MOSCOW, Idaho. Eleven days after the horrific stabbing of four University of Idaho students, Moscow has turned into a ghost town.
It was a gloomy Thanksgiving, with most of the shops on Main Street closed except for the gym. Many students have gone home to spend the holidays with their families or to distance themselves from the shocking unsolved murders.
A makeshift memorial has been erected outside Mad Greek to commemorate the victims. It is one of several that have appeared in the city and on campus.
Two victims worked there, 21-year-old Madison Mogen and 20-year-old Xana Kernodl. In the flyer box asking for advice.
“I don’t know what to say, except that you were wonderful individuals who did not deserve this,” the note said.
The two women, as well as Ethan Chapin, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death in their sleep on November 13 between 3 and 4 a.m. in a rented house where the three young women lived with two other roommates who were not safe. Suffered. Chapin was Cairnodle’s boyfriend and stayed the night.
A woman who works at a cafe near the Moscow Police Department said she didn’t expect anyone else to be open on the holiday.
Several vehicles passed through the area. Most of the parking lots were empty.
But investigators were seen working during the holiday, getting up late in the morning.
FBI agents and officers in uniform have come and gone. A man in civilian clothes briefly left the entrance, said that the police headquarters was “crammed” inside, and returned through the locked front doors.
Two people arrived to leave the donut boxes, and at one point a truck arrived to refuel the mobile command post, which had been in a closed parking lot behind the police station earlier in the day.
Moscow police chief James Fry did not immediately respond to questions about Thanksgiving staffing, but at a briefing on Wednesday, authorities said they planned to continue the investigation over the course of the holiday.
Aaron Snell, director of communications for the Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital Thursday that investigators will be on duty around the clock, Thanksgiving and holiday weekends.
“We have a lot of detectives who are still working, FBI agents who are still working,” he said. “They will work this holiday and weekends.”
Lata County sheriff’s deputies stood guard outside the victims’ home, not far from campus. Behind them, the front door was sealed with pink tape, marked and timed for each interrogator who went inside.
Crime scene tape remains around the property where the shutters were closed. The victims’ cars were still parked outside on Thursday morning.
And the investigators have their own work. A classmate told Fox News Digital on Wednesday that the victims lived in a notorious “party house” that dozens of friends could have passed through in the days before the murder, making it difficult to gather DNA evidence at the scene.
“Last week they could have had a party with 40-50 people, so the evidence, all of this stuff is getting very suspicious,” said Joseph Giacalone, an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a retired NYPD sergeant. . Fox News Digital. “Because of the dynamics of what you’re dealing with here, you have to rely on phone records, internet records, and security footage to try and piece it all together.”
The police have not publicly identified any suspects or persons of interest.
But they ruled out two roommates who were downstairs at the time of the murders, a man who appeared on CCTV video at the food truck at the same time as Gonçalves and Mogen shortly before they returned home, a “private party” driver. who took them to the house, Gonçalves’ ex-boyfriend and a group of friends who were present at the house on Sunday morning when the first 911 call was made.
On Wednesday, police said they had taken 4,000 photographs and collected 103 “evidence”.
They also said that as part of the investigation, detectives seized the contents of three dumpsters on King Road.
They are asking anyone with surveillance footage in the area to pass it on.
They did not find the murder weapon and were unable to confirm reports that Goncalves had a stalker prior to the attack.
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“Kaley mentioned that she had a stalker, but detectives were unable to confirm this claim,” police said in a statement. “Investigators are asking anyone with information about a potential stalker or unusual cases to contact the hotline.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the hotline at 208-883-7180 or write to [email protected]