Idaho murders latest: Moscow police probe potential tie to unsolved 2021 Salem Oregon stabbing

Video shows mystery man with slain Idaho students

Questions are mounting about a potential link between the quadruple murders of four University of Idaho students and a 2021 stabbing murder in Salem, Oregon, which also remains unsolved.

Both cases involved an assailant breaking into a home at around 3am in the morning and attacking victims in their beds with a knife while other people were in the house.

When asked about the case in a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry confirmed he had received a tip and that there is “stuff that we are going to follow up on”.

Frustration is mounting over the investigation into the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, as 11 days on from the brutal stabbing deaths no arrests have been made and no suspects identified.

The four students were all stabbed to death in an off-campus home on 13 November while their two other roommates slept.

The housemates, Goncalves’s former 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.

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From campus to club to crime scene: What happened in the Idaho murder victims’ final hours

It could have been anyone, in any US college town, on any Saturday night. That’s how typical the murdered students’ behaviour was 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 in the 16,000-seat Kibbie Dome. It was 28 degrees at kickoff – the weather was listed as a daunting “ice fog” – but happy, loyal fans turned out; the Vandals’ 44-26 loss was disappointing but did not deter the students from preparing to hit the town.

Among them were five girls living in a three-bedroom rental home on King Road, just over a mile from the stadium and only two blocks from the edge of campus. Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen, both 21 and childhood best friends, were heading together to the bars downtown. Xana Kernodle, 20, was planning to hang out with her boyfriend, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin. The girls’ two other female roommates would spend the night out, also.

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Moscow about the victims’ final hours:

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Idaho student murders may be linked to stabbing a year earlier and 400 miles away, police reveal

Investigators in Moscow are exploring the possibility that the quadruple murders of four University of Idaho students may be connected to a 2021 unsolved stabbing murder 400 miles away in Oregon.

Back on 13 August 2021, a couple was attacked in their home in Salem, Oregon, 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 woken at around 3am in the morning when the mystery attacker entered their bedroom and stabbed them both multiple times.

Mr Juetten tried to fight off the attacker but was stabbed to death. Ms Juetten was stabbed 19 times in the attack but miraculously survived.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

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Police defend their handling of case

Police in Moscow tried to defend their handling of the case in a press conference on Wednesday – despite having no arrests and no suspects 10 days in to the investigation.

Idaho State police colonel Kedrick Willis said he understands the frustration over the lack of information in the case but insisted that work is going on “behind the scenes” and that they need to protect the investigation.

“We understand you want answers. We want answers too. But these take time,” he said.

“We believe we owe this to the surviving families to get this right. We’re not willing to sacrifice speed for quality. We collected 103 pieces of evidence, we took approximately 4,000 photographs, we’ve conducted 3D scans of the residence, we’ve processed over 1,000 total tips and conducted 150 interviews.”

He added: “I hope that gives a perception of just how complex this investigation is. We ask you to please remain patient as this investigation unfolds.”

Rachel Sharp24 November 2022 14:10

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Terror grips Idaho college town after quadruple murder

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow.

There is a killer – or killers – on the loose, ten days after four college students were murdered in their beds.

Locals reveal how fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police.

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reveals all in this special report from on the ground in Moscow, Idaho:

Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho town after murders

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow. There is a killer – or killers – on the loose, ten days after four college students were murdered in their beds. Locals tell Sheila Flynn how fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police

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Frustration mounts as police remain stumped by case

Frustration is mounting against the local authorities investigating the murders as they appear to be stumped by the case and continue to withhold key details about the killings.

On Wednesday, Moscow Police gave what is only the third press conference about the high-profile unsolved case in 11 days.

In it, they released few new details, simply reiterating people who have been ruled out as suspects and saying that they were still looking into the theory that Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker.

They also refused to say why they believe the murders were targeted – instead telling the terrified community to “trust us”.

“You’re going to have to trust on that at this point because we are not going to release why we think that,” said Moscow Police Department captain Roger Lanier.

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Who have police ruled out as suspects?

Eleven days into the investigation, no arrests have been made and no suspects named.

However, police have ruled out several people as suspects in the grisly murders. They are:

– The two surviving housemates who were in the home at the time of the killings.

– The man who was caught on camera with Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves at a food truck in the downtown area before they headed 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.

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Idaho police unable to confirm reports that victim had a stalker

The Moscow Police Department have been unable to confirm reports that murder victim Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker.

Kaylee, 21, was found brutally stabbed to death on 13 November along with her roommates Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Xana’s visiting boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20.

Despite “looking extensively” into concerns raised by people who knew Goncalves that she had complained about a stalker, police were unable to confirm those reports, the department said during a press conference on Wednesday.

“We obtained information through some of our interviews that Kaylee had made some comments about having a stalker, so that’s where that came from,” Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier said.

The Independent’s Sheila Flynn reports from on the ground in Moscow, Idaho:

Rachel Sharp24 November 2022 12:50

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Surviving housemate gets tattoo in tribute of slain friends

One of the housemates who survived the horror quadruple murders in Moscow, Idaho, has revealed that she has gotten a new tattoo paying tribute to her slain friends.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, were stabbed to death in an off-campus home that the three women shared in Moscow back on 13 November.

Two other roommates were home at the time of the murders but were left unharmed.

Police said they were in the first floor of the house and are believed to have slept through the attack. The housemates, two other female University of Idaho students, have been ruled out as suspects.

One of the surviving housemate shared a photo of a new tattoo on her arm on her VCSO account this week.

The tattoo features anglel wings and the initials of her four murdered friends: “MKXE”.

The arm of a second person is also in the photo with the same tattoo.

The tattoo in tribute to the four victims

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Rachel Sharp24 November 2022 12:30

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Questions mount about potential link to a 2021 unsolved stabbing murder

Questions are mounting as to whether the quadruple murders of the four University of Idaho students may be connected to a 2021 unsolved stabbing murder in Oregon.

Back on 13 August 2021, two victims were attacked in their home in Salem, Oregon, by an assailant who broke in armed with a knife.

Travis and Jamilyn Juetten woke at around 3am in the morning and were attacked by the suspect.

Mr Juetten tried to fight off the attacker but was stabbed to death.

Ms Juetten was stabbed 19 times in the attack but survived.

More than one year on, the case remains unsolved with similarities being drawn between the stabbing murder and the slayings of the four students on 13 November in Moscow, Idaho. Both cases involve a suspect armed with a knife breaking into a home at around 3am and attacking victims in their beds.

During a press conference on Wednesday, a reporter asked whether Moscow police were exploring a possible connection between the two cases.

Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry confirmed that he was aware of the 2021 case and that investigators had received a tip about it.

“We’re looking at every avenue and we have other agencies reaching out to us with other cases, stuff that we are going to follow up on,” he said.

The two cases have not been officially connected by law enforcement.

Rachel Sharp24 November 2022 12:10

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Police retrace victims’ final steps before murders

During a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21.

Officials believe the students were killed sometime between 3am and 4am on 13 November after arriving home before 2am.

Two surviving victims are believed to have been around 1am. Law enforcement was called to the home on King Road at 11.58am on Sunday after a 911 call came in alerting them to “an unconscious individual”.

The call, which police said will not be released at this time, was made from the cellphone of one of the surviving roommates.

Authorities have since revealed that all four victims were stabbed to death in their sleep.

The murder weapon has not been recovered.

The Independent’s Io Dodds and Rachel Sharp have the timeline of the events:

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