Recent student killings at the University of Idaho

After nearly four weeks police struggle to find a suspect guilty of killing four college students.

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On Nov. 13, at 11:58 a.m. the Moscow Idaho police department responded to a call about an unresponsive person. According to Fox News, the call originated from an off-campus house where Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20, were found dead. Police later said they were stabbed in their sleep from around 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. by an intruder. Police received a tip stating that Goncalves may have had a stalker but did not receive much information on that lead.

According to CBS News, all four students were part of fraternities or sororities, Chapin and Kernodle attended a party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house, 200 yards from the crime scene, and returned home around 1:45 a.m. Goncalves and Mogen were seen at a bar in Moscow called The Corner Club, after leaving the bar they stopped at a food truck and returned home around 1:45 a.m. The other two surviving roommates, Bethany Funke and Dylan Wortensen went out separately to Moscow and returned home around 1 a.m. 

Authorities said Funke and Wortensen appear to have slept through the stabbings, police do not believe the roommates were involved in the killings. When the roommates called 911, they summoned friends over to help with what they thought were unconscious roommates. When police were searching outside the house they noticed blood dripping down one of the walls. 

Police are continuing the search for a suspect which is extending to nearly four weeks after the killings, they have zero leads. They have collected over 100 pieces of evidence, 150 interviews from people and over 1,000 tips. Authorities have also searched the woods behind the crime scene for possible signs of the killer. The correners report showed that the stab wounds could be made from a knife that is issued at a military base nearby the college.

According to Fox News, fear is rising on campus as students return from thanksgiving break with the killer still unknown. Moscow Police Department is receiving more calls having to do with “unusual circumstances” and welfare checks on loved ones. Authorities continue to work tirelessly to solve this case with any evidence that they receive.