Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students
Both cases involved an assailant breaking into a home at around 3am in the morning and attacking victims in their beds with a knife while other people were in the house.
When asked about the case in a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry confirmed he had received a tip and that there is “stuff that we are going to follow up on”.
The mother of the man killed in the attack 15 months ago told The Independent that finding out who killed her son and also catching the killer of the slain students in Idaho – would be “the best Christmas present ever”.
Frustration is mounting over the investigation into the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, as 11 days on from the brutal stabbing deaths no arrests have been made and no suspects identified.
The four students were all stabbed to death in an off-campus home on November 13 while their two other roommates slept.
The housemates, Goncalves’ former boyfriend, the person who gave Goncalves and Mogen a ride home, and a man who was with them at a food truck have all been ruled out as suspects.
Criminal expert warns bloody crime scene could be a challenge for investigators
Joseph Scott Morgan, a distinguished scholar of forensics at Jacksonville State University, told Fox News that it is likely the perpetrator is a predator who did not know the victims personally.
“From a blood evidence standpoint, this is a profoundly bloody scene,” Mr. Morgan added.
“It’s going to be a very complicated case when you go through blood evidence, when you go to do DNA typing. It’s a major challenge.”
Mr. Morgan said that he believed this is the type of case that is solved by “the public’s participation and tips,” because the DNA evidence collected at the scene could be from somebody who is not on a law enforcement database.
Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 22:50
Xana Kernodle’s father calls tragedy his “worst nightmare”
No arrests have been made in the investigation and authorities have released very few details about the murders.
Jeffrey Kornodle called the tragedy his “worst nightmare.”
“How can you protect your child? You keep them at home and don’t let [them] go to college? They’re not gonna stay at home like that,” Mr Kornodle told The Independent last week.
“So, it’s really mind-boggling. It’s just completely unthinkable and it’s the worst nightmare.”
Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 21:46
Idaho murders Reddit sleuth community tops 43,000 after frustrating Moscow police update
Following a press conference on Wednesday marked by a lack of notable developments, 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 posted reminded that police are doing their jobs and the case is “not a 60-minute CSI crime show.”
The Independent‘s Andrea Blanco:
Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 20:46
What happened in the Idaho murder victims’ final hours?
It could have been anyone, in any US college town, on any Saturday night, The Independent‘s Sheila Flynn writes.
That’s how typical the murdered students’ behavior was in Moscow, Idaho.
Instead, housemates Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were brutally stabbed to death.
Could clues to the Idaho killings lie in victims’ ordinary evenings?
Sheila reports from on the ground in Idaho:
Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 19:46
Mother of murdered Oregon man speaks out after police reveal possible link to Idaho student slayings
Myra Juetten told The Independent on Thursday that finding out who killed her son Travis Juetten in a brutal stabbing attack in his home in Silverton, Oregon – and also catching the killer of the slain students in Idaho – would be “the best Christmas present ever”.
Back on August 13, 2021, Travis, 26, and his wife Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were woken at around 3am when a masked assailant broke into their home, entered their bedroom and stabbed them both multiple times with a knife.
This week, similarities were drawn between the knife attack on the young couple and the November 13 stabbing murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, 400 miles away in Moscow.
The Independent‘s Rachel Sharp has the story:
Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 18:43
Surviving roommate in Idaho University murders gets tribute tattoo
On Tuesday, the survivor posted a picture of her ink featuring angel wings and the victims’ initials — MKXE — on VSCO. The wings are reminiscent of a tattoo Mogen also had on the back of her arm.
The Independent has chosen not to name the woman to avoid undue speculation. Authorities have reiterated that the two surviving roommates are not considered suspects in the brutal stabbings and are not necessarily witnesses of the crime.
“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.
The Independent‘s Andrea Blanco has the story:
Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 18:20
Three missteps on the 10-day investigation, experts say
Experts have pointed out a series of missteps in the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students.
While the public and grieving families have grown frustrated over the lack of information being released and the conspiracy theories fueled by internet sleuths, respectively, a retired NYPD sergeant told Fox that Moscow Police have revealed plenty.
“Investigators have given out too much information,” Joseph Giacalone, a 20-year police veteran and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice told the network.
The Independent has the story:
Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 17:16
Moscow Police thanks community for support amid investigation
In light of Thanksgiving Day, the department posted a message on Facebook thanking locals for the outpouring of support as they continue to investigate the most high-profile murder in the college town’s history.
“We have received beautiful notes and letters of appreciation. Donations of amazing food, baked goods, and so much more. To our Moscow residents, we are humbled by the outpouring of support,” the post read.
Featured in the post were cards and letters from residents to the officers.
Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 16:30
Victims often ‘hosted parties’ in their off-campus rental home
Jeremy Reagan, a third-year law student who lives near the scene of the murders, told Fox News that the victims would often host self-contained gatherings and added that people went in and out of the house “pretty frequently.”
“There were parties that were kind of loud,” Mr. Reagan said.
“As I would take my dog in and out to go to the bathroom [and] I would see people in the windows almost every night, probably four or five nights a week … it was kind of a party house but then again this whole neighborhood is a party neighborhood.”
Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of forced entry into the six-bedroom home.
The Independent‘s Andrea Blanco has the story:
Andrea Blanco24 November 2022 15:28
From campus to club to crime scene: What happened in the Idaho murder victims’ final hours
It could have been anyone, in any US college town, on any Saturday night. That’s how typical the murdered students’ behavior was in Moscow, Idaho, just hours before they were brutally stabbed to death.
The University of Idaho campus had been busy that day, a sea of gold and silver as the Vandals prepared for a home game against the UC Davis Aggies in the 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome. It was 28 degrees at kickoff – the weather was listed as a daunting “ice fog” – but happy, loyal fans turned out; the Vandals’ 44-26 loss was disappointing but did not deter the students from preparing to hit the town.
Among them were five girls living in a three-bedroom rental home on King Road, just over a mile from the stadium and only two blocks from the edge of campus. Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen, both 21 and childhood best friends, were heading together to the bars downtown. Xana Kernodle, 20, was planning to hang out with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin. The girls’ two other female roommates would spend the night out, too.
The Independent‘s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Moscow about the victims’ final hours:
Rachel Sharp24 November 2022 14:50