The Moscow Police Department has recognised a number of “patterns” during the course of the inquiry into the deaths of four students, which has led them to search through more than 22,000 white cars in the hopes of finding the one they are seeking for.
Ethan Chapin, 20, from Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, from Coeur d’Alene; Xana Kernodle, 20, from Post Falls; and Kaylee GonCalves, 21, from Rathdrum — were all pronounced dead on November 13 after being stabbed at a house on King Road, near the University of Idaho campus. It has been more than a month since the incident. Find out what else we have learned thus far in the post that follows.
The Idaho Murder Case
The Moscow Police Department responded to a complaint of an unconscious person at 1122 King Road in Moscow on Sunday, November 13 at 11:58 a.m. Officers responded to the area and found four University of Idaho students’ dead bodies. Four days later, autopsies were performed, and they determined that all four of the fatalities were homicides by stabbing. The initial report from the Latah County Coroner also mentioned that it was likely that all four victims were asleep, that each had been stabbed numerous times, and that some had defensive wounds.
There were no indications of sexual assault either. It was eventually discovered that both Kaylee and Madison called a male repeatedly after getting home. It is not thought that the man Kaylee and Madison were calling is a suspect. The surviving roommates reportedly called friends to the house when they woke up on November 13 because they thought one of the victims on the second floor had passed out and was not waking up.
On one of the surviving roommates’ cell phone, a 911 call for an unconscious person was placed from within the house at 11:58 a.m. Several persons apparently spoke with the 911 dispatcher before the police arrived. When the police got on the scene, they went inside the house and discovered two victims on the second level and two casualties on the third.
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Police Started Seeing Patterns
According to a video that was uploaded by the Moscow Police Department on Thursday, Captain Roger Lanier of the MPD stated that these patterns within the investigation developed into pleading with the public for information on a white Hyundai Elantra that was manufactured between 2011 and 2013, but its licence plate was unknown.
During the early morning hours of November 13, the police are looking to speak with the occupants of the car that they stated was in the near neighbourhood of the King Road residence. They are looking to speak with the occupants of the car. The investigation team is currently working their way through the 22,000 Hyundai Elantras that meet the parameters for their search.
More than 6000 Tips Received
Over 6,000 tips that were submitted during the course of the inquiry are now being processed by the investigators. Snell stated, “We have great information that we are working on. A 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra was seen “in the immediate region” of the off-campus residence where the students were fatally stabbed in the early hours of November 13, according to the Moscow Police Department on Wednesday. The police got thousands of tips about the case, which has shocked the small college town of Moscow, Idaho, and provided information on the car.
According to the police statement, which noted that the car had an unknown licence plate, “investigators think the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have crucial information to provide regarding this case.” The Latah County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho State Police, and the FBI, which has delegated more than 40 agents to the case across the US, are working with the Moscow Police Department to support the investigation.
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Families Received the Belongings
On Wednesday, the police started the process of giving some of the victims’ things back to their relatives who had been affected by the tragedy. “It’s time for us to give those things back that actually mean something to those families and maybe to help with some of their recovery,” Chief James Fry said in a brief video address on Tuesday.
“Those things” refer to the items that were taken from the homes of victims of the recent shooting. “I’m a dad, so I understand the meaning behind some of those things,” Fry said. “I understand the purpose behind some of those things.” According to the department’s statement, the items that are being taken are “no longer needed for the inquiry.”
FBI Seeks More Information
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is still looking for information regarding a white 2011–2013 Hyundai Elantra. On December 7, the investigative agency released photographs of a stock Hyundai Elantra from 2011 to 2013. Along with the photographs, the detectives stated that they were interested in speaking with the occupant(s) of a white 2011-13 Hyundai Elantra with an unknown licence plate. This came about because tips and leads led investigators to seek additional information about the vehicle being in the immediate area of the residence during the early morning hours of November 13, when the murders occurred.