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Idaho murders: Investigators work through Thanksgiving Day as college town shuts down

MOSCOW, Idaho — Eleven days after four University of Idaho students were killed by gruesome stabbings, Moscow has become a ghost town.

It was a sad Thanksgiving day, with almost all businesses closed on Main Street – except for the gym. Many of the students had gone home to spend the holidays with family, or to distance themselves from horrific unsolved killings.

Outside Mad Greek, a temporary memorial honors the victims. It’s one of many that have popped up around town and on campus.

Two of the victims, Madison Mougin, 21, and Zanna Kernodel, 20, had been working there. In the window is a flyer asking the audience for tips.

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The four victims of the University of Idaho killings on November 13, 2022.
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One of the notes read: “I don’t know what to say other than that you were amazing people who didn’t deserve this.”

The two women, along with Ethan Chapin, 20, and Kylie Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death in their sleep on November 13 between 3 and 4 a.m. in a rented home where the three young women lived with two roommates who were not. damaged. Chapin was a friend of Kernodle’s and stayed that night.

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A woman who works in the café near the Moscow police headquarters said she did not expect anyone else to be open on holiday.

A few cars passed through the area. Most of the parking lots were empty.

Mourners left notes at temporary memorials across town and on campus for the four dead University of Idaho students.

Mourners left notes at temporary memorials across town and on campus for the four dead University of Idaho students.
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But the detectives were seen working during the holiday, and started working late in the morning.

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FBI people and uniformed officers came and went. A man in civilian clothes stepped forward for a moment, said the police headquarters was “crowded” inside, and returned through closed front doors.

Members of the FBI team arrive at the Moscow, Idaho, Police Department on Thanksgiving Day after a joint killing.

Members of the FBI team arrive at the Moscow, Idaho, Police Department on Thanksgiving Day after a joint killing.
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Two people arrived to drop off donut boxes, and at one point a truck arrived to put fuel at the mobile command post, which was stationed in the walled parking lot behind the police station at the start of the day.

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Moscow Police Chief James Frey did not immediately respond to questions about the Thanksgiving staff, but at a press conference on Wednesday, authorities said they plan to continue the investigation through the holiday.

Moscow, Idaho, cruisers in the police station parking lot on Thanksgiving Day.  Uniformed officers and members of the FBI were seen coming and going on the morning of the holiday.

Moscow, Idaho, cruisers in the police station parking lot on Thanksgiving Day. Uniformed officers and members of the FBI were seen coming and going on the morning of the holiday.
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Aaron Snell, director of communications for the Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital Thursday that detectives will be on duty around the clock on Thanksgiving and through the weekend.

“We have many detectives who continue to work, FBI agents who continue to work,” he said. “They will work during this holiday and over the weekend.”

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Outside the victims’ home near campus, Latah County sheriff’s deputies stood guard. Behind them, a pink ribbon closed off the front door, marked and time-stamped for each income investigator.

A deputy from Latah County watches the crime scene on Thanksgiving morning.

A deputy from Latah County watches the crime scene on Thanksgiving morning.
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Crime scene tape still exists around the property, as the blinds have been closed. The victims’ cars were still parked outside Thursday morning.

And the investigators cut their work on them. A classmate told Fox News Digital Wednesday that the victims lived in a well-known “party house,” where dozens of friends would have passed in the days leading up to the murder, complicating the collection of DNA evidence at the scene.

The backyard of the off-campus home where the victims were killed can be seen through police tape.

The backyard of the off-campus home where the victims were killed can be seen through police tape.
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Joseph Giacalone, Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York Retired New York Police Sergeant, for Fox News Digital. “Because of the dynamics of what you’re dealing with here, you have to rely on phone records, internet records, and surveillance video to try to piece this thing together.”

Police have not publicly identified any suspects or persons of interest.

But they exclude the two roommates who were downstairs at the time of the murder, a man who appeared on surveillance video in a food truck at the same time as Goncalves and Mugen shortly before they went home, the “private party” driver who took them home, Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend and a group of friends who were present at the home Sunday morning when the initial 911 call was made.

University of Idaho victims Maddy Maugen and Kylie Goncalves are seen in video footage hours before they were killed.

University of Idaho victims Maddy Maugen and Kylie Goncalves are seen in video footage hours before they were killed.
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Police said Wednesday that they had taken 4,000 photos and collected 103 “evidence”.

They also said detectives seized the contents of three containers on King Road as part of the investigation.

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They are asking anyone with surveillance photos in the surrounding area to turn them in.

They did not recover the murder weapon and were unable to confirm reports that Goncalves had been stalked prior to the attack.

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“Kylie mentioned the existence of a stalker, but investigators were unable to confirm the authenticity of the statement,” the police said in a statement. “Investigators are asking anyone with information about a potential stalker, or unusual cases, to call the tip line.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the tipline at 208-883-7180 ​​or email [email protected]

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