Idaho student killings: Law enforcement trying to ‘speed it all up’ in search of suspect, prosecutor says

An Idaho prosecutor told reporters on Saturday that law enforcement was trying to “expedite everything” that could eventually lead to a suspect in the stabbing of four University of Idaho students.

Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death early Sunday morning between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. at a home in Moscow, Idaho, near the college campus, according to the Moscow Police Department.

The victims were likely sleeping when they were stabbed multiple times, police said in a news release on Friday.

“The coroner said all four victims were likely asleep, some had defensive wounds and each had been stabbed multiple times. There were no signs of sexual assault,” Moscow police said.

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Local District Attorney Bill Thompson with others.
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Latah County District Attorney Bill Thompson and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit entered the home where the victims were killed on Saturday.

When asked by a reporter if they were expediting “forensic testing of seized items,” Thompson said they were doing everything to possibly identify a suspect.

“We’re trying to expedite anything that could eventually lead to a suspect,” Thompson said.

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Thompson also said he “wished we had more answers,” adding that he wanted to help.

“It’s difficult for everyone. Any time there is loss of life like this, especially young people like that, it’s horrible. And it’s going to affect the community,” Thompson said.

At the time of Sunday’s attack, there were two other housemates inside the residence, but police do not consider them suspects.

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Shortly before the attack, Mogen and Goncalves were seen at the Grub Wandering Kitchen food truck. The two men were driven home by a “private party”, police said, but did not say whether the women knew the driver.

After initially describing the incident as an “isolated and targeted attack” with “no imminent threat to the community as a whole”, Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry changed his tune at a conference of press Wednesday evening.

“We don’t have any suspects at this time, and we can’t say there isn’t a threat to the community,” Fry said. “There’s a threat out there, maybe.”

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Ethan Chapin, 20, students from the University of Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Gonçalves, 21.
(Jazzmin Kernodle via AP/Instagram/ @kayleegoncalves)

“We have to be vigilant,” Fry said. “We have to be careful of our neighbours.”

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.