MOSCOW (Idaho) – After the brutal stabbing deaths of four students, the University of Idaho has determined that 25 to 40 percent of its students haven’t returned to campus. Fox News reports.
Jodi Walker, the University of Idaho’s executive director of communications, reported that 60-75 percent of students were on campus. The school had 11,507 students as of October 2022.
Moscow, the home of the university and the site of the off-campus killings, had a population around 25,850 in 2021.
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Fox News Digital was informed by a spokesperson from the university that they were “not tracking” students who choose not to return.
Sunday marked three weeks since Xana and Ethan Chapin (both 20), and Maddie Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves (both 21 , were murdered in a house at 1122 King Road. Just days before Fall Recess and Thanksgiving, the murders were announced on Nov. 13.
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Scott Green, the university president, announced at the time that Scott Green had asked his faculty to help each student complete the semester remotely or in-person.
Green stated that he had received information from students with different needs in a Nov. 26 video. “Some people are uncomfortable being back in Moscow while a suspect is in detention.” Others want in-person classes and the structure of campus life.
Investigators are still trying to find a suspect and have yet to recover the weapon.
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U.S. veteran Lenny DePaul, who is now retired, said that U.S. investigators will “absolutely” be analyzing those students who chose not to return for any connection with the quadruple homicide. Lenny DePaul (Marshal Service Commander) has retired. Fox News Digital investigators “absolutely will” be looking into the cases of those students who have not returned to investigate any connection to the quadruple murder.
“Students who decided not to return to school, I’m certain they’re looking through all of them to see if they have any relationships or conversations via social media, direct messages, cellular intercepts,” DePaul, former commander, U.S. Marshal Service, New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force. “No matter how they made any connections, they will look at everyone.”
He said, “I’m certain the obvious is that they’re afraid to return to school because there’s no suspect, this investigation is not closed. It’s difficult for anyone to want to go back to a crime scene as horrible as this one. But, it’s impossible to rule out anyone at this point.
DePaul and the U.S. The Marshal Service and the U.S. are not currently involved in this investigation. However, the USMS has offered assistance if necessary.
DePaul was involved in several high-profile investigations including the 2002 “D.C. Sniper” case.
He stated that Moscow is a small town and investigators will likely be “looking [at] everybody.”
“If this investigation is done, all stones will be turned,” he continued. They are turning everyone’s world upside down.”
Three-story house with three stories was found to contain the bodies of the students. It is located within a block of the University of Idaho campus perimeter.
Kernodle and Goncalves lived in the home along with Mogen and two other women. They were not hurt. The lease listed a sixth person, but they were said to have moved out. Police did not believe that they were involved. Chapin was Kernodle’s boyfriend at the time of the attack.
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According to police, the victims were sleeping between 3 and 4 in the morning and 4 at dawn on Nov. 13, when they were attacked on the second and the third floors of their three-story home. According to the medical examiner, some victims showed signs of fighting back.
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Moscow Police officers responded to a call about an “unconscious individual” at the address at 11:58 am. However, several people were already at the crime site when police arrived, officials stated.
Police said that the attack was “targeted” and they believe it was. However, there is some confusion about how or why. Police have yet to identify the intended victim.
Police said that the 911 call was “originating from within the residence” and originated from one of the surviving roommates’ cell phones. Before officers arrived, multiple people spoke to the dispatcher.
According to family members and police, Mogen and Goncalves had been sleeping on the same floor and in the same bed when they were repeatedly stabbed. Chapin and Kerndodle were both on a different floor.
Surviving roommates were found on the bottom floor and survived.
Police said that investigators received more than 2,645 emails from the tipline in Moscow and more than 2,770 calls. More than 1,084 submissions of digital media have been received by the FBI.
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The King Road crime scene was also the subject of 113 pieces and 4,000 photos that police are currently analyzing by police.
Moscow Police Department invites the public to send any information or images they believe could be useful in their investigations. They can do so by calling 208-883-7180, submitting tips through [email protected], and sending digital media here.
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A dedicated webpage has also been created by authorities in response to the King Road attack.