Idaho law enforcement officials overseeing the violent murders of four local university students 10 days ago are asking the public for patience as they sift through over 1,000 tips and thousands of photos, in addition to over 100 pieces of evidence, authorities said Wednesday.
“We all want to understand why this happened and what drove someone to do this,” Moscow, Idaho, Police Chief James Fry told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and 21-year-old Madison Mogen were stabbed several times and killed in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, officials have said. Police have not identified any suspects.
Moscow police received a call shortly before noon on Nov. 13 for a report of an “unconscious person” at the King Road home. Several other people had gathered at the crime scene by the time police arrived, officials said.
According to police, the 911 call “originated from inside the residence,” and came from one of the surviving roommates’ cell phones. Police said several people spoke to the dispatcher before officers arrived.
Investigators have determined all four were likely stabbed in their sleep sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., after they had returned home from a night out. Some of the victims appeared to have tried to defend themselves.
All four victims are believed to have been killed using a single “fix-blade knife,” which has not yet been recovered.
Two other roommates were inside the home, on the bottom floor, at the time of the murders, but were uninjured.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills said he understood the public wants answers, but said “these take time.”
After the police department’s initial response to the scene, investigators and a forensics team were brought in to process the scene for any possible evidence, Wills said.
“We’re collecting biological evidence, we’re collecting latent evidence — whether it’s shoe…