Skip to content

Idaho murders live: ‘More than one’ suspect may be at large in ‘rambo knife’ university stabbings

  • by


Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

Investigators are exploring the possibility that more than one person is behind the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students, which have sent shockwaves through the small college town of Moscow.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death inside an off-campus home early on Sunday morning.

Four days on from the murders, the killer or killers remain at large with no arrests made and no suspects named.

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson has now said it “certainly is possible” that there may be more than killer out there.

His comments come as officials appeared to walk back their claims that the public is not in danger, with Moscow Police Chief James Fry admitting on Wednesday: “There is a threat out there still”.

Police are still working to piece together the timeline of what happened, with footage surfacing of Mogen and Goncalves at a food truck at around 1.41am on Sunday morning. The victims are believed to have died around 3 or 4am.

1668724132

Autopsies are completed, authorities reveal

The Spokane County Medical Examiner carried out all four autopsies on the bodies of the students killed on Sunday.

The results and details have been handed to the Latah County Coroner’s Office but have not been released the findings to the public.

Police have said the victims were stabbed to death with an “edged weapon such as a knife” but the autopsies will confirm the official cause and manner of deaths.

Andrea Blanco17 November 2022 22:28

1668722013

Parents of Ethan Chapin ask for speculations to stop

Speaking to KTVB7, Stacy and Jim Chapin said that rumours spread in the aftermath of their son’s death were completely false.

“The things that are being said are 100% not true,” Ms Chapin told the station. “There [were] not drugs involved, there is not some weird love triangle. He had stayed the night at his girlfriend’s house, who was one of five girls who lived in the home.”

The parents remembered Ethan as an accomplished athlete, and a kind young man who was always looking forward to trying new things.

“We just watched a thing from the university, he was a spike ball champion, a volleyball champion. I mean, he just literally would play and do anything,” Ms Chapin added.

Andrea Blanco17 November 2022 21:53

1668720071

Investigators are looking for ‘Rambo-style’ knife

The Moscow Police Department revealed earlier this week that Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogue, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20 and Xana Kernodle, 20, had been killed with an “edged weapon.”

The general manager of Moscow Building Supply, Scott Jutte, told the Idaho Stateman on Wednesday that detectives had visited his store and asked him if he sold military-style Ka-Bar brand knives.

“They were specifically asking whether or not we carry Ka-Bar-style knives, which we do not,” Mr Jutte told the paper.

He added: “If we did, we could’ve reviewed surveillance footage. But it wasn’t something I could help them with.”

Andrea Blanco17 November 2022 21:21

1668718625

Ethan Chapin’s high school basketball coach remembers him

Tyler Amaya told KXLY that had been coaching Ethan since he was a child.

“He was top-notch. He was one of the best. I don’t have kids. If I had a daughter, I would want her to be with Ethan,” Mr Amaya said, fighting back tears.

“He lit up many of my dark days, days where things weren’t rolling for me. Ethan comes in the gym and all of a sudden, everything’s meaningful again,” Amaya said.

The community in Mount Vernon, where Ethan grow up, have planned a vigil for Ethan.

Andrea Blanco17 November 2022 20:57

1668716886

Two roommates were in the home at the time of the killings

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said during a presser on Wednesday that two other roommates were in the home when the quadruple murder took place.

Mr Fry said that they were not necessarily considered witnesses and that they were cooperating with the investigation.

The two individuals were unharmed. It is unclear whether they placed the 911 call that alerted authorities of an “unconscious individual.”

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were all found dead in the off-campus home on Sunday.

Andrea Blanco17 November 2022 20:28

1668715215

Possibly more than one suspect still at large

Moscow authorities said that they are now exploring the possibility that more than one person carried out the brutal murders.

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told NBC’s TODAY show that it “certainly is possible” that there may be more than killer out there.

“At this point, the investigators are looking at all possibilities. They don’t have a specific suspect,” he said.

“We’re really hoping for any information from the public to help recreate everyone’s activities.”

No arrests have been made in the investigation.

Andrea Blanco17 November 2022 20:00

1668713194

Authorities admit there is a threat to the public

Moscow police have backtracked from earlier statements that there is “no imminent threat to the community at large.”

“There is a threat out there still,” Chief James Fry said during a press conference on Wednesday.

Mr Fry added: “That’s kind of unknown… we still believe it’s a targeted attack, but the reality is, there’s still a person out there who committed horrible, horrible crimes.

“So there is a threat out there still, possibly. We don’t know it’s going to be to anybody else. But we all have to be aware of our surroundings and make sure that we’re watching out for each other.”

The Independent’s Io Dodds has the full story:

Andrea Blanco17 November 2022 19:26

1668710998

Ethan Chapin’s parents recount call informing them about their son’s death

The parents of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, one of the four University of Idaho students killed on Sunday, remembered him as somebody who would always try new things and enjoyed life to the fullest.

They learned the tragic news from their two children, who also attended college with Ethan.

The siblings were triplets, and the surviving Chapin children have been greatly affected by Ethan’s death, their parents told local news station KTVB.

“We’re just trying to process it,” Stacy Chapin, Ethan’s mother, told the station. “It’s not a call that you think that you’re going to, have to speak with the funeral home directors, and the FBI and have it hit national news.”

Andrea Blanco17 November 2022 18:49

1668709224

Four friends posted photos enjoying Idaho college life. Hours later they were killed. What happened?

Four days after four students were found stabbed to death in an off-campus home, no arrests have been made and no suspects named.

With authorities now walking back claims that there is no danger to the community, unanswered questions and fears continue to plague the college town.

What was the motive for the attack? Was there more than one killer? Who placed the puzzling 911 call? And why were police only alerted several hours after the murders when two other people were inside the home?

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp reports:

Rachel Sharp17 November 2022 18:20

1668705624

Prosecutor says student stabbings may have multiple suspects as police seek knife

Investigators are now exploring the possibility that more than one killer is responsible for the murders of four University of Idaho students, as police are on the hunt for a military-style knife believed to have been used in the brutal stabbings.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were all found dead in an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, on Sunday.

All four victims were killed with an “edged weapon such as a knife” – with the murder weapon nowhere to be found and the killer or killers still at large with no no arrests made and no suspects named four days on from the grisly crime.

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told NBC’sTODAY show on Thursday that it “certainly is possible” that there may be more than killer out there.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel Sharp17 November 2022 17:20