BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police are asking for help finding the passenger of a car seen near where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death last month, saying the person may be in “critical information’ about the case.
The Moscow Police Department issued a statement Wednesday afternoon asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down the person or people in a white Hyundai Elantra, manufactured between 2011 and 2013, that was near the off-campus home in the early morning hours of the 13 November. Investigators do not have the sedan’s license plate number.
“Your information, whether you think it’s relevant or not, could be the piece of the puzzle that helps investigators solve these murders,” the department wrote.
Relatively few details were acquitted of the murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. The police department has not yet named a suspect or made any arrests, and investigators have not yet recovered a weapon. Autopsies found that the four students had been stabbed to death, with the attack possibly starting while they were asleep.
“Tips and leads led investigators to seek additional information about a vehicle located in close proximity to a residence on King Street in the early morning hours of November 13th. Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case,” the department wrote in a news release. “If you know or own a vehicle matching this description, or know of anyone who may have been driving this vehicle in the days leading up to or on the day of the murders, please pass this information on to the tip line.”
The Moscow Police Department asked anyone with information to Email or call the tip line at 208-883-7180. The FBI, which is assisting in the investigation, has created a website where people can upload security camera footage or other digital media from the area that was recorded around the time of the murders.
The four stabbing victims were friends and members of the university’s Greek system. The killings left Moscow’s tight-knit community in tatters stunned and saddened, shattering the sense of safety that many had in rural farming and the university town. Mogen, Goncalves, and Kernodle lived with two other roommates in the rented house directly across from campus, and Chapin—Kernodle’s boyfriend—was visiting.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry was at the rental home with other law enforcement officers Wednesday, collecting some of the victims’ belongings so they could be returned to their families. He announced the plan Monday, saying the return of meaningful items to the families will hopefully help the families heal.
Many resources have been dedicated to solving the case, including six detectives from the Moscow Division, 48 FBI investigators and more than a dozen Idaho State Police investigators.
“We’re going to do our job and we’re going to do it the best way we can,” Fry told the House on Wednesday. “We owe it to the families, we owe it to the victims, we owe it to our community, so we’re going to keep going.”
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