First on Fox: Moscow, Idaho – Investigators returned Friday to the Idaho home where four college students were stabbed to death in their sleep earlier this month, collected several small bags of evidence — and then met with the Lata County prosecutor inside police headquarters after sunset.
Aaron Snell, director of communications for the Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital that the significance of the late meeting was understated, given that investigators typically put in long hours.
“The DA remains a resource throughout,” he said. “We continue to work after hours. The DA has been here every day.”
That included Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, when Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson returned to the police department around 2 p.m. and left about 10 minutes later.
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On Friday, he was inside for about an hour with investigators, including several people who had visited the home earlier in the day.
On Friday afternoon, police and FBI agents first looked outside and walked up the hill behind the house, which is built on a slope and is three stories high.
Next they were seen returning and putting protective covers on their shoes and walking back into the Raja Road house untouched for days.
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Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Morgan, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, died hours after police said someone attacked them in their sleep on Nov. 13.
The three women lived there, and Chapin visited his girlfriend, Kernodle. Authorities said they found no signs of forced entry.
Two of the deceased were sleeping on the second floor and two were on the third floor.
All four attended the University of Idaho.
Chapin is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, the University of Idaho said earlier this month. Both Kernodle and Mogen were part of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, while Goncalves belonged to Alpha Phi.
“We worked through the holidays,” Snell told Fox News Digital in an interview at Moscow police headquarters on Friday. “This is an ongoing investigation and will continue.”
At the same time, the investigators were returning to the house.
They were seen looking at the front door downstairs, looking for an upstairs bedroom. Two ground-level roommates and a pet dog were unharmed in the attack.
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After searching the interior of the house, one of the inspectors left with several small paper bags.
“Investigators will continue to investigate and gather evidence,” Snell told Fox News Digital. However, he said he did not have information on what specifically authorities had removed from the scene Friday afternoon.
Fox News contributor and former Washington, D.C. homicide detective Ted Williams said police returned to the scene after determining the killer had entered through a sliding glass door at the back of the home.
“Remember that the two surviving witnesses slept on the first floor, so the killer did not come or go through the front door,” he said.
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Snell said investigators are taking all possibilities seriously to avoid tunnel vision.
“The people working on this case from all three agencies, they’re the best and the brightest and they have the most up-to-date resources,” he said.
Investigators were looking into all possibilities 12 days after the attack and spent Thanksgiving analyzing evidence and conducting interviews, according to authorities.
Many students are out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday, but University of Idaho President Scott Greene said all students have the option to finish the semester remotely.
Snell said it wouldn’t deter investigators if the suspect turns out to be a student who doesn’t plan to return.
“In any case, we will continue with this investigation. “It puts the different pieces together and ultimately comes up with the suspect or suspects and makes that arrest.”
Police have not yet identified a suspect or recovered the murder weapon – believed to be a fixed-blade knife. According to authorities, all four victims had been stabbed to death and some had defensive injuries.
“Whether that person is here on campus or not, in their room, on the Internet, or anywhere in the community, we’re going to make that arrest,” Snell said.
The two female roommates, Gonkaves and Morgan, who were downstairs when the killings occurred, have already ruled out a man who appeared on surveillance video at a food truck shortly before they returned from a night out, police said. A “private party” driver who took them home, Gonkaws’ ex-boyfriend, and a group of friends who were at the home Sunday morning made the initial 911 call.
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Police say they believe the attack was targeted and are asking the public for information and surveillance video.
They are also looking into a claim that Goncalves had a stalker.
Anyone with information on the subject is also asked to contact police – no matter how small the details.
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“We continue to look into the stalker issue and ask for any information from the public on this topic,” Snell said.
Anyone with information about the stalker or the case in general is asked to call 208-883-7180 or email [email protected]