Police have no suspects in custody a week after four University of Idaho students were murdered while sleeping in their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, on Nov. 13, authorities announced Sunday.
The community “must be prepared for a lengthy investigation,” University of Idaho President Scott Green told reporters during the press conference.
While few questions have been answered after students Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; and Madison Mogen, 21, were stabbed to death in their beds between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. last Sunday, police have cleared several people as suspects in the case.
“We do not believe the following individuals are involved in this crime,” Moscow Police Department Cpt. Roger Lanier told reporters on Sunday. “The two surviving roommates; a male seen at the Grubb Truck food vendor downtown, specifically wearing a white hoodie; [and] a private party who provided rides home to Kaylee and Madison in the early morning hour of November 13th.”
Lanider added that the “identity of the 911 caller and the 911 call have not been released,” but police did clarify later that the 911 caller was not the perpetrator.
Additionally, investigators are aware that Mogen and Goncalves made multiple phone calls to a male subject just before they were murdered but said they have reviewed and cleared those phone calls.
Authorities have not ruled out the possibilities of multiple potential suspects or suspects who may have been unknown to the victims.
Idaho police stood by their Tuesday statement describing the murders as “an isolated, targeted attack.”
“We believe they were targeted because of the totality of circumstances we’re looking at,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Sunday. “Not able to say if one person was being targeted.”
The four victims were close friends and all part of Greek life on campus.
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