On Wednesday, authorities revealed that there were two roommates inside the home where four University of Idaho students were murdered, but that there was no 911 call made until several hours later.
James Fry, Chief of Police of the City of Moscow, said that the two roommates were also home when police responded to a call of an unconscious person and discovered the gory scene that they described as “the worst they’ve ever seen.”
This revelation came during a press conference held by police and school officials, during which Fry also discussed the concern that members of the community should have about an ongoing threat.
Authorities originally said the public was not in danger following the quadruple homicide, but during the conference, Fry warned, “We cannot say that there is no threat to the community and as we have stated, please stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”
He did maintain that police believe the slayings were an isolated and targeted attack, however, and said police were still seeking a suspect or suspects responsible for the gruesome scene. A murder weapon or motive has not been found, and there was no sign of forced entry, though Fry noted investigators aren’t sure if the door was left unlocked.
The murders of Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, rocked the school community as many students vacated campus before the beginning of Thanksgiving break.
Fry said the FBI and state police are assisting in the probe, which includes at least 25 investigators.
After the press conference, an Idaho State Police spokesperson said that the two roommates are female and are not considered suspects. They were uninjured and are cooperating with investigators.
During the press conference, Fry clarified the two roommates were not necessarily witnesses to the crime, but were inside the six-bedroom home. He wasn’t sure why the 911 call about the unconscious person wasn’t made until noon that day.
He also declined to say if either roommate called 911 and didn’t divulge further information.
“We are looking at everyone, every tip we get, every lead we get, there’s no one that we’re not gonna talk to,” Fry said. “There’s no one that we’re not gonna interview, there’s no one that we’re not gonna look into.”
Fry said Chapin and Kernodle were at a campus party, while Mogen and Goncalves were at a downtown bar. All of them arrived home after 1:45 a.m. on Sunday.
The press conference comes amid rising criticism of police and the university as they have withheld many details about the tragic case.
Chapin’s father, Jim Chapin, said in a statement that silence from officials “further compounds our family’s agony.”
“There is a lack of information from the University of Idaho and the local police, which only fuels false rumors and innuendo in the press and social media,” Jim Chapin said in a statement to Fox News. “The silence further compounds our family’s agony after our son’s murder. For Ethan and his three dear friends slain in Moscow, Idaho, and all of our families, I urge officials to speak the truth, share what they know, find the assailant, and protect the greater community.”
A sister of Goncalves told students to leave “until this sicko is found.”
“To the students of the University of Idaho that are still staying around campus, leave. Your grades are severely less important than your lives,” Aubrie Goncalves posted on Instagram. “I wish all the students of U of I safety and peace. You guys are not safe until this sicko is found. If the person who did this is capable of killing four innocent people, they are capable of killing more.”
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