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Idaho police find no link between student murders and Oregon stabbings – live

Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

Moscow police said they have found no viable evidence that the University of Idaho murders are linked to similar stabbings in Oregon a year before.

Authorities issued a statement on Friday that the August 2021 fatal stabbing of Travis Juettern, 26, in Salem, Oregon, is not believed to be linked to the killings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen.

“While these cases share similarities … there does not appear to be any evidence to support the cases are related,” the statement read.

This week, similarities were drawn between the knife attack on Juetten and his wife, who survived the violence, and the 13 November quadruple murders that took place at the victims’ off-campus rental home located 400 miles away in Moscow.

Juetten’s mother had told The Independent on Thursday she hoped investigators could get answers for all five slain victims.


Dog was found unharmed after polcie arrived at the scene

Idaho police have confirmed that an unharmed dog was found at the crime scene of the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students.

The Moscow Police Department released a statement on Monday saying that officers responding to the fatal stabbings at 1122 King Road on 13 November located a dog at the residence.

The pet was unharmed and turned over to Animal Service, police said. It has since been released to a “responsible party.”

The dog – Murphy – was shared by Kaylee Goncalves and her former long-term boyfriend.

It was not disclosed whether police believe that the killer, who is still at large, spared the dog’s life or never came into contact with it.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 17:52


Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin’s last movements

Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin spent the night of 12 November at a party at Sigma Chi.

The frat house is built into the hill and slopes upward, facing Nez Perce Drive, which winds through campus and passes the arboretum, just a short walk further uphill.

The grounds of the UI Arboretum and Botanical Garden back up onto Taylor Road, just a block from the girls’ house, which you have to cross to get to Sigma Chi.

Police have specifically asked for surveillance footage from areas around the highway and the arboretum.

Xana and Ethan returned to King Road around the same time as Kaylee and Maddie.

It is unclear where they were between 9pm and 1.45am.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 16:58


Prosecutor warns of potential lenghty investigation

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told the Daily Mail that Moscow Police do not have a viable suspect at this time.

‘I have heard nothing to indicate they have identified a viable suspect or heard evidence that could lead to a suspect,” he said.

It could very well be [a lengthy investigation] – I think that all depends on the answers they’re able to find.”

‘If they’re lucky, they will find answers for who is responsible for this and what happened quickly, or it could be they don’t get those answers quickly and have to keep digging.’

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 16:05


The Idaho murder mystery that’s stumped police

The university town of Moscow, Idaho, woke up on Monday with law enforcement everywhere, students scarce and answers still elusive in the frustrating – and terrifying – investigation into the vicious quadruple murder of four college kids.

The bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, were discovered around noon on Sunday 13 November.

All four had been brutally stabbed and were found on the second and third floors of a house just two blocks from the University of Idaho campus.

Chapin, a Sigma Chi fraternity member, was spending the night with his girlfriend, Kernodle; she and the other two victims lived with two more female roommates in the three-storey home on King Road.

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Moscow:

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 15:29


Revisiting the victims’ final hours

The University of Idaho had prepared for a home game against the UC Davis Aggies in the 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome on 12 November, unaware of the dark cloud that would linger over the town of just 25,000 for days to come, Sheila Flynn reports.

Sheila writes: “Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen, both 21 and childhood best friends, were heading together to the bars downtown. Xana Kernodle, 20, was planning to hang out with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin.”

Less than 12 hours later, they all had been killed.

The Independent has a detailed account of the victim’s final hours:

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 15:01


Likelihood of catching killer falls as time passes, finds analysis

The chances of catching a killer falls as time passes, according to a new analysis by The Washington Post.

The paper analysed 8,000 homicide arrests across 25 major US cities since 2007.

The analysis found that, in half of all cases, an arrest was made in 10 days or less. Two-thirds of arrests were made within one month and around 30 per cent within the first 48 hours.

However, the figures reveal a disheartening reality about identifying a killer more than one year on from the murder. Just five per cent of cases that remained unsolved after one year led to an arrest, the data shows.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 14:29


Several individuals ruled out as suspects

Nearly two weeks into the investigation, no arrests have been made and no suspects named.

Moscow police have ruled out several people as suspects in the grisly murders.

They have said that the two surviving housemates who were in the home at the time of the killings and the other friends who were in the home when the 911 call was made are not considered suspects at this time.

A man who was caught on camera with Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves at a food truck in the downtown area before they headed home and the private party who gave Mogen and Goncalves a ride home from the food truck have also been ruled out.

Goncalves’ former long-term boyfriend, with whom she shares a dog, is also not linked to the crime, police said.

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 13:59


Roommate honours victims with tattoo

One of the surviving roommates of the murdered victims has posted a picture of her ink featuring angel wings and the victims’ initials — MKXE — on VSCO.

The Independent has chosen not to name the woman to avoid undue speculation.

Authorities have reiterated that the two surviving roommates are not considered suspects in the brutal stabbings and are not necessarily witnesses of the crime.

The Independent’s Andrea Blanco has the story:

Andrea Blanco26 November 2022 13:31


Police believe only one of four students was ‘target’, says victim’s father

Moscow police believe that only one of the four University of Idaho students stabbed to death in an off-campus rental home was the intended “target” of the quadruple murders, according to the father of victim Kaylee Goncalves.

Ever since law enforcement made the grim discovery on 13 November, officials have described the attack as “targeted” but have refused to reveal what has led them to that conclusion.

“I’ve been told it’s one, but then again, there’s the bigness like it’s purposely big,” Steve Goncalves told CNN.

“I’m hoping, but it confuses everyone, yeah, because nobody knows what that really means other than maybe somebody had a different kind of attack footprint; so you know that’s… I feel like we just want some more. We all want to play a part in helping, and we can’t move if we don’t have any real substantial information.”

It is not clear who among Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin is believed to be the target and no motive is known at this time.

Police are continuing to explore claims that Goncalves had a stalker – a claim that they have not been able to verify or rule out yet.

Mr Goncalves voicded frustration that investigators are “not sharing much with me” and said that, when he asked about the stalker claims, he received little information.

“I mean I, yesterday I asked about the stalker question and they couldn’t confirm anything, and then today I hear that they’re reaching out to the community saying that there’s a stalker involved, so I don’t know…” he said.

“They’re just so vague with everything that they say and then they like slowly peel it back later layer until you like find the real story. It all started with a sharp edged weapon. What was the use in telling the community that a sharp edge weapon was used.”

Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 13:00


Theories swirl about ties to a third unsolved stabbing

Theories are now swirling that the murders of the four University of Idaho students could be tied to a third unsolved stabbing case.

This week, similarities were drawn between a 2021 knife attack on a young couple in Oregon and the 13 November stabbing murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, 400 miles away in Moscow.

Back on 13 August 2021, Travis Juetten, 26, and his wife Jamilyn Juetten, then 24, were woken at around 3am when a masked assailant broke into their home, entered their bedroom and stabbed them both multiple times with a knife.

Travis tried to fight off the attacker but was stabbed to death. Ms Juetten was stabbed 19 times but miraculously survived, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said at the time.

Despite Travis’ family putting up a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer, 15 months on, the case remains unsolved.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry was asked about a potential link between the two cases.

He confirmed that the Oregon killing is on their radar in Idaho and that investigators are probing a possible tie.

Now, a local outlet has pointed to similarities to a third unsolved stabbing murder.

The Idaho Tribune reported that Sandra Ladd, 71, was found stabbed to death in her home in Washougal, Washington, on 14 June 2020.

She had also suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso. No suspects have been identified.

Investigators in Moscow have not said that they are exploring a link between this case and the other two.

Rachel Sharp26 November 2022 12:00

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