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Idaho murders update: Moscow police search for white Hyundai Elantra seen near murder house


Father of Idaho murder victim says ‘means of death’ do not match

Moscow Police is looking to speak with the owner of a white Hyundai Elantra seen near the scene of the murders in the early hours of 13 November.

“Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case,” the department said in a statement on Wednesday.

“If you know of or own a vehicle matching this description, or know of anyone who may have been driving this vehicle on the days preceding or the day of the murders, please forward that information to the Tip Line.”

Moscow Police said that the vehicle, a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra with an unknown license plate, was seen in the immediate area of the 1122 King Street residence where Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, were killed.

The car was seen near the home during “the early morning hours” of 13 November, when the brutal stabbings took place.

The update is perhaps the most substantial development after weeks of reminders from law enforcement that only information that didn’t hinder the investigation would be released.

No arrests have been made, no suspects named and the murder weapon has not been recovered.

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Moscow Police urges the public not to engage in speculation

Three weeks into the investigation of the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin, and Ethan Kernodle, police have yet to name a suspect in the killings.

On Wednesday, the department reminded the public not to engage in speculation.

“At this time, no suspect has been identified and only vetted information that does not hinder the investigation will be released to the public,” the department said.

“We encourage referencing official releases for accurate information and updated progress.”

Andrea Blanco8 December 2022 01:00

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Kaylee Goncalves’ family considers legal action

The grieving family of murdered student Kaylee Goncalves is considering legal action to force police to release information about the case, as tensions continue to mount between law enforcement and the victims’ families.

Law enforcement officials are remaining tight-lipped about several details of the brutal killings, including who may have been the target of the attack.

Some of the victims’ families are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of information, with Goncalves’ father Steve Goncalves accusing officials of “messing up a million times” during the ongoing probe.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Andrea Blanco8 December 2022 00:30

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Moscow Police give potential breakthrough update on car seen near the murder scene

Moscow Police said that the vehicle, a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra with an unknown license plate, was seen in the immediate area of the 1122 King Street residence where Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, were killed.

The car was seen near the home during “the early morning hours” of 13 November, when the brutal stabbings took place.

“Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case,” the department said in a statement on Wednesday.

“If you know of or own a vehicle matching this description, or know of anyone who may have been driving this vehicle on the days preceding or the day of the murders, please forward that information to the Tip Line.”

Andrea Blanco7 December 2022 23:53

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Former tenant of Idaho murder house tells why surviving roommates may not have heard killings

Moscow Police’s announcement early in the investigation into the slayings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen that two roommates had been in the home during the violent murders but were not “necessarily considered witnesses” raised questions about how they were seemingly able to sleep through it.

The surviving roommates are thought to have arrived nearly an hour before the victims and were on the first floor when the killings took place between 3am and 4am, authorities have said.

A 911 call was then made at 11.58am from the cellphone of one of the roommates.

A former tenant of the residence, which is just five minutes away driving from the University of Idaho, has now come forward saying that it was not unusual for him not to hear noises from the upper levels when he was downstairs.

“I wouldn’t have heard it from downstairs,” 43-year-old Ryan Augusta told Fox News Digital last week.

Andrea Blanco7 December 2022 22:51

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Victim’s father turns to private investigators amid lack of updates from ‘inexperienced’ police

Steve Goncalves, whose daughter Kaylee Goncalves was brutally stabbed along with her friends Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin on 13 November, told the New York Post on Sunday – three weeks after the killings – that he has turned to private investigators for help.

His decision to seek outside help stems from a lack of confidence in the Moscow Police Department, which has been working with the Idaho State Police and the FBI on the murders.

Andrea Blanco7 December 2022 22:03

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Investigators found no evidence on Kaylee Goncalves’ dog

“Officers did not find any evidence on the dog and there was no indication the animal had entered the crime scene,” the statement said.

It remains unclear where Murphy was physically located when the murders took place, police said.

Investigators previously revealed that the dog was found inside the home when officers arrived on the scene of the murders on 13 November.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the story:

Andrea Blanco7 December 2022 21:09

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Idaho police address rumours about ‘hoodie guy’ seen near Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen

The man dubbed “hoodie guy” in online sleuth communities – who police previously said is not considered connected to the 13 November killings – became the target of renewed speculation this week after the father of slain student Kaylee Goncalves mentioned rumours around him in an interview with The New York Post on Monday.

A Twitch livestream from the Grub Truck in Moscow, Idaho, captured the man standing nearby Goncalves and Madison Mogen on the night of 12 November, hours before the women were stabbed to death along with their roommate Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin at an off-campus home.

Andrea Blanco7 December 2022 20:19

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Stepfather of University of Idaho murder victim pleads for updates three weeks on: ‘We’re angry’

Speaking to Fox News Digital on Monday, Scott Laramie described the nightmare of losing his and his wife’s only child as “the hardest thing in the world.”

Mr Laramie is the stepfather of Madison Mogen, one of four students killed in Moscow.

“It’s still hard to believe sometimes. We get up in the morning, and it’s like, ‘Nah this isn’t happening,’ then it kicks in,” Mr Laramie told Fox.

“We love her and we miss her, and it’s the hardest thing in the world to try to figure out how to live without her.”

The Independent has the story:

Andrea Blanco7 December 2022 19:27

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Former FBI agent says case could take ‘a long time’ to solve

Jennifer Coffindaffer, a former FBI agent who worked 25 years for the agency, told NBC News on Wednesday that it could be a long time before the murderer of four University of Idaho students is brought to justice.

“This is a case that only the most experienced crime techs can solve and answer,” Ms Coffindaffer said. “It’s going to take a long, long time.”

The veteran former agent said on Twitter that the case, which entered its third week on Sunday, could test the patience of law enforcement.

“True joint LE effort with local, state & federal authorities coming together to do everything in their power to solve this case,” she added. “This case will test patience as LE examines evidence to find the killer.”

Andrea Blanco7 December 2022 18:43

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Ted Bundy’s defense attorney draws similarities between serial killer’s crimes and Moscow murder

In an interview with Fox News Digital, John Henry Browne compared the crime scene at 1122 King Road to a “de facto sorority house,” which Bundy targeted during his violent crime sprees in the 1970s.

“Just the randomness of it is actually something that does stand out,” Mr Browne told the outlet.

“Of course, most of Ted’s misbehaviour was random. There were times when Ted would follow people and then decide not to kill them. And that was his way of exercising his grandiosity, you know, ‘I can control life here and there.’”

Andrea Blanco7 December 2022 17:49