Idaho college murders: Moscow police say no evidence Kaylee Goncalves had stalker as quadruple homicide investigation continues : Post idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho — Police in Moscow, Idaho, said they were unable to verify or identify the stalker of one of the killed University of Idaho students, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves.

“Investigators have carefully reviewed the information received about stalker Kaylee Goncalves. They searched through hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and were unable to verify or identify the stalker,” the Moscow police said. “If you have information that could help detectives, please contact the hotline at 208-883-7180 ​​or email [email protected]

The update comes after authorities said earlier in the day that they were aware of reports that Goncalves possibly had a stalker.

“We are aware of these various reports and are investigating,” Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell told ABC News on Tuesday.

Other students killed in an off-campus home in the early hours of November 13 include Ethan Chapin, 20; Chapin’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, and Goncalves’ longtime best friend, 21-year-old Madison Mogen.

While no suspect has been in custody for more than a week after the four students were stabbed to death, Snell said he remained “optimistic”.

“There is evidence out there somewhere that will help us solve this case,” he said.

Community members are afraid, Snell said, but they are also patient. While police cannot release certain information, Snell said: “We’re still working hard and we want the community to know what we’re doing.”

More than 100 investigators, officers and support staff provided about 600 leads, officials said on Sunday. According to the Moscow police department, as the tips poured in, each was processed, checked and cleaned.

Investigators said they are looking for surveillance footage and are seeking guidance from anyone who “observed suspicious behavior”.

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Investigators also released a timetable detailing the whereabouts of the victims and other students who lived in an off-campus home.

ABC News contributor and former FBI agent Brad Garrett told Good Morning America on Monday that the killer or killers may have known the layout of the house.

“It tells me that someone entered the house with comfort – that they probably knew their way around the house,” Garrett said.

The Moscow Police Department said it had engaged four detectives, 24 patrol officers and five support staff members in the investigation. They were joined by a wave of outside investigators who took over Moscow, a university city of around 25,000.

According to local police, the FBI sent 22 investigators to Moscow. Another 20 agents worked on the case, but located in Treasure Valley, Idaho; Salt Lake City, Utah; and West Virginia. Police said two members of the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Unit were also working on the case.

The murder weapon is still missing, police said.

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According to police, two roommates were home at the time of the murder and appeared to have slept through the crimes.

Police said that on November 13, a 911 call was made from inside the house from the cell phone of one of the surviving roommates. Roommates told authorities that someone had passed out and would not wake up.

“Many people spoke to the 911 dispatcher before a Moscow police officer arrived on the scene,” officials said. “Officers entered the apartment and found four victims on the second and third floors.”

Garrett said investigators should extend their search beyond the immediate circle of friends and family of the victims.

“You’re going to have to start spreading to people with whom they’ve only had a casual relationship,” he said.

Emily Shapiro, Kayna Whitworth, Connor Burton, John Capell, Melissa Gaffney, Marilyn Heck, Izzy Alvarez and Flor Tolentino contributed to this report.

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