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'Critical' Lab Results From Idaho Student Murders Fail to Identify Killer

Newsweek 11/29/2022 Anna Skinner
Idaho State Police Forensics on scene at the house where four University of Idaho students were found murdered. © City of Moscow Police Department via Facebook Idaho State Police Forensics on scene at the house where four University of Idaho students were found murdered.

Police still don't know who brutally killed four University of Idaho students, and after over two weeks since the quadruple homicide, police are collecting more evidence.

Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found dead in their beds in a rental house off-campus in Moscow, Idaho, on November 13. Mogen, Kernodle and Goncalves were housemates, and Chapin was Kernodle's boyfriend.

Five girls lived in the house, and Court TV reporter Chanley Painter said police are continuing to keep many of the investigation's details quiet even as they planned on Tuesday to seize five cars parked outside the house since the night of the murders.

Police have started receiving results from evidence sent to a state crime lab, although the results haven't led them to identifying a suspect yet. Only some of the tests have come back at this time.

"It's been very critical behind the scenes in helping them narrow it down to identifying the suspect," Painter said of the lab results.

Police may search for more evidence after seizing the cars parked outside the house. Painter said police won't release any details on who owns the cars or if they belong to the girls living in the house.

The cars consist of two sedans, one white and one blue, a Jeep Wrangler, a Ford Explorer and a Range Rover.

Painter confirmed that police have already searched all five cars but will return to collect them and tow them to an undisclosed location to further process them and forensically analyze the vehicles. The cars will then be stored long-term.

A police spokesperson wouldn't confirm whether any of the victims owned the cars.

Police have already interviewed hundreds of people, but the number of interviews is seeing an "uptick" according to Painter.

As students return to campus after the Thanksgiving break, more are coming forward to participate in interviews with the police about the investigation.

One piece of the investigation Painter said police are still trying to learn more about is a gap in time between when Kernodle and Chapin left a party at Chapin's fraternity Sigma Chi and when they arrived back home. The couple allegedly left the party around 9 p.m. November 12 but didn't arrive home until 1:45 a.m. November 13.

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Painter said police don't know what occurred during that gap and are continuing to interview students who live at Sigma Chi or were attending the party for more information.

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