Mystery Surrounds Idaho Student Killings as Police Have No Suspects

The homicides of four University of Idaho students remain a mystery as police said this week that they still have no suspects in the case.

"We are working to follow-up on all leads and to identify a person of interest," Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry said on Wednesday. "Based on details at the scene we believe this was an isolated, targeted attack on our victims. We do not have a suspect at this time and that individual is still out there."

The comments by Fry come just a few days after the Moscow Police Department first announced that officers discovered four homicide victims on Sunday morning at a residence near the University of Idaho.

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On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, police in Moscow, Idaho actively investigate the homicides of four students near the University of Idaho. Larry W. Smith/Getty Images digicomphoto/Getty Images

"These individuals have been identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee GonCalves, 21, Rathdrum, Idaho. All four victims were students at the University of Idaho. Please respect the privacy of the victims' family, friends, and loved ones as the Moscow Police Department investigates this tragic event," the Moscow Police Department said in a press release obtained by Newsweek on Monday.

In the press release from Monday, the Moscow Police Department said that they do not believe there is an "ongoing community risk." However, during the press conference on Wednesday, Chief Fry said "We cannot say that there is no threat to the community and as we have stated, please stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times."

"What we don't know," Fry said. "The identity and location of the suspect, the location of the knife or any clothing that was worn by the suspect. Currently we have 25 plus investigators working this case, as well as assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Idaho State Police."

During the press conference, Fry also revealed some new information about the case.

"We have learned that Ethan and Xana were at a party on campus. And Madison and Kaylee were at a downtown bar. They arrived home sometime after 1:45," Fry said. "We know these homicides occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 13. Around noon, Moscow officers received a call of an unconscious person."

Fry also said that police discovered that the four victims were all stabbed with a knife, but noted that no weapon was found and there were no signs of forced entry at the residence.

University of Idaho President Scott Green also spoke during the press conference and said that the crimes allegedly committed against the four students "is simply beyond comprehension."

Newsweek reached out to the Moscow Police Department for further comment.