A detective story without leads, a massacre without a reason. Ten days after the murder of four students, stabbed on the University of Idaho campus while they were sleeping, investigators have no leads, or suspects. Thousands of reports to State Police Chief Kedrick Wills have not led to a breakthrough in the investigation.
The atrocious end of Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, found dead on November 13, is a mystery. The police have launched a new call for information that can be useful to be provided, even anonymously on a helpline or on the police’s online portal. “No detail is too small”, said James Fry, police chief of Moscow, the city where the university is located “So far – he added – the reports have helped to define an area of interest and relationships that the four victims they had with each other and with our community”.
The police are groping in the dark: they communicated not only that they have not identified any suspects, but also that they have not determined whether there was more than one assailant in the gruesome attack. The victims would not have been chosen at random, the investigators would be convinced of this. But it was not possible to go further. There are forty-five people at work, including detectives and agents. Neither the man Mogen and Gonvales were seen talking to on surveillance video that night nor the “private party” driver who drove them home are believed to be involved in the quadruple homicide. Mogen and Goncalves both made “multiple phone calls” to a third man – who did not answer – for around an hour after he returned home at around 1.45am. Police told the Moscow-Pullman Daily Newsthe town’s local newspaper, which was also ruled out as a suspect.
The father of one of the victims, Steve Goncalves, tells the Cnn: “We want to lend a hand, but we can’t do it if we don’t have a minimum of information to start from”. “Kaylee-added her sister, Alivea-was very cautious, extremely conscientious. I’m sure she had noticed something strange”. The massacre of the students, some of whom were found skinned, wreaked havoc on the campus of 9,300 students. One of them told media flocks from across the nation that he has no intention of returning to the dormitory until the case is solved. He is groping in the dark, with the most atrocious suspicion: the killer, or killers, could be confused among the students. THEThe coroner said all four were stabbed with unprecedented violence several times and were probably asleep when the attacks began. Some had defense wounds, but there were no signs of sexual assault and nothing appears to be missing from the university residence.
Mogen, Kernodle and Goncalves lived in the six-bedroom house, along with two other housemates who were present during the attack but were unharmed. The police cleared them as suspects. Chapin, who had been dating Kernoodle, had stayed over there.