Idaho police refuse to say why quadruple homicide marked: ‘You’ll have to trust us on that one’

MOSCOW, Idaho — The Moscow Police Department said in the immediate aftermath of a quadruple homicide near the University of Idaho that the killings were an “isolated, targeted incident,” but declined to say which of the four victims were targeted or why they believe that to be true.

“First and foremost, we have to preserve the integrity of the investigation, and we feel that this information is an integral part of us and how we conduct our investigation,” Moscow police Capt. Roger Lanier told reporters Wednesday, 10 days after the killings.

Police are searching a home in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were killed in a quadruple homicide.
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Fox News correspondent Dan Springer pointed out that releasing information to the public about who was targeted and why could improve the quality of tips authorities receive.

“We’ve made it very clear to the public from the beginning that we believe this was a targeted attack,” Lanier responded. “To be honest, you’re going to have to trust us on that at this point, because we’re not going to divulge why we think that.”

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Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Nov. 13 in a three-story residence just blocks from the University of Idaho campus.

Former Miami-Dade County homicide detective Pat Dias said the circumstances of the attack also lead him to believe the victims were targeted.

“This was no accident,” Diaz told Fox News Digital. “I think they were targeted. I think they’ve seen them or seen them around.’

From left, University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20;  Xana Kernodle, 20;  Madison Mogen, 21;  and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.

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

Police have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon, although they are looking for a “fixed blade knife”. All four victims had been stabbed multiple times and some had defensive wounds.

“Everybody’s screaming with a knife,” Diaz said. “They’ll scream like there’s no tomorrow.”

Police cordoned off a wide area behind the home Monday, including a parking lot and wooded area. Diaz said waiting eight days to expand the crime scene may have been a mistake, noting that officers need to search the entire area and use data from cell towers to figure out who was in the home and when.

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Multiple individuals have been ruled out as suspects in the investigation, including Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend, both surviving roommates, the man who drove Goncalves and Mogen home that night, and a man seen on surveillance video standing behind the women at meals truck hours before they were killed.

Investigators are seen searching a parking lot behind the house in Moscow, Idaho, where four people were killed on Nov. 13.

Investigators are seen searching a parking lot behind the house in Moscow, Idaho, where four people were killed on Nov. 13.
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Flowers and a teddy bear stand as a memorial at the house where four students were killed in Moscow, Idaho.

Flowers and a teddy bear stand as a memorial at the house where four students were killed in Moscow, Idaho.
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Moscow Police Chief James Fry urged patience as authorities continue to examine the evidence.

“We still believe that more information needs to be gathered that will continue to create a window through which we can look at this case,” Fry told reporters. “We all want to understand why this happened and what made someone do this.

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