Kaylee Goncalves’ father reveals horrifying details of Idaho murder victims’ stab wounds
The father of one of the four University of Idaho students in their bedsits last month revealed horrifying new details about the victims’ fatal stab wounds.
Four weeks after the murder on November 13th Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapinfather Steve Goncalves recounted a conversation in which he asked Latta County Coroner Kathy Mabbutt how many times the students were stabbed.
“She says, ‘Sir, I don’t think stabbing is the right word, it was like tears, like it was a strong weapon, not like stabbing,'” Mr Goncalves said Fox News Digital.
“She said they were big open holes. She said it was fast. They weren’t something you’d be able to call 911. They weren’t going to be bleeding slowly.
Mr Goncalves called investigators “cowards” for not revealing the brutality of the stab wounds, claiming there were “girls walking down the street right now” who deserved to know they “had to deal with a sadistic man”. Moscow police did not disclose the gender of the suspect.
The grieving father’s remarks come amid growing tensions between law enforcement and his family. He has repeatedly criticized the police for keeping quiet about the investigation and recently accused officers assigned to the case of being “inexperienced” and making a few mistakes in the early stages of the probe.
“I was outraged that they didn’t just come out and say it was a woman or a man, because they have to tell by the force required to inflict the injuries,” Mr Goncalves said. “They’re just cowards.”
Meanwhile, Moscow police told Fox they were not releasing certain information to protect the integrity of the investigation.
The department has repeatedly said in statements: “No suspect has been identified at this time and only verified information that does not interfere with the investigation will be released to the public.”
Mr Goncalves said his daughter’s wounds were different from Mogen’s. Goncalves and Mogen were found in a bedroom on the third floor of the home and may have been sleeping in the same bed at the time of the brutal attack, according to information released by Mr. Goncalves and the authorities.
“They may have individually died of the exact same thing, being stabbed, but there are more details… They’re not even close to a match.”
He had previously told Fox that he had pressed law enforcement for details, but was told that details could not be released.
Mr. Goncalves said last week that his family was considering seeking legal counsel to obtain more information about the murder investigation.
Goncalves’ mother, Christy Goncalves, also told Fox on Sunday that the family is fundraising for prizes and possibly hiring a private investigator.
“Our family would like to raise funds in hopes of offering a reward and possibly hiring a private investigator if necessary,” Ms Goncalves said.
Ms. Goncalves told Fox that the family is fundraising for the award through a GoFundMe and a GiveSendGo a page created by family friends. Nearly $15,000 has been raised between the two pages.
“The money raised will go directly to getting answers as well as helping to pay for Kayleigh’s final arrangements and her celebration of life on December 30,” Ms Goncalves said.
In what appeared to be the strongest lead to date, Moscow police announced last Wednesday that they wanted to speak to the occupant or occupants of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was seen near a home on King Road in the early hours of November 13 .
“Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case,” police said in a statement.
Police are appealing for the public to come forward with any information that suggests this may just be the missing piece of the puzzle.
Border agents along the U.S.-Canada border have been notified to be on the lookout for the car and have been fielding alerts from the public.
Moscow police have been so inundated with tips about the vehicle that calls are being directed to the FBI’s national tip line. As of Saturday, police said they were still looking to speak with the passengers and the license plate number remained unknown.
The victims were killed between 3 and 4 a.m. on Nov. 13, authorities determined.
On the night of November 12, Kernodle and Chapin were together at a sorority party at the Sigma Chi house from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and returned to the dorm around 1:45 a.m. It is unclear where they were in the five-hour time gap.
Goncalves and Mogen had spent the night at The Corner Club bar in central Moscow before stopping at a food truck and then getting a ride home from an unnamed “private party” to arrive at the property at around 1.56am.
Two surviving roommates were also out that night and returned home around 1 a.m., police said. It is believed that the two women, who occupied rooms on the first floor of the house, slept through the brutal murders and were unharmed.
The gruesome crime scene went unnoticed for several more hours, with police receiving a 911 call at 11:58 a.m. Sunday reporting an “unconscious individual” inside the home.
The other two roommates first called friends to the home because they thought one of the victims on the second floor was unconscious and wouldn’t wake up. When the friends arrived, a 911 call was made from one of the roommates’ phones.
Several people have been ruled out as suspects: the two surviving roommates, the man who was caught on camera with Mogen and Goncalves at a food truck downtown before they went home the night of the murders, the person who gave Mogen and Transportation to Goncalves to the home from the food truck, Goncalves’ former longtime boyfriend and friends who were at the home when 911 called.
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