Cops investigating Idaho stabbing say stalker tips unproven


MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students while they slept said Tuesday that detectives have thoroughly investigated reports that the one of the victims had a stalker and were unable to verify it.

Investigators searched for hundreds of records of Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker but were unable to identify one, the Moscow Police Department said in a news release.

Authorities said they had no suspects or weapons more than a week after the Nov. 13 murders rocked the Idaho Panhandle town of 25,000.

Anyone with information that could help detectives obtain information on the stalkers is asked to contact the Moscow police.

Police also said on Tuesday there had been much discussion about how to describe the weapon used and that the type used in the attacks would be a fixed-blade knife.

Police said Monday they would hold a press conference to update the public on the investigation at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The victims were Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho. The women were roommates and Chapin was dating Kernodle.

Authorities said they were each stabbed multiple times and some had defensive wounds.

On Sunday, law enforcement investigating the deaths asked for patience after a week went by without arrest.

Police said evidence led them to believe the students were being targeted, but repeatedly declined to give details.

The Associated Press


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