UPDATE (12/07/22)

Detectives working on the Moscow quadruple murder case are seeking assistance from the public. Detectives are interested in speaking with the occupant(s) of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra, with an unknown license plate. Photos attached are stock images of a 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra and are not the actual vehicle.

2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra

stock images of 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra

According to the latest update from the Moscow Police Department, tips and leads have led investigators to seek additional information about the described vehicle being in the immediate area of the King Street residence during the early morning hours of November 13th when the murders occurred. Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case.

If you know of or own a vehicle matching this description, or know of anyone who may have been driving this vehicle on the days preceding or the day of the murders, please forward that information to the Tip Line.

Information can be submitted any of the following ways:

Your information, whether you believe it is significant or not, might be the piece of the puzzle that helps investigators solve these murders.

UPDATE (12/06/22):

Starting on the morning of December 7 and potentially into December 8, Moscow Police Chief James Fry and other members of the department will be at the residence on King Road to collect and remove some of the victims' personal belongings, which are no longer needed for the investigation, so that they can be returned to the families. These arrangements were made in coordination with the families.

Anyone near the residence Wednesday morning is asked to keep roads clear. Movement of the items will be done as privately as possible in an effort to maintain respect for the victims and their families. Members of the media and community are asked to be respectful of this process.

A video interview with Moscow Police Chief James Fry has been made available on the Moscow Police Department YouTube page where Chief Fry explains why the investigative team wanted to handle the delicate and sensitive handling of the victim’s close possessions.

The house remains an active crime scene, and progress continues to be made in the investigation. Moscow Police and investigative partners continue to work with the victim’s families on the investigation and ongoing developments.

Police continue to urge anyone with information that can help detectives to contact the tip line at 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us. Digital media can be submitted at fbi.gov/moscowidaho.

UPDATE (12/05/22):

On Monday morning, the Moscow Police Department once again issued a press release to address specific aspects of the quadruple murder investigation. The latest information can be found below. 

Updated Information:

--- Detectives are continuing to investigate the timeline between 9:00 p.m. - 1:45 a.m. on November 13, when Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were believed to be at the Sigma Chi fraternity house on the University of Idaho campus. Detectives continue to look at any interactions, contacts, direction and method of travel, or anything abnormal that could add context to what occurred.

--- As of Monday morning, detectives have received more than 2,645 emailed tips, 2770 phone tips, and 1,084 digital media submissions. Detectives say they believe someone still has information that will add context to the picture investigators are creating of what occurred that evening. 

--- Using tips and leads, investigators have identified an incident involving Kaylee Goncalves at a local business, which may have been the stalker reference she made to friends and family. In mid-October, two males were seen inside a local business; they parted ways, and one male appeared to follow Kaylee inside the business and as she exited to walk toward her car. Police say the male turned away, and it did not appear he made any contact with her. Detectives say they have contacted both males and learned the two were attempting to meet women at the business, which was corroborated through additional investigation. Based on available information, detectives believe this was an isolated incident and not an ongoing pattern of stalking. At this time, no evidence suggests the two males were involved in the murders.

Investigators continue looking into information about Kaylee having a stalker. Information about a potential stalker or unusual occurrences should go through the Tip Line.

--- After numerous inquiries about the dog found at the residence on the morning of November 13, Moscow Police have now confirmed the dog was found inside the residence in a room away from where the crimes had been committed. Officers did not find any evidence on the dog and there was no indication the animal had entered the crime scene. The dog was taken to Animal Services and released to a responsible person.

While the dog was in the house when officers arrived, it has not been determined where the dog was physically located when the murders took place.

At this time, no suspect has been identified.

Police continue to urge anyone with information that can help detectives to contact the tip line at 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us. Digital media can be submitted at fbi.gov/moscowidaho.

Note: Big Country News Connection is working on compiling a timeline of all known events. Each updated release provided from the Moscow Police Department can be found below in order by date released. 

UPDATE (12/02/22):

An alcohol offense that was reported at 3:01 a.m. near the area where four University of Idaho students were murdered last month is not related to the murder investigation, according to the latest update from the Moscow Police Department. 

According to the MPD, there has been extensive media interest regarding the incident seen in the Moscow Police Department daily activity logs. 

The incident was reported at 3:01 a.m. on the morning of November 13, the same morning the four students were murdered. The alcohol offense was reported in the area of Taylor Avenue and Band Field, and was addressed by an on-scene officer, according to the MPD. 

Alcohol Offense Police Log

The Moscow Police Department also stated that detectives confirmed a sixth individuals name was listed on the lease at the residence. Detectives have spoken with the individual and confirmed they moved out prior to the start of the school year. They also confirmed the individual was not present at the time of the murders. At this time, detectives do not believe that individual had any involvement in the murders. 

UPDATE (12/01/22):

Detectives have begun receiving testing and analysis results from crime lab scientists with the Idaho State Police Forensic Services.

An updated release from the Moscow Police Department on Thursday states that in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, specific results from the testing and analysis will not be released. As additional tests are completed, those results will also be provided to detectives. 

The release from the MPD on Thursday again stated that investigators have not concluded if the target of the attack was the residence or if it was the occupants, however they do believe the attack was indeed targeted. 

The release from the MPD also stated they are aware of a sixth person listed on the lease at the residence, but do not believe that individual was present during the incident.

UPDATE (11/30/22):

A release from Moscow Police Department on Wednesday evening said that they don’t know if the murders of four University of Idaho students was a targeted attack on the home or the students.

"Conflicting information has been released over the past 24 hours. The Latah County Prosecutor’s Office stated the suspect(s) specifically looked at this residence, and that one or more of the occupants were undoubtedly targeted," said an MPD release. "We have spoken with the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office and identified this was a miscommunication. Detectives do not currently know if the residence or any occupants were specifically targeted but continue to investigate."

Earlier in the investigation, Moscow Police had also said they believed the murders were targeted.

UPDATE (11/30/22):

On November 30, the Moscow Police Department released the following information in regard to the quadruple murder investigation that remains ongoing. 

The Moscow Police Department says that an incident on a U of I bike path on September 12, 2022 where an individual allegedly displayed a folding knife during a confrontation with a group of people has no connection with the quadruple murder investigation. On that day, an argument between a group of people walking on a bike path and a cyclist ensued, where it was reported that the cyclist displayed a folding knife. Both parties reportedly dispersed and there were no injuries. After the incident was reported to police, the cyclist turned himself in. Initially no charges were filed, but following further investigation, misdemeanor charges were referred to the Moscow City Attorney's Office. 

The release from the Moscow Police Department states that there is no change or new information in this case, and references otherwise would be inaccurate. Only vetted information that does not hinder the investigation will be released to the public, reads the release. 

At this time, no suspect has been identified. 

Police continue to urge anyone with information that can help detectives to contact the tip line at 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us. Digital media can be submitted at fbi.gov/moscowidaho.

UPDATE (11/29/22): 

As part of the ongoing quadruple murder investigation and original search warrant attached to the case, investigators will work with tow crews to move five vehicles from within the police perimeter to a "more secure, long-term storage location." Once the vehicles are moved, investigators will continue processing evidence. 

As a result, as increase in detective activity and tow trucks will be seen at the site on Tuesday. 

UPDATE (11/28/22):

MOSCOW - On Monday, the Moscow Police Department issued a press release with the latest details into the quadruple murder of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle.

According to the Moscow Police Department, a death on Baker Street from February 2022 is not related to the ongoing quadruple murder investigation. The Latah County Coroner's Office determined the cause of death in that case to be an overdose. Questions about the two cases possibly being connected circulated as online rumors, but police say they are unrelated. 

Police also debunked another internet rumor surrounding a red Mustang that was seen being searched on S. Deakin Street. Online rumors speculated that the vehicle was being processed as part of the quadruple murder investigation, however police say that information is not accurate. The red Mustang is not connected to the murders. 

As of Monday afternoon, no suspect(s) have been identified or arrested. 

Police continue to urge anyone with information that can help detectives to contact the tip line at 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us. Digital media can be submitted at fbi.gov/moscowidaho.

Update (11/27/22):

MOSCOW - As a candlelight vigil is being planned for this Wednesday to honor the memory of Ethan, Xana, Madison, and Kaylee, police continue to investigate the murder deaths of the four University of Idaho students.

On Sunday evening, police said there is still no suspect in the case.

To date, community members have uploaded over 488 digital media submissions to a website established by the FBI where community members were encouraged to send their photos or video that might be relevant to the investigation.

Personnel currently assigned to the case include:

Moscow Police Department

  • 4 Detectives
  • 24 Patrol Officers
  • 5 Support Staff 

Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • 22 investigators in Moscow
  • 20 assigned agents located throughout the United States
  • 2 Behavior Analysis Unit investigators 

Idaho State Police

  • 20 investigators in Moscow
  • Public Information Officer
  • ISP Forensics Services and mobile crime scene team
  • 15 uniformed troopers to assist with community patrols

Update (11/26/22):

MOSCOW - In response to numerous media inquiries about a 1999 double stabbing in Pullman, and the 2021 double stabbing with one death in Salem, Oregon, police are saying there is likely no connection between the cases. Moscow Police say that while these cases share similarities with the killing of four University of Idaho students, there does not appear to be any evidence to support the cases are related. For more on this story, click below.

Police on Friday said Community members have uploaded over 260 digital media submissions to the FBI tip link.  To date, 113 pieces of physical evidence have been collected and sent to the Idaho State Police crime lab for processing and analysis.

The University of Idaho is hosting a candlelight vigil for Wednesday, November 30th, to honor the memory of Ethan, Xana, Madison, and Kaylee

New Details (11/23/22):

In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, the Moscow Police Department and Idaho State Police provided the latest update on the investigation into four University of Idaho students who were murdered on November 13.

While hardly any new details were revealed, a look into the sheer size of the case and what detectives are working through was given. In the ten days following the murders, over 1,000 tips have been processed and 150+ interviews have been conducted. 

According to Idaho State Police Col. Kedrick Wills, 103 pieces of evidence have been gathered from the scene, and more than 4,000 photographs have been taken. 

"We understand you want answers," said Col. Wills. "We want answers too. But these take time." He continued, "There is an awful lot of efforts going on behind the scenes. What can't be seen, isn't always known of what we do in law enforcement."

In the recent days, the crime scene has been seen being expanded out front of the residence into the parking lot, which raised questions from reporters regarding the timing.

"It's not uncommon," said MPD Cpt. Roger Lanier. "Logically as this progresses, we have expanded it to several areas of the city and in fact canvassed entire neighborhoods."

Authorities also stated they will not be releasing the 911 call while the investigation is ongoing. 

With no suspects yet named or arrested, the Moscow Police Department says they will continue putting all of their resources into the investigation, with officers ready to work through the Thanksgiving holiday. 

"I want to assure you that the loss of Xana, Kaylee, Madison and Ethan remains the highest priority for the Moscow Police Department," said MPD Cpt. Lanier. "We will continue putting all of our resources into investigating and solving these murders."

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said, "We are going to have many, many detectives and agents working all the way through this incident. Our people are dedicated. Our people care about this community. We are going to keep pushing on this until we come to a conclusion."

ISP Col. Kedrick Wills also announced that Idaho Governor Brad Little has made $1,000,000 available for investigators to utilize for the investigation. 

Anyone with information that can help detectives is urged to contact the tip line at 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us. Digital media can be submitted at fbi.gov/moscowidaho.

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**UPDATE (11/22/22)**

  • Investigators have extensively looked into information they received about Kaylee Goncalves possibly having a stalker. After pursuing hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic, investigators say they have not been able to verify or identify a stalker.
  • The Moscow Police Department says there has been much conversation about the terminology used to describe the murder weapon. The MPD clarified that the type of knife thought to be used in the murders is a fix-blade knife. No murder weapon has been found.  

Anyone with information that can help detectives is urged to contact the tip line at 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us. Digital media can be submitted at fbi.gov/moscowidaho.

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**UPDATE (11/21/22)**

  • Officers located a dog at the residence. The dog, which was unharmed, was turned over to Animal Services and then released to a responsible party.
  • Detectives are aware of a Latah County Sheriff's Office incident regarding the report of a dog that was skinned in the weeks leading up to the murders. It has been determined that incident was unrelated to the murders. According to a report from Fox News shared Monday morning, a mini-Australian shepherd was found "skinned head to tail on October 21 after his owners Jim and Pam Colbert let him out in the backyard in Moscow, ID."

The next press conference to update the public on the investigation is scheduled for Wednesday, November 23 at 1:00 p.m.

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Story

On the evening of Saturday, November 12, it has been determined that Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were at a local bar called 'The Corner Club' in downtown Moscow, between the hours of 10:00p.m. - 1:30 a.m. on November 13. Then at approximately 1:40 a.m., Kaylee and Madison were seen on video via a live Twitch stream at a local food vendor called the “Grub Truck” at 318 S. Main Street. The two then received a ride from that location via a private party to their residence at 1122 King Road at approximately 1:56 a.m. (Arrival time has been updated based on digital evidence collected by investigators). 

Investigators have also determined that Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were at the Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho Campus that night. It is believed that Ethan and Xana also returned to the residence on King Road at approximately 1:45 a.m.

The map provided below details the night of November 12 and into the early morning hours of November 13 when the murders occurred. The map shows the locations and approximate times when Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were in downtown Moscow, while Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were at the Sigma Chi house.

U of I Murders (date/time map)

Two other roommates who live in the six-bedroom residence on King Road were also out in the community that night, but returned home at around 1:00 a.m.

It is believed that the murders happened sometime between 3:00 - 6:00 a.m.

At 11:58 a.m. on Sunday, November 14, officers with the Moscow Police Department responded to the residence for the report of an unconscious individual. Upon arrival, officers discovered Kaylee, Madison, Xana and Ethan deceased inside the residence.

In the days following the murders it was revealed that the initial 911 call was made from inside the residence on one of the surviving roommates cell phone, although the name of the person who made the call has not yet been released. According to police, the surviving roommates summoned friends to the residence because they believed one of the victims on the second floor had passed out and was not waking up.

After arriving at the residence, a Moscow Police officer discovered the four deceased victims on the second and third floor.

After autopsies were conducted on November 17, the Latah County Coroner confirmed the identity of the four murdered individuals and their cause and manner of death as homicide by stabbing. The coroner stated that the four victims were likely asleep, some had defensive wounds, and each was stabbed multiple times. There was no sign of sexual assault.

At this time in the investigation, detectives do not believe any individual that was at the residence when 911 was initially called, including the surving roommates, are involved in the crime.

In addition, detectives do not believe the male subject seen in the Grub Truck live stream video or the private party driver that took Kaylee and Madison home that night are involved.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry also revealed that detectives are aware that Madison and Kaylee both made phone calls to an unnamed individual after returning home in the early morning hours of November 13, but it is not believed there is any connection between those phone calls and the murders.

"We believe there's no connection there," said Fry.

MPD Captain Roger Lanier also said that any rumors about the victims being bound and gagged are false.

Idaho State Police Director Kendrick Wills said the best thing the community can do to help officials is to stop the spread of speculation.

"We know you want answers," Wills said. "We want answers too."

Wills asked that the community be patient with the investigation and trust that the police will release any new information when they are able.

"We owe it to these young kids," Wills said.

As part of the investigation, detectives seized the content of three dumpsters on King Road in order to locate possible evidence, but nothing of significance was found. Detectives have also contacted local businesses to determine if a fixed-blade knife had recently been purchased at the locations. A murder weapon has not yet been located.

The Moscow Police Department, Latah County Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigations all continue to investigate this incident.

To date, more than 600 tips have been received from the public, and 90+ interviews have been conducted.

Currently, no suspects are in custody.

Anyone who observed suspicious behavior, has video surveillance, or can provide relevant information about these murders, is asked to call the Tip Line at 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

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**UPDATE (11/20/22)**

Moscow Police Chief James Fry revealed that the male both Madison Mogen and Kaylee GonCalves had made phone calls to was not believed to be a suspect. 

"We believe there's no connection there," Fry said. 

Others who have been cleared as suspects by MPD include the two surviving roommates, the male seen in the Grub Truck footage and the private party driver who took Mogen and GonCalves back to the residence on King Road. 

Fry also said other people arrived at the residence before the 911 call and confirmed neither of the surviving roommates had made the call, though a surviving roommate's phone had been used. No caller identity was released.

MPD Captain Roger Lanier said any rumors about the victims being bound and gagged are false. 

Idaho State Police Director Kendrick Wills said the best thing the community can do to help officials is to stop the spread of speculation.

"We know you want answers," Wills said. "We want answers too."

Wills asked that the community be patient with the investigation and trust that the police will release any new information when they are able. 

"We owe it to these young kids," Wills said. 

University of Idaho President Scott Green said that security has become the university's top priority and said professors are being asked to remain flexible as the fall semester wraps up. Some students want to return to class in person and some don't want to return to campus until a suspect is in custody, Green said, so the university will be making adjustments in delivery according to each student's safety.

"We are making security our top priority and are preparing for the fact that some students may not feel comfortable returning to campus," Green said.

Green said there has been an increased security presence on campus. The campus Safe Walk remains available to anyone. All residence halls on campus are locked at every hour of the day, with RA's present to provide safety rounds, and are only available to students. Housing has staffing on-call to provide help in emergencies.

See below for previous coverage of this case:

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*UPDATE (11/18/22)*

The Moscow Police Department released new details on Friday surrounding the investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students that occurred on Sunday, November 13.

All of the known information is laid out in the below press release from the Moscow Police Department. 

On the evening of Saturday, November 12, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were at a local bar called 'The Corner Club' in downtown Moscow, between the hours of 10:00p.m. - 1:30 a.m. on November 13. Then at approximately 1:40 a.m., Kaylee and Madison were seen on video via a live Twitch stream at a local food vendor called the “Grub Truck” at 318 S. Main Street. The two then received a ride from a private party from downtown to their residence at 1122 King Road at approximately 1:45 a.m.

Investigators have also determined that Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were seen at the Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho Campus. At approximately 1:45 a.m., Ethan and Xana are believed to have returned to the residence at 1122 King Road. 

The map provided below details the night of November 12 and into the early morning hours of November 13 when the murders occurred. The map shows the locations and approximate times when Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were in downtown Moscow, while Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were at the Sigma Chi house.

U of I Murders (date/time map)

Two other roommates were also at the residence that night, but were not injured, according to police. 

Around noon on November 13, officers responded to the residence after a 911 call reported an unconscious individual. Upon arrival, officers discovered Kaylee, Madison, Xana, and Ethan deceased inside the residence.

After autopsies were conducted on November 17, the Latah County Coroner confirmed the identity of the four murdered individuals and their cause and manner of death as homicide by stabbing. The coroner stated that the four victims were likely asleep, some had defensive wounds, and each was stabbed multiple times. There was no sign of sexual assault.

At this time in the investigation, detectives do not believe the two surviving roommates or a male in the Grub Truck surveillance video are involved in this crime.

The Moscow Police Department says that online rumors of the victims being tied and gagged are not accurate.

The identity of the 911 caller has still not been released.

As part of the investigation, detectives have seized the contents of three dumpsters on King Road to locate possible evidence. Additionally, detectives have contacted local businesses to determine if a fixed-blade knife had been recently purchased. A murder weapon has not yet been located. 

At the time of this release, detectives have received nearly 500 tips which are being processed, investigated, and cleared. Thirty-eight interviews have been conducted with individuals who may have information about the murders.

Currently, there are no suspects in custody.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 208-883-7180 or tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

For this investigation, the Moscow Police Department is utilizing assistance from the Idaho State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Latah County Sheriff’s Office.

Moscow Police Department:

  • 4 Detectives
  • 24 Patrol Officers
  • 5 Support Staff

Federal Bureau of In Investigators:

  • 22 investigators in Moscow
  • 20 assigned agents located out of Treasure Valley, ID, Salt Lake City, Utah, and West Virginia
  • Behavior Analysis Unit

Idaho State Police:

  • 20 investigators
  • 15 troopers
  • Public Information Officer
  • ISP Forensics Services and mobile crime scene team
  • 15 uniformed troopers to assist with community patrols

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*UPDATE (11/16/22)*

MOSCOW - On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 16, the Moscow Police Department held a press conference to provide an update on the latest developments in a quadruple homicide investigation involving four University of Idaho students who were found dead inside a residence near campus.

The story, which first broke on the afternoon of Sunday, November 13, has caught the attention of citizens and news outlets nationwide.

Prior to Wednesday's press conference, the information and messaging, or lack-there-of, being released about the investigation by the Moscow Police Department caused some uncertainty and frustration among the local community, who were demanding answers. Some of those questions were answered Wednesday, but many still remain.

According to Moscow Police Chief James Fry, as of Wednesday afternoon, no suspect has been identified in the homicides and the suspect remains at large.

Walking back previous comments made by the Moscow Police Department, Chief Fry said he could not say that there is no threat to the community.

"We can not say that there is no threat to the community, and as we have stated, please stay vigilant," said Fry.

Chief Fry went on to outline the known details of the night, stating that all four victims arrived back at the residence sometime after 1:45 a.m. The murders then occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 13. The initial 911 call made to Moscow Police was not made until around noon that day.

"We don't know why that call came in at noon and not the middle of the night," said Fry. 

According to Fry, all four victims were stabbed with a knife. That information was also confirmed by Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt. 

A murder weapon has not yet been located. There were also no signs of forced entry into the residence, according to Fry. 

Chief Fry also stated that two additional roommates were home at the time of the attack, but those individuals were not injured. Those individuals were at the residence when first responders first arrived for the initial unconscious person call. Fry also declined to confirm who made the initial 911 call.

Based on details found at the scene, police believe this was an isolated, targeted attack on the victims.

On Sunday, November 13, officers with the Moscow Police Department responded to a residence on King Road in Moscow, ID for the report of an unconscious individual. Upon arrival, officers discovered four deceased victims.

Initially, the University of Idaho issued a Vandal Alert advising people to shelter in place, however the Moscow Police Department later said they had determined there was not an ongoing threat for community members, and that evidence indicates it was a targeted attack.

The four victims were later identified as 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, of Conway, WA; 21-year-old Madison Mogen, of Coeur d’Alene, ID; 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, of Post Falls, ID ; and 21-year-old Kaylee GonCalves, of Rathdrum, ID. All four victims were students at the University of Idaho who were living off campus.

Two days after the deceased victims were found, the Moscow Police Department provided an update, saying although no weapons had been found, investigators believe an "edged weapon" such as a knife, was used.

Investigators with the Moscow Police Department, Latah County Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police and FBI continue to follow up on all leads. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tip Line at (208)883-7190.

A candlelight vigil on campus initially scheduled for Wednesday night has been rescheduled for November 30.

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**UPDATE (11/15/22)**

On Tuesday morning, Moscow Police said that although no weapons have been located, based on preliminary information, investigators believe that an "edged weapon" such as a knife was used. Autopsies are scheduled to be completed later this week and will hopefully provide more definitive information on the exact cause of the deaths.

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***Victims Identified in Moscow Homicide(11/14/22)***

On Sunday, November 13, officers with the Moscow Police Department responded to a call on King Road for an unconscious individual. Upon arrival, officers discovered four individuals who were deceased. 

The four victims have been identified as University of Idaho students.

According to an updated news release from the Moscow Police, the four individuals have been identified as 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, of Conway, WA; 21-year-old Madison Mogen, of Coeur d’Alene, ID; 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, of Post Falls, ID; and 21-year-old Kaylee GonCalves, of Rathdrum, ID. All four victims were students at the University of Idaho. 

According to police, details continue to be limited in this investigation. Currently, there is no suspect in custody.

Investigators are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact the Moscow Police at 208-882-2677.

The Moscow Police does not believe there is an ongoing community risk based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation.

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UPDATE (11/13/22) 2:40p.m. 

The Moscow Police Department is continuing the investigation and the suspect is still unknown. According to a second Vandal Alert, MPD does not believe there to be an active threat in place and the shelter in place order given by the university has been lifted. U of I advises those in the area to remain vigilant. 

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Original Story (11/13/22)

MOSCOW - On Sunday, November 13 at around 1:05 p.m., the University of Idaho sent out a Vandal Alert stating that the Moscow Police Department is investigating a homicide on King Road near campus.

MPD confirmed that there is not a suspect at this time. The Vandal Alert states people should avoid the area and those who can't should shelter in place.

King Rd., Moscow, ID

A homicide was reported on King Rd. in Moscow, indicated by the red pin near the University of Idaho campus, early afternoon on Sunday, Nov. 13. (Image courtesy of Google Maps)

According to Pullman Radio, police initially responded to a report of an unconscious person at a unit on King Road. The call quickly turned into a homicide investigation at the apartment just south of campus.

Moscow Police Captain Tyson Berrett told Pullman Radio the suspect is not known at this time but clarifies that the case doesn’t represent a threat to the general public. Idaho State Police has been called in to assist with the investigation.

Below are some safety tips from the U of I.

If there is an active assailant in your vicinity, you generally have three options:

• Run (evacuate): You should only run if you can safely escape.

• Hide: If you can’t run, find a safe place to hide, preferably in a locked space or behind a barricade.

• Fight: If you can’t run or hide, your only option may be to fight. Think about what you can use to neutralize the assailant.

Additional information to be aware of:

• In case of emergency, call 911. Take care of your own safety prior to calling 911.

• If you see something odd or suspicious, report it immediately to the Office of Public Safety and Security or Moscow Police.

• When on campus, reach the Moscow Police Department by calling 208-882-2677. To make a report to the Office of Public Safety and Security, call 208-885-7233.

• Always trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation safely and call MPD or OPSS. You can also request a security officer escort to accompany you on campus. Call 208-885-HELP and request a “Safe Walk” when on campus.

Big Country News will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.