Idaho Murder Mystery Update: Cop Says He Found Glove Outside Off-Campus Home Missed During Initial Sweep of Crime Scene
It has been more than four weeks since four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death in a shared house near the campus and police still have not identified a suspect.
The four deceased students were identified as 20-year-old Ethan Chapin of Conway, Washington; 21-year-old Madison Mogen of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; 20-year-old Xana Kernodle of Avondale, Arizona; and 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves of Rathdrum, Idaho.
The two surviving female roommates, who were on the 1st floor/basement floor and slept through the murders, were identified: Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke.
Thousands of tips have poured in since police said they are searching for a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was spotted near the home on the night of the quadruple murders.
stock photo of white Hyundai Elantra
Investigators want to speak to the occupants of the vehicle, according to a press release.
The car’s license plate is not known.
A Moscow police officer said he found a glove outside of the home that was missed during the initial search of the crime scene, the Daily Mail reported.
Police told Fox News the murder victims’ hands were bagged to try to preserve any evidence that may be found such as skin, hair or other DNA found under fingernails.
The Daily Mail reported:
Idaho cops have bagged the hands of the four University of Idaho students who were murdered in their sleep last month as they continue to try to track down the killer.
Authorities say the victims’ hands may contain evidence such as skin or hair under the fingernails if they tried to fight back against the unknown murderer who broke into their off-campus house in the early morning hours of November 13 and stabbed them to death.
Kaylee Goncalves, Maddie Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin may have even touched their assailants’ DNA if they made physical contact during the attack, forensic experts told FOX News Digital on Monday.
Although details of the crime scene remain scant, there is no suggestion the victims’ hands had been removed from their arms, as Latah County Coroner Cathy Mebbutt says the hands were sealed with bags before the bodies were moved.
The news comes as a former cop revealed online that he discovered a glove at the crime scene, and a retired Moscow police captain told DailyMail.com they believe the killer was seeking vengeance against at least one of the students.
Other facts about this murder mystery:
- The 911 call came in nearly 9 hours after the murders from a cell phone of one of the surviving housemate’s, however police have not revealed who made the call.
- According to reports, Moscow police have received hundreds of tips from people claiming Kaylee Goncalves had a stalker, but the information has not been verified yet.
- It was also revealed that Kaylee Goncalves called her ex-boyfriend several times between 2:30 am and 3:00 am just before the murders.
- A dog was found alive and unharmed at the crime scene on the morning the four murdered students were discovered by a housemate inside the home.
- It is unclear if the dog was barking or not.
- A sixth roommate was listed on the lease at the Moscow home; police do not believe this person was involved in the quadruple murder.
- Police believe it was a “targeted” attack
- According to the autopsies there is no sign of sexual assault
- Kaylee Goncalves’ father, Steven Goncalves, told Fox News that his daughter’s injuries are different than two of the other victims.
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Author: Cristina Laila