University of Idaho murders: Clarity on housemates, victims

On Saturday night, Moscow Police said the 911 call was made from inside the residence on the phone of one of the roommates, shortly before officers arrived.

MOSCOW, Idaho — Saturday night, Moscow Police said the 911 call was made from inside the residence on the phone of one of the roommates, shortly before officers arrived.

According to a press release sent on Friday, the Moscow Police (MPD) said there were no victims of sexual assault, each of them had been stabbed multiple times, some had self-defense wounds and most likely they were sleeping when attacked. Moscow police previously said the killing was “isolated” and “targeted”.

Ethan Chapin, 20 years old, from Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21 years old, from Coeur d’Alene; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, and Kaylee GonCalves, 21, of Rathdrum — were both pronounced dead at noon on Sunday, November 13, the Latah County Coroner announced Tuesday Five, after a 911 caller reported an unconscious person — who later turned out to be one of four victims, Idaho State Police confirmed. Chapin and Kernodle are dating, according to Instagram. Police did not reveal the identity of the 911 caller and could not say where the victims were found. No sign of forced entry.

According to Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt, bed sheets were taken for testing. Mabutt said she couldn’t talk about defensive injuries or specific time of death, but that all the victims could have been killed with the same knife – if it wasn’t the same knife, then it must be a very similar knife, she said.

Police said Chapin and Kernodle attended a fraternity party at Sigma Chi, located on 735 Nez Perce Dr. from 8-9pm on November 12th.

GonCalves and Mogen were at Corner Club, a downtown Moscow bar located on 202 North Main St. from 10 p.m. on Nov. 12 to 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 13. Then the two headed to Grub Truck, a mac and cheese food truck near bars, around 1:45 a.m. The woman, seen on the food truck video stream just hours before they were killed, was ordering food and looking very happy. They were then brought home from a private party, the statement said.

Additionally, the press release says the two surviving roommates who were at home at the time of the attack, unharmed, are not believed to be involved in the crime – and the man wearing White hoodies are seen around the two victims, Mogen and GonCalves, in the food truck video.

No suspects have been detained yet and the murder weapon has not been found, the statement said. It also clarified that online rumors about victims being tied up and gagged are untrue.

Detectives also seized belongings from three trash cans off King Road as possible evidence and scoured the city looking for any knife purchases made around the day of the murder.

The statement said the police had received nearly 500 reports, which are currently being investigated and handled. Nearly 38 interviews were also conducted with people who may have information about the murders.

As everyone leaves for the fall break, ISP Communications Director Aaron Snell says it may prolong the investigation — but “the interviews will take place no matter where the student is.”

Additionally, the statement said four detectives, 24 patrol officers and five MPD support staff are working on the case. 22 FBI investigators are currently in Moscow, along with 20 designated agents from Treasure Valley, Salt Lake City, Utah and West Virginia; and two members of the Behavior Analysis Unit.

“We are making progress in handling leads,” says Snell.

Snell told KTVB late Friday that the Behavioral Analysis Unit is creating a profile on the suspected killer, but it may not be made public unless further clues are needed.

The Idaho State Police also has 20 investigators, 15 service members, a Public Information Officer, a forensic services team, and 15 uniformed military personnel assigned to the case.

A map was provided of the whereabouts of the victims prior to the murder.

A source who lived in the murder home for three years in 2012 and attends the University of Idaho, and is anonymous for safety reasons, told KTVB that there are two bedrooms on each floor of the three-story home. floors, and a sliding door leads to the back.

The source said, about 20 feet from the sliding door, near the kitchen, is a bedroom, stairs to the third floor are nearby. Sliding doors lead to a backyard that retreats into the backcountry.

He said it would be difficult to hear anything from the bottom floor. The source said that during the time he lived there, roommates downstairs used to party or play loud music on the second floor towards the back of the house.

“So many memories in that house are now ruins. It struck near home, the source said.

Anyone with information about this crime or tips on the victim’s whereabouts, or about a suspicious person in the area, please call 208-883-7180 ​​or email

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