During a Wednesday press conference, Idaho authorities walked back earlier claims that the public is not in danger after four University of Idaho students 是 stabbed to death in an off-campus apartment.
“We do not have a suspect at this time, and that individual is still out there,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry said during the news conference. “We cannot say there is no threat to the community.”
He stressed that the community should “remain vigilant.”
The students who were killed early Sunday morning were Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
Two additional roommates were home during the attack but were unharmed, Fry said, but he has declined to label them as witnesses. The two unharmed roommates were also home when police responded to a call about an unconscious person around noon on Sunday, 他说. 然而, he declined to give any further information about the 911 call or disclose who the caller was.
Fry said there was no sign of forced entry at the apartment and nothing was missing from the home. He declined to answer where the victims were found in the home.
Chapin did not live at the house, but was sleeping over with his girlfriend Kernodle, Chapin’s mother Stacy Chapin told KING 5.
Authorities have released limited information on the investigation, but in a Tuesday press release, they confirmed that no weapons have been found, 但 “based on preliminary information, investigators believe that an edged weapon such as a knife was used” in the killings. 当时, authorities called the killings an “isolated, 有针对性的攻击。”
Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson told 今天 那 “it certainly is possible” that there could be more than one suspect.
“The fact of the matter is whoever’s responsible for these murders is still at large,” Thompson told 今天. “The investigators do not know who that person is.”
He also clarified earlier comments by Moscow Mayor Art Bettge who previously said the attack could have been a “crime of passion,” 今天 报告.
“To my knowledge, there is nothing to indicate that this has been determined to be a crime of passion,” Thompson told 今天. “We know it’s just a horrible crime and four young lives been lost.”
Investigators are piecing together the timeline before the four students were killed. Chapin and Kernodle were at a party on campus while Mogen and Goncalves were at a bar, 警方说. They all returned home around 1:45 是. on Sunday and their bodies were discovered around noon after a call came in about an unconscious person at the residence.
受害者’ Families Criticize Police
While many questions remain unanswered, family members of the victims have criticized police for the lack of available information.
“There is a lack of information from the University of Idaho and the local police, which only fuels false rumors and innuendo in the press and social media,” Chapin’s father Jim Chapin said in a public statement. “The silence further compounds our family’s agony after our son’s murder. For Ethan and his three dear friends slain in Moscow, Idaho, and all of our families, I urge officials to speak the truth, share what they know, find the assailant, and protect the greater community.”
“Words cannot express the heartache and devastation our family is experiencing,” Chapin’s mother Stacy said in a public statement. “It breaks my heart to know we will never be able to hug or laugh with Ethan again, but it’s also excruciating to think about the horrific way he was taken from us.”
Goncalves sister, Alivea Goncalves, 对...说 KHQ and said she and her family disagreed with police’s earlier claim that this was an “isolated” 攻击.
“Anything can be isolated until it’s not,” Alivea told KHQ. “And until we have someone in custody, there’s no way with any amount of confidence to say this is isolated.”
“Someone did this with a purpose — not once, not twice, not three times, but four,” Goncalves added. “I don’t know of anything scarier than that.”