MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students as they slept offered a new update Wednesday afternoon, but didn’t have much in the way of fresh information.
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Police said they still have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon, and they continued asking for tips and surveillance video, 10 days after the incident occurred.
Moscow Police Capt. Roger Lanier told a news conference his department is putting all of its resources into solving the case and that investigators are prepared to work through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Authorities gave no indication that they’re any closer to making an arrest, but they did stress that they continue processing forensic evidence gathered from the home where the students were killed.
“We continue moving forward to understand why this occurred in our community,” said Police Chief James Fry.
They reiterated they have looked extensively into information that one of the victims had a stalker and have not been able to verify it.
Investigators have pursued hundreds of pieces of information about Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker but haven’t been able to identify one, the Moscow Police Department said in a news release.
The killings shook the Idaho Panhandle town of 25,000 residents.
Anyone with information that could help detectives with the stalker tips are asked to contact Moscow police.
Police also said Tuesday that there’s been much conversation about how to describe the weapon used and that the type used in the attacks is believed to be a fix-blade knife.
The victims were Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho. The women were roommates, and Chapin was dating Kernodle.
Authorities have said they were each stabbed multiple times, and that some had defensive wounds.
Police have said evidence leads them to believe the students were targeted, but have repeatedly declined to give details.