The parents of one of the University of Idaho massacre victims say the killer was ‘sloppy’ and left a ‘mess’ of evidence behind – but bungling cops, who are yet to identify a suspect or a motive, are blaming the Thanksgiving break for their lack of leads.
Kaylee’s roommates Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, were also stabbed to death on November 13. Xana’s freshman boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, was also killed.
Steve and Kristi Gonclaves told Fox News: ‘This wasn’t like a pinpoint crime. This person was sloppy.’ Steve added that the killer ‘made a mess there, and they’re going to have to go through that point by point.’
As the investigation moves into its second week, questions continue to mount about the unsolved quadruple murders, which appears to have cops stumped as they scramble for any more information.
Last week, Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said the Thanksgiving break had hampered the investigation because many potential witnesses are students who have already left the small college town.
As of Sunday, Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry said that more than 640 tips had been received and investigated.
Initially, police said there was no danger to the public but have since backtracked and called it a ‘complex and terrible crime’ as they scramble for any new leads on the killer – adding it would take some time to resolve.
A 911 call from one of the surviving roommates was not made until nine hours after the slaying, with officers claiming that they managed to ‘sleep through’ the brutal killings and that other ‘friends’ were at the property at the time.
Now, police are asking residents and local businesses to scour surveillance footage taken between 3am and 6am the night the four friends were murdered. It is not clear why it has taken so long to narrow down the areas of interest.
On the night of Saturday, Nov. 12, Goncalves and Mogen — lifelong best friends — went out to the Corner Club bar in downtown Moscow from 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., according to Moscow police.
At about 1:40 a.m., the duo was seen on video at Grub Truck, a local food vendor, and used a private party for a ride home, getting back at 1:45 a.m., police said. A man seen in surveillance video at the Grub Truck and the person who drove them home are not considered suspects, according to authorities.
They also got home at about 1:45 a.m., police said. Chapin did not live at the house but was sleeping over with his girlfriend.
Two other roommates — who survived the attack and are not considered suspects — also went out in Moscow Saturday night and returned home by 1 a.m., police said.
Sunday, Nov. 13
It’s believed the four students were killed in the house between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Nov. 13, Moscow Mayor Art Bettge told ABC News.
A dog was also at the home, according to law enforcement.
Police in Moscow, Idaho, are still searching for an unknown killer more than one week after four University of Idaho students were mysteriously stabbed to death in a house near campus.
Here’s how the crimes unfolded:
Saturday, Nov. 12
The four slain students were Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.