Idaho college murders update: Neighbor denies ‘upsetting’ rumors as police walk back claims of ‘targeted’ killing

Idaho student murders: Police believe four killed in ‘targeted attack’

A neighbor of the four murdered University of Idaho students has denied the “upsetting” rumors swirling about him online after Reddit sleuths cast suspicion on him in the wake of the brutal stabbings.

Student Jeremy Reagan said on Tuesday that he has “nothing to hide” but admitted that it was “upsetting being compared to a murderer” after his previous media interviews became the subject of intense online scrutiny.

His comments came as officials appeared to walk back previous claims that the killings were “targeted” with Latah County Prosecutor Prosecutor Bill Thompson now admitting that “perhaps isn’t the best word to use”.

On Wednesday, the Moscow community will hold vigils in honor of slain students Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kerndole and Ethan Chapin, who were found butchered in their beds back on 13 November.

The vigils were delayed until after the Thanksgiving break as terrified students fled the town. Police call logs analyzed by The Independent reveal that, in the aftermath of the murders, locals remain on edge and have called 911 multiple times to report “suspicious” men and other disturbing incidents in the area.

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These 11 questions could hold the key to solving the Idaho murders. Here’s what we know – and don’t know

Every individual connected to the case so far – from two surviving roommates to a victim’s former boyfriend – has been publicly ruled out by police, leaving an echo chamber with no names to fill it.

Details about the murders that shook the small college town of Moscow, Idaho, remain scant, the murder weapon is nowhere to be found and there are huge gaps in the timeline of the last known movements of two of the victims.

Investigators have admitted that they are stumped by the killings in the small, notoriously safe college town and still have no suspects or persons of interest on their radar. For the past 17 days, officials have given little in the way of updates on the case – this silence and absence of information only serving to trigger an avalanche of online rumors and conspiracy theories among internet sleuths.

Sheila Flyn, Rachel Sharpand Andrea Blanco have the full story.

Josh Marcus30 November 2022 20:14

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How Moscow residents are coping with a world-shattering crime

Moscow Lock Shop can’t keep up with the demand for deadbolts.

“If you imagine that there’s two of us working, and then we’re going out and actually doing calls, and there’s 50 phone calls in one day … we’re not getting them all done,” locksmith Casper Combs, 28, tells The Independentpointing out that it takes about an hour to install each deadbolt.

“Little town Moscow doesn’t get a lot of drama, thank God,” says Mr Combs. “We’re lucky enough to live in a town where this type of thing is kind of so outlandish … everybody is just freaked out, and that’s all that they’re talking about.”

Sheila Flynn reports on what it’s like in the town as it processes a horrific quadruple murder.

Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho town after murders

Parents are ordering deadbolts, teens are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow. There is a killer – or killers – on the loose, more than two weeks after four college students were murdered in their beds. Locals tell Sheila Flynn how fear is deepening as time goes by without any arrests and with little information from police

Josh Marcus30 November 2022 19:59

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The American crime wave that gets far less headlines: missing indigenous women

In parts of America, Native women go missing and suffer violence, 10 times more often than white women.

And yet their cases receive far less attention from the media and the authorities, something the late Black broadcaster Gwen Ifill referred to as missing “white woman syndrome”.

Read Andrew Buncombe’s full report.

Josh Marcus30 November 2022 19:43

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University of Idaho provost says school is ‘just trying to help students get through this’

The University of Idaho is wrestling with how to handle the coming semester, after four of its students were brutally murdered on 13 November.

“We’re thinking through a variety of scenarios, and I think we’ll have news on that soon,” U of I provost Torrey Lawrence told Idaho Education News. The university is considering options like expanded virtual learning, a “fluid” semester plan, and enhanced security on campus.

The official believes that more students are back at the university, after many fled campuses ahead of the Thanksgiving break once the murders occur. “We’re frankly just trying to help students get through this semester successfully and safely and in a way that they are comfortable,” Mr Lawrence added.

Josh Marcus30 November 2022 19:26

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‘Sense of fear’ descends over Idaho community after murders

Moscow, Idaho, police say the community has been rocked by the murder of four students earlier this month, leading to a surge in calls.

“We understand there is a sense of fear within our community,” police said in a Sunday release.

Since the murders took place, the police department has received 78 calls about “unusual circumstances” and 36 calls for welfare checks on loved ones, up from normal levels.

Officers have also gotten roughly 500 digital tips relating to the murders themselves, according to officials.

Josh Marcus30 November 2022 19:09

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‘I have to have my justice’: Father of slain student vents frustration at lengthy police investigation

The lengthy police investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students has left one victim’s father feeling “a little defeated” by what he feels is a lack of transparency from the police.

“I have to assume and hope that this is all part of their plan and … they’ve got this all figured out,” Steve Goncalves, father of Kaylee Goncalves, told ABC News. “I know that there’s some really good, hard-working guys and girls that are on this case that I’ve met. And they looked me in the eyes and they told me straight-out that they’re working and they’re doing everything in their power.”

Two weeks after the brutal quadruple murder, police still appear little closer to finding a suspect or uncovering a motive behind the brutal crimes.

Still, Mr Goncalves says he won’t give up fighting for his daughter’s memory.

“I have to have my justice. These families deserve that,” he continued in the ABC interview. “We just have to come together as a community. Submit all those pieces of evidence … and get this guy off the streets.”

Josh Marcus30 November 2022 18:52

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Moscow police sixteen five vehicles connected to student deaths

The Moscow Police Department said on Tuesday afternoon that it was moving five vehicles away from the crime scene to a “secure” location to properly scrutinize them for evidence.

“Today, as part of the ongoing homicide investigation and original search warrant, there will be an increase in detective activity and tow trucks on-site as investigators move five vehicles from within the police perimeter to a more secure long-term storage location to continue processing evidence,” the department said.

Officials did not say who owns the vehicles or what their connection to the deaths might be.

Josh Marcus30 November 2022 18:35

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Last known movements: Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle

Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle spent the night of 12 November at a frat party at the Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho Campus.

However, there is a large gap of time that police have not yet publicly accounted for.

The young couple were reportedly seen at the frat house from 8pm to 9pm.

They then arrived home to Kernodle’s house at around 1.45am.

Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 18:15

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Last known movements: Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen

Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen spent the night of 12 November at The Corner Club bar in downtown Moscow.

They arrived at the sports bar at around 10pm and left around 1.30am.

They then stopped by local food truck the Grub Truck at 1.40am.

Surveillance footage shows the two best friends at the truck ordering food, laughing and having a good time with each other and other students.

They then got a ride home from an unnamed “private party” – believed to be a sorority service – arriving at the house at 1.56am.

After arriving home, multiple calls were made from the phones of Goncalves and Mogen to the phone of Goncalves’ former longtime boyfriend. Between the two best friends, 10 calls were made between 2.26am and 2.52am. None of the calls were answered.

Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 17:54

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Why police won’t release killer’s profile:

Investigators are refusing to release a profile put together about the killer for fear that it will cast suspicion on “a wide variety of people”.

Idaho State Police communications director Aaron Snell told Fox News that officials were working on a profile of the supsect but would not be sharing it.

“It will potentially put more fear, more suspicion on a wide variety of people versus if we use that to really refine where we’re at in our investigation,” he said.

“I think that will be more relevant.”

He added: “And so if we just provide information to the public, I just don’t think that that’s going to be a wise choice.”

It is not clear what “group of people” could become the focus of attention if a profile is released.

The four victims were all students and were all members of fraternities and sororities.

Rachel Sharp30 November 2022 17:34

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