After four students were killed at their Idaho home, police in Idaho now believe there may be a threat to Moscow after the murders of on Sept. 13.
The police are still searching for persons of interest and suspects in relation to the murders. No one was in custody Wednesday afternoon.
“We don’t have a suspect at the moment, and we can not say there is any threat to our community,” Chief James Fry of Moscow Police Department stated during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.
Police stated earlier this week that there was not a threat. They cited evidence from their preliminary investigation that indicated that the killings were an isolated and targeted incident.
“Chief Fry was not misspoken,” Aaron Snell, spokesperson for Idaho State Police, stated to Fox News Digital. “As there are still suspects, there remains a threat. It is believed that this was a targeted attack.
Ethan Chapin (20); Xana Kernodle (20); Madison Mogen (21); and Kaylee Goncalves (21) were the victims of the Sunday morning attack.
Fry stated during the press conference, “There is a danger out there, possibly.”
We must be vigilant. Fry stated to reporters that we must be vigilant for our neighbors.
The four students’ deaths have been ruled homicides, and while “no weapons have been located…investigators believe that an edged weapon such as a knife was used” in the attack, Moscow police said in a Tuesday statement. Autopsies are being performed at the moment.
On Sunday, officers responded to initial reports that there was an unconscious person at King Road. They found four students who were already dead upon their arrival. Officers standing outside the house this week described a bloody scene inside.
Fry stated Wednesday that there were no indications of forced entry and that the front door was open when officers arrived on Sunday.
On Tuesday, police stated that they believed this was an isolated attack targeting the community. They also said that the investigation had revealed no threat to the public. In a statement, the University of Idaho stated that there was no threat.
After the tragedy, many students fled campus before Thanksgiving break.
Local authorities have joined forces with federal and state law enforcement agencies to solve the case. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Moscow police at (208-883-7054)