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., and there were signs the victims were trying to fight back, police said.

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A sign posted at a local restaurant in Moscow Idaho on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022 asks the public to search for clues in the quadruple homicide of four University of Idaho students.

A sign posted at a local restaurant in Moscow Idaho on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022 asks the public to search for clues in the quadruple homicide of four University of Idaho students.
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Two other housemates were on the ground floor of the house at the time of the attack and survived, police said.

Goncalves, Kernodle and Mogen are said to have lived in the house at the time. The residence hall was located just one block from the perimeter of the University of Idaho campus and within sight of some fraternity houses.

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General views of the Moscow, Idaho home taken Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2002, where four University of Idaho students were murdered, show red stains on the home's foundation.

General views of the Moscow, Idaho home taken Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2002, where four University of Idaho students were murdered, show red stains on the home’s foundation.
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A single identified police vehicle was seen parked in front of the house on Wednesday. The perimeter remains bordered by crime scene tape more than two weeks after the victims were discovered.

Officials called the attack “targeted”, despite some confusion as to how or why, and did not identify the intended victim.

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Police said they collected 113 “physical evidence” and captured around 4,000 crime scene photos. Investigators received more than 488 “digital media submissions” through the FBI portal.

Investigators are still working to identify a suspect, and have not yet recovered the weapon.

Several vigils were held Wednesday across the state and in Washington state. The University of Idaho held a “Vandal Family Candlelight Vigil” at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT Wednesday.

A memorial for the students killed at the University of Idaho on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, is covered in snow. The menorial is in honor of the victims of a quadruple homicide involving at an off-campus house on November 13.

A memorial for the students killed at the University of Idaho on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, is covered in snow. The menorial is in honor of the victims of a quadruple homicide involving at an off-campus house on November 13.
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The Moscow Police Department urges the public to submit any images or information it believes may be important or helpful to its investigation. They can do so by calling 208-883-7180, submitting tips via tipline@ci.moscow.id.us and sending digital media here.

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Authorities have also created a webpage dedicated to the King Road attack.

Fox News Digital’s Matteo Cina contributed to this report.


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