Police in Moscow, Idaho, are asking the public for assistance in locating the unknown suspect who stabbed four University of Idaho students to death in a house near campus.
The assailant — or assailants — who stabbed four University of Idaho students to death remained at large Tuesday, prompting many students to flee the idyllic small town campus despite police assurances that there was no imminent threat to the community.
By Tuesday, so many students had left the picturesque tree-lined campus in Moscow, Idaho, that university officials announced a candlelight vigil scheduled for the following day would instead be held after Thanksgiving break.
The students, who were all close friends, were discovered dead in an off-campus rental home around noon on Sunday, and officials believe they were murdered several hours before. According to Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt, the students were stabbed to death, according to the Spokane, Washington-based television station KXLY.
Investigators released new but limited details about what they have learned since the bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were discovered Sunday afternoon in a house near campus.
According to police, the four friends were out Saturday night at different events near the university, with Chapin and Kernodle at a campus party and Mogen and Goncalves at a bar. They returned home around 1:45 a.m. At around noon on Sunday, police received a call about an unconscious person at the residence.
Authorities believe a knife or other “edged weapon” was used in the attack on the four University of Idaho students found dead at an off-campus home.
The information was released in a news release by the Moscow Police Department, which also stated that detectives were trying to develop a timeline of the victims’ actions before to their deaths on Sunday. The victims were discovered about noon, according to police, and the killings probably took place in the early morning hours.
The Moscow Police Department and the City of Moscow is deeply saddened for the families of these individuals, fellow students and friends, and our community during this time. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to each and every person affected by this incident.
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