The investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students in the city of Moscow is now entering its second week, with authorities saying efforts are ongoing to find the perpetrator in the attack.
“We’re trying to expedite everything we possibly can to get access to a suspect,” Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said Saturday.
The four students killed – Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Zana Kurnodl, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21 — were discovered by police last Sunday at an off-campus home. According to a county coroner, the victims had been stabbed to death, and the weapon used has not yet been found.
Thompson was one of several officers who spent nearly two hours at the crime scene Saturday as part of an active investigation.
Thompson said, “I wish we had more answers, and they were still asking questions.”
With a town and campus community increasingly alarmed by the murders and the lack of answers in the case, many students have left Moscow before fall break. Police clarified last week that they were unable to determine whether the public were at greater risk.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry said on Wednesday: “We can’t say there is no threat to the community and as we’ve said, please be vigilant, report any suspicious activity and watch your surroundings at all times.” Be aware.”
Several professors canceled classes last week, including Zachary Turpin wrote on social media He “cannot in good conscience take a class” until police release more information or identify a suspect in the murders.
The Moscow Police Department is leading the investigation with assistance from the FBI as well as state and local law enforcement agencies. In a statement Friday night, Moscow police said investigators had completed 38 interviews with people “who may have information about the murders.”
Moscow police said local businesses have been contacted by detectives “to determine whether a fixed-blade knife had been purchased recently”. According to the statement, three dumpsters located on a street near the house were also seized to search for possible evidence.
One email tip line For those in the area to help with any information was provided. Police said detectives were working on about 500 tips as of late Friday afternoon.
Investigators this week began building a timeline of events before the deadly attack regarding the students and their last known whereabouts.
Chapin and Kurnodle attended a party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house on Saturday night from 8 to 9 p.m.
According to a live Twitch stream from Truck, Goncalves and Mogen were at a local sports bar between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
As they waited for their food for about 10 minutes, they chatted among themselves as well as with other people standing near the truck. The person manning the truck told CNN that the couple did not appear to be in distress or danger in any way.
Police said in their update that Goncalves and Mogen used a “private party” for a ride, arriving home at 1:45 a.m. The four victims had returned home at around 1:45 pm on Sunday.
From there, authorities are working to determine how and when the attack occurred.
According to Moscow police, a 911 call was received about an “unconscious person” just before noon on Sunday and responding officers found that four students were dead. Police have said that there were no signs of forced entry when officers arrived.
According to Xana Kernodle’s father, Jeffrey Kernodle, one of the doors used to access the home has a keypad lock that requires a code to gain entry.
Goncalves’ sister, Alivia Goncalves, said the residence was known as a “party house”, so some previous visitors may have had access.
“So I wouldn’t say they were very private with that code,” Goncalves told ABC World News Tonight.
The home also has a sliding door, which could have been used to gain entry, Jeffrey Kernodle told CNN affiliate KPHO/KTVK.
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Moscow police quoted the Latah County coroner as saying on Friday that the students were “likely asleep” before the attack. According to the police update, some of the four had defensive wounds – although it is not specified how many victims did – and there were no signs of sexual assault.
Earlier this week, Jeffrey Kurnodl told KPHO/KTVK that his daughter fought her assailant to the very end, adding that the autopsy report showed “injuries, lacerations from a knife. She was a Tough girl.
Alivia Goncalves told The New York Times that seven unanswered calls were made from her sister’s phone to her ex-boyfriend between 2:26 a.m. and 2:52 a.m., based on information from phone logs Alivia Goncalves obtained from her sister’s phone provider. was able to download.
She told The New York Times that the frequency of the calls was not unusual, and that her sister would often call people repeatedly until they answered the phone.
CNN has made several attempts to contact Alivia Goncalves. The boyfriend’s mother told CNN on Saturday that she had no comment out of respect for the Gonsalves family’s wishes.
The department said Friday that two roommates who were in the home during the attack were healthy, and that Moscow police “do not believe” that the two were involved in the crime.
The university announced that a candlelight vigil would be held in memory of the four students killed.
According to the university Friday, a vigil will be held on the campus on November 30 and those who are unable to attend in person will also be invited to participate in the ceremony.
“Please join us wherever you are, individually or as a group, to help us light up Idaho. Light a candle, turn on the stadium lights, or join us on campus to unite,” said the University of Idaho. Have a moment of silence for. The vigil will be held after Thanksgiving break to allow more people the opportunity to participate.
University of Idaho President Scott Green sent out a memo Thursday encouraging students to follow their best course of action as the university community processes the homicides.
“We need to remain flexible this week and allow our students and colleagues to process these unprecedented events in their own way,” Green said. “Students, you are encouraged to do what is right for you. Whether it is going home early or staying in class, you have our support.