Video shows mystery man with murdered Idaho students
Questions are raised about a possible connection between the quadruple murder of four University of Idaho students and a 2021 stabbing murder in Salem, Oregon, which also remains unsolved.
In both cases, an attacker broke into a house around 3 a.m. and attacked victims in their beds with a knife while other people were in the house.
Asked about the matter at a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow police chief James Fry confirmed that he had received a tip and that there are “things we are going to follow up on”.
That is what the mother of the man who died in the attack 15 months ago said TSTIME that finding out who killed her son and also catching the killer of the slain students in Idaho would be “the best Christmas gift ever.”
Frustration mounts over the investigation into the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, as no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified 11 days after the brutal stabbings.
The four students were all stabbed to death in an off-campus home on November 13 while their other two roommates slept.
The housemates, Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend, the person who gave Goncalves and Mogen a ride home, and a man who was with them at a food truck have all been ruled out as suspects.
Surviving roommate in Idaho University murders gets tribute tattoo
On Tuesday, the survivor posted a photo of her ink with angel wings and the victims’ initials – MKXE – to VSCO. The wings are reminiscent of a tattoo Mogen also had on the back of her arm.
TSTIME has chosen not to name the woman to avoid unnecessary speculation. Authorities have reiterated that the two surviving roommates are not considered suspects in the brutal stabbings and are not necessarily witnesses to the crime.
“Maddie Kaylee Xana Ethan -MKXE- Love You Always and Forever,” she captioned the photo of the tattoo, which also featured another person with the same art – it’s unclear if it’s the second surviving roommate.
TSTIME‘s Andrea Blanco has the story:
Andrew BlancoNov 24, 2022 6:20 PM
Three missteps in the 10-day study, experts say
Experts have pointed to a series of missteps in the investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students.
While the public and grieving families have grown frustrated with, respectively, the lack of information being released and the conspiracy theories being fueled by Internet sleuths, a retired NYPD sergeant told TSTIME that Moscow police have revealed a lot.
“Detectives have provided too much information,” Joseph Giacalone, a 20-year police veteran and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the network.
TSTIME has the story:
Andrew BlancoNov 24, 2022 5:16 PM
Moscow Police thanks the community for the support during the investigation
In light of Thanksgiving Day, the department posted a message on Facebook thanking locals for their support as they continue to investigate the most high-profile murder in college town history.
“We have received beautiful letters and letters of thanks. Donations of amazing food, pastries and much more. For our residents of Moscow, we are humbled by the messages of support,” the post said.
The mail contained cards and letters from residents to the police.
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 4:30 PM
Victims often hosted off-campus parties in their rental home
Jeremy Reagan, a third-year law student who lives near the scene of the murders, told TSTIME News that the victims often organized stand-alone gatherings, adding that people were going in and out of the house “quite often.”
“There were parties that were quite noisy,” Reagan said.
“Like I would take my dog in and out to go to the bathroom [and] I used to see people in the windows almost every night, probably four or five nights a week… it was kind of a party house, but then again this whole neighborhood is a party place.
Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of a break-in at the six-bedroom house.
TSTIME‘s Andrea Blanco has the story:
Andrew BlancoNov 24, 2022 3:28 PM
From campus to club to crime scene: what happened in the final hours of the Idaho murder victims
It could have been anyone, in any American college town, on any Saturday night. Such was the behavior of the murdered students in Moscow, Idaho, just hours before they were brutally stabbed to death.
The University of Idaho campus had been busy that day, a sea of gold and silver as the Vandals prepared for a home game against the UC Davis Aggies at the 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome. It was 28 degrees at kick-off – the weather was described as a terrifying “ice fog” – but happy, loyal fans showed up; the Vandals’ 44-26 loss was disappointing, but didn’t stop the students from preparing to take the city.
They included five girls who lived in a three-bedroom rental on King Road, just over a mile from the stadium and just two blocks from the edge of campus. Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen, both 21 and childhood best friends, hit the bars downtown together. Xana Kernodle, 20, planned to hang out with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin. The girls’ two other female roommates would also spend the night.
TSTIMESheila Flynn reports from the ground in Moscow on the victims’ final hours:
Rachel SharpNovember 24, 2022 2:50 PM
Idaho student murders may be linked to stabbing a year earlier and 400 miles away, police reveal
Investigators in Moscow are investigating the possibility that the quadruple murder of four University of Idaho students may be linked to an unsolved 2021 stabbing murder 400 miles away in Oregon.
On Aug. 13, 2021, a couple was attacked at their Salem, Oregon home by a masked assailant who broke in armed with a knife, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said at the time.
Travis Juetten, 26, and Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were awakened around 3am when the mysterious assailant entered their bedroom and stabbed them both multiple times.
Mr. Juetten tried to fight off the attacker, but was stabbed to death. Mrs. Juetten was stabbed 19 times during the attack, but miraculously survived.
TSTIME‘s Rachel Sharp has the full story:
Rachel SharpNovember 24, 2022 2:30 PM
The police are defending their handling of the case
Police in Moscow tried to defend their handling of the case at a press conference on Wednesday — despite there being no arrests and no suspects 10 days after the investigation began.
Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Willis said he understands the frustration over the lack of information in the case, but emphasized that work is being done “behind the scenes” and they need to protect the investigation.
“We understand that you want answers. We also want answers. But these take time,” he said.
“We feel we owe this to the surviving families to get this right. We are not willing to sacrifice speed for quality. We collected 103 pieces of evidence, we took about 4,000 photos, we made 3D scans of the home, we processed more than 1,000 tips in total and conducted 150 interviews.”
He added: “I hope this gives an impression of how complex this research is. We ask that you be patient as this investigation unfolds.”
Rachel SharpNov 24, 2022 2:10 PM
Terror grips college town Idaho after quadruple murder
Parents are ordering deadbolts, teenagers are asking for guns and Moscow streets are empty.
A killer – or killers – is on the loose ten days after four students were murdered in their beds.
Local residents reveal how fear deepens over time with no arrests and little information from the police.
TSTIMESheila Flynn reveals all in this special report from the ground in Moscow, Idaho:
Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho city after murders
Parents are ordering deadbolts, teenagers are asking for guns and Moscow streets are empty. A killer – or killers – is on the loose ten days after four students were murdered in their beds. Local residents tell Sheila Flynn how fear grows as time passes with no arrests and little information from the police
Rachel SharpNov 24, 2022 1:50 PM
Frustration mounts as police remain dumbfounded on a case-by-case basis
Frustration mounts against the local authorities investigating the murders, as they seem stunned by the case and continue to withhold important details about the murders.
On Wednesday, Moscow police gave its third press conference on the high-profile unsolved case in 11 days.
In it, they released few new details, simply repeating people who had been ruled out as suspects and saying they were still investigating the theory that Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker.
They also declined to say why they think the killings were targeted – instead telling the terrified community to “trust us”.
“You’re going to have to rely on that at this point because we’re not going to disclose why we think that,” said Roger Lanier, Moscow police chief.
Rachel SharpNovember 24, 2022 1:30 PM
Who have the police ruled out as suspects?
Eleven days after the investigation began, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.
However, police have ruled out several people as suspects in the gruesome murders. They are:
– The two surviving housemates who were in the house at the time of the murders.
– The man caught on camera with Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves at a downtown food truck before heading home.
– The person who gave Mogen and Goncalves a ride home from the food truck.
– Goncalves’ former long-term boyfriend, with whom she shares a dog.
Rachel SharpNov 24, 2022 1:10 PM