Police Looking Into Tips Claiming One Of University Of Idaho Victims Had A Stalker, But Can’t Verify
Four University of Idaho students were found dead Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. Police are investigating the deaths as a crime.
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Police in Moscow, Idaho, said Tuesday that they have received “hundreds of pieces of information” relating to claims that one of the four university students found murdered had a stalker.

The investigators, however, have “not been able to verify or identify a stalker” relating to victim Kaylee Goncalves, 21. Still, police are asking the public for any additional information that can help in the investigation, according to a press release.

In addition, police on Tuesday cleared up confusion surrounding the type of weapon used to kill the four victims, saying the type of knife believed to have been used to kill the college students was a “fix-blade knife.” Police have still not recovered the weapon.

Police responded to a call around noon on November 13 about an unconscious person at an off-campus residence. When they arrived, they found four University of Idaho students murdered: Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21.

Police have also said they do not believe that the two surviving roommates – who apparently did not hear the killings take place – are involved in the crime. They also do not believe a man observed in surveillance video outside a food truck visited by Goncalves and Mogen the night of the murder was involved, nor was a driver who drove the women home.

On Sunday, police provided more information about the killings and asked the public for “context to the events and people involved in these murders.”

“Anyone who observed notable behavior, has video surveillance, or can provide relevant information is asked to call the Tip Line,” police said in a press release.

Police are looking for any outside surveillance video taken between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on November 13 – the morning of the murders – from local businesses and residences in the area. They’ve requested all video, even if there doesn’t appear to be any motion in them. Police are also asking for any tips or surveillance video about “any observed suspicious behavior” on the night of the murders, particularly in the areas where the students were.

Goncalves and Mogen were in downtown Moscow prior to their murders, while Chapin and Kernodle were at the Sigma Chi fraternity house.

The police also clarified that the 911 call about an unconscious person was made from inside the residence on one of the surviving roommates’ cell phones. Several people spoke with the 911 dispatcher before a police officer arrived on the scene, and at this time, police do not believe anyone who was at the residence at the time the 911 call was made is involved in the crime.

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