After four students were stabbed in Moscow, Idaho, there have been more questions than answers, and police say they can’t keep the community safe.
In an update on Wednesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said that two other roommates were in the house at the time of the incident, but they were not hurt or taken hostage. Fry also said that Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were at a party on campus when they died, while Maddy Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were at a downtown bar.
But no one had called 911 as of noon on Sunday. Frye didn’t say who called 911, but two people were in the house when the murder happened and when the police arrived. Fry also wouldn’t know whether the two had talked to the police. He said, “We don’t talk about what they know and don’t know.” He said the call was to an unconscious person, not someone who had been stabbed.
The boss also said there were no signs that the door was broken open. Fry noted that all four people had been killed with a knife, even though there were no guns at the scene. Fry said that as of Wednesday night, they didn’t know who the suspects were or where they were. “We can’t say that the community isn’t in danger, and as we’ve said before, please stay alert, report anything that seems odd, and always be aware of your surroundings,” Frye said.
Fry’s comments came a day after Moscow’s police department said in a press release that the public was not in danger and that evidence showed it was a “targeted attack.”
Moscow, a city of about 25,000 people on the border of Idaho and Washington, is furious about the killings and the lack of information. State police say there hasn’t been a murder in the college town since 2015. Scott Mikolajczyk, a deputy for the sheriff in Latta County, told the Idaho Statesman that people there are worried and “getting out of Dodge.” In a statement released Wednesday, the father of one of the victims asked police to tell the public more about the killing.
In a statement, Ethan Chapin’s father, Jim Chapin, said, “The lack of information from the University of Idaho and local police only fuels false rumors and innuendo in the media and on social media.” “This silence comes after our son was killed.
Made our family’s pain even worse. On behalf of Ethan and his three close friends who were killed in Moscow, Idaho, and all of our families, I urge officials to tell the truth, share what they know, find the attacker, and protect the larger community.
In a statement released Monday, University of Idaho President Scott Green sent his condolences and agreed with police that there was no threat to the public. “Based on what they learned during the first investigation, Moscow Police don’t think there’s a threat to the community right now.
But we ask our staff to be understanding and flexible and to work with students who want to go home and spend time with their families.” He says. “We don’t know how long the investigation will take, but we’ll keep in touch with the campus as soon as we find out more.
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Green said Wednesday that the university is telling students and teachers to take care of themselves before the Thanksgiving break. Blaine Eckles, the university’s provost, said that on November 30, there would be a vigil with candles. He said that the details are not yet set in stone.
CNN has asked the school for comments and more information about the case. It’s crazy how little people know. Latta County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told CNN affiliate KXLY what she saw at the horrible crime scene.
“There was a lot of blood in the apartment, and finding four dead college students in their dorm room was a very scary sight,” she said. Mabbutt said that an upcoming autopsy might tell them more about what happened. “Some of the evidence we got from the suspect’s body during the autopsy could help,” Marbut said.