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Idaho murders – live: No suspect identified, only vetted information to be made public, say Moscow police

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Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

Moscow police have said that a fortnight after four University of Idaho students were found murdered in their off-campus home, no suspects have been identified.

The police said in a Facebook post: “At this time, no suspect has been identified and only vetted information that does not hinder the investigation will be released to the public.”

Authorities had previously said that the public would have to “trust them” on the notion that the killings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were targeted because no details behind the reasoning would be released.

Police added that speculation is stoking fear in the community.

Authorities said that there has been an increase in the calls to notify unusual circumstances and requests to check on loved ones.

“Since November 13th, the department has received 78 calls for unusual circumstances and 36 requests to check the welfare of loved ones, an increase from 70 and 18, respectively, for all of October.”

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Parents issue a plea for the rampant rumours to stop

The loved ones of University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen have tried to navigate grieve amid rampant rumours about the circumstances surrounding the killings.

“All the noise out there is really harming the families,” a friend of Kristi and Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s parents, told The Independent. “And it’s taking the police down trails that are not real and taking them away from the ones that are.”

Police have issued similar pleas updating their social media posts repeatedly to address specific inaccuracies circulating.

They shot down reports that the skinning of a nearby pet dog was related to the murders; then they said a report of a man waiting in a woman’s car was “unfounded.”

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn has the story:

Andrea Blanco28 November 2022 07:20

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Idaho police will keep details ‘from view’ to develop investigation

Police have said they won’t release details on why they believe the University of Idaho students were targeted, in order to protect the ongoing investigation.

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No link between 2021 stabbing in Oregon and the murders, Moscow police say

“There have been numerous media inquiries about a 1999 double stabbing in Pullman, Washington, and the 2021 double stabbing (with one death) in Salem, Oregon,” the statement read.

“While these cases share similarities … there does not appear to be any evidence to support the cases are related.”

The Independent has the story:

Andrea Blanco28 November 2022 06:00

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Increase in calls for unusual circumstances, police say

Police in Moscow, Idaho, have said that there has been an increase in the calls to notify unusual circumstances and requests to check on loved ones.

In a statement Moscow police said: “Since November 13th, the department has received 78 calls for unusual circumstances and 36 requests to check the welfare of loved ones, an increase from 70 and 18, respectively, for all of October.”

Police have urged the community to notify the police before informing friends and family under such circumstances.

“For life-safety and emergencies, we want to remind our community to call 9-1-1 before notifying family or friends.”

(Moscow PD)

Sravasti Dasgupta28 November 2022 05:30

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More than 43,000 join Idaho murders Reddit community

The Reddit subchannels MoscowMurders and IdahoMurders have amassed more than 43,000 members who discuss the case on a daily basis.

In the forums, people from across the country are weighing in on the investigation into the slayings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen inside their off-campus rental home in Moscow.

Some posts contain information that is entirely speculative and has already been debunked by authorities, while other users have reminded that police are doing their jobs and the case is “not a 60-minute CSI crime show.”

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Andrea Blanco28 November 2022 04:40

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No suspect identified, only vetted information to be made public, say police

Moscow police have said that a fortnight after four University of Idaho students were found murdered in their off-campus home, no suspects have been identified.

The police said in a Facebook post: “At this time, no suspect has been identified and only vetted information that does not hinder the investigation will be released to the public.”

Police added that speculation is stoking fear in the community.

“There is speculation, without factual backing, stoking community fears and spreading false facts. We encourage referencing official releases for accurate information and updated progress.”

Sravasti Dasgupta28 November 2022 04:00

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“MKXE— Love You Always and Forever”

As tributes continue to pour in for Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen more than ten days after they were stabbed to death, their roommate has chosen to immortalize their legacy on her skin.

Mogen and the woman were both members of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Her VSCO profile also featured recently-posted pictures of her with the victims, each with tribute captions.

“Maddie Kaylee Xana Ethan —MKXE— Love You Always and Forever,” she captioned the picture of the tattoo, in which another individual with the same art — it is unclear whether it is the second surviving roommate — was also featured.

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Andrea Blanco28 November 2022 03:20

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Claims that Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker not confirmed

The Moscow Police Department has been unable to confirm reports that murder victim Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker.

Despite “looking extensively” into concerns raised by people who knew Goncalves that she had complained about a stalker, police were unable to confirm those reports, the department said during a press conference on Wednesday.

Andrea Blanco28 November 2022 02:00

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Dog found unscathed at crim scene

In a statement, the department said that the pet was unharmed and turned over to Animal Services.

It has since been released to a “responsible party.”

Andrea Blanco28 November 2022 00:40

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Police seek surveillance video

Businesses and homes within certain geographical areas are being asked to share all outside surveillance video taken between 3am and 6am on 13 November – whether there appears to be motion and content or not.

The areas include: West Taylor Ave (north boundary), West Palouse River Dr (south boundary), Highway 95 south to the 2700 block of Highway 95 S (east boundary) and Arboretum & Botanical Garden (west boundary).

“Investigators have determined the two areas of interests within the city and have provided maps which are on our Facebook page and on our website,” Roger Lanier, operations captain of Moscow Police Department, said on Sunday.

(Moscow PD)

Andrea Blanco27 November 2022 23:20