Moscow Police: No new suspects in U of I student deaths, 911 caller and roommates ruled out

Moscow Police have still not identified any suspects in the murders of four University of Idaho students last week, officials announced Sunday.

Authorities held a press conference Sunday afternoon providing an update on their investigation.

All four victims were members of fraternities and sororities: seniors Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; junior Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and freshman Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington. The women were roommates, and Chapin was dating Kernodle.

Police said Chapin and Kernodle were at Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho camps and returned home around 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 13. Police said Mogen and Goncalves were at a bar called The Corner Club in downtown Moscow, left the bar and stopped at a food truck, and then also returned home at about 1:45 a.m.

Police on Saturday said Mogen and Goncalves made multiple calls to a male they didn’t identify, and that information is part of an ongoing investigation.

Additionally, police said a person wearing a hooded sweatshirt and seen in a video at the food truck near Mogen and Goncalves shortly before they returned home is not involved in the crime.

Police said two other roommates who were in the house on the night of the killings had returned home at about 1 a.m. and slept through the attack, waking later that day. Police said one of their phones was used to call 911 from inside the residence at 11:58 a.m.

Authorities have said those two roommates were not involved in the killings.

The victims were found on the second and third floors of the six-bedroom home. Police said evidence led them to believe the students were targeted, though they haven’t given details. Investigators say nothing appears to have been stolen from the victims or the home. Police have said there was no sign of forced entry, and first responders found a door open when they arrived.

Online reports of the victims being tied and gagged are not accurate, according to Cpt. Roger Lanier.

Police have seized the contents of three dumpsters to locate possible evidence, and detectives have asked local businesses if they recently sold a fixed-blade knife.

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The Moscow Police Department said four detectives, five support staff and 24 patrol officers are working on the case.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has 22 investigators helping in Moscow, and 20 more agents assisting from outside the area.

The Idaho State Police has supplied 20 investigators, 15 troopers, and its mobile crime scene team.

Investigators are seeking surveillance video in the area of W Taylor Ave, West Palouse River Dr, Hwy 95 S to the 2700 block, and the Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Anyone with any video—regardless of motion or content—is urged to submit it to Moscow Police at or call the tip line at (208) 883-7180.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.