Police looking for ‘stalker’ in University of Idaho murders

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Police looking for 'stalker' in University of Idaho murders

Police ruled out a slew of suspects in the deaths of the four University of Idaho students brutally murdered in their own home, but are still looking into claims one of them may have had a stalker.

Idaho State Police said during the course of their interviews they’d learned Kaylee Goncalves had made comments about a potential stalker.

Although they had investigated those charges thoroughly and not been able to corroborate them, Colonel Kedrick Willis of the Idaho State Police warned: “We are not done looking into that piece of information.”

Kaylee, who was 21, was stabbed to death alongside Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21 in the early hours of Nov. 13 in their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho.

Police said all four of them were likely sleeping at the time on the second and thrid floors of the house. Two of their roommates and a dog belonging to one of the roommates were spared by the killer.

Captain Roger Lanier said that the Moscow police do not believe the surviving roommates were involved in the murder. He also ruled out Kaylee’s ex-boyfriend Jack DeCoeur as a suspect.

Lanier also repeated that a man seen in security footage near the victims at a food truck on the night they died has also been ruled out.

Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right.
Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right, were each murdered.
Captain Roger Lanier
Captain Roger Lanier speaks during a press conference on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.

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A police officer guards the off-campus home.

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An investigator outside the home.

Authorities have yet to name a suspect or motive for early morning slayings. Lanier said detectives are still looking for the fixed blade knife used in the killings.

Colonel Kedrick Willis of the Idaho State Police
Colonel Kedrick Willis of the Idaho State Police said they have taken over 4,000 pictures of the crime scene.

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Authorities have yet to name a suspect in the grisly slayings.

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Roommates at home during the murders have been ruled out as suspects, according to authorities.

He also clarified the FBI have dedicated 22 agents in Moscow and a further 20 further afield, as well as two profilers, and that Idaho state police have also put 20 investigators on the case.

Colonel Kedrick Willis of the Idaho State Police said they have collected 103 individual pieces of evidence and taken 4,000 photographs at the crime scene.

The police have also ruled out anyone who spoke to the dispatcher when the 911 call was made around Midday on November 13 — after it emerged the surviving roommates had been joined by friends at the property before police arrived.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates

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