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University of Idaho murder: Police say they continue to investigate whether one of the students killed had a stalker





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Three weeks later four Idaho college students found stabbed to death in a house off campus, Moscow police said they were still looking into the possibility that one of the victims had a stalker.

Police outlined a situation in October when a man appeared to be following Kaylee Goncalves, one of the victims, outside a local business, according to a press release from the department. Police said this was an isolated incident, the man and an associate were trying to meet the women at the property, which police said was corroborated through additional investigation. . It’s not an ongoing stalking pattern. There is currently no evidence linking the two men to the murder, the statement said.

Last month, investigators “extensively” reviewed hundreds of reports about Goncalves’ stalking, but were “unable to verify or identify the stalker,” police said.

Police are still seeking advice from the public regarding information regarding a possible stalker.

“Investigators continue to look for information that Kaylee has a stalker. Information about a potential stalker or unusual incidents will be passed through the Tip Stream,” according to the release.

Goncalves, 21, with roommates Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20; as well as Kernodle’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, who doesn’t live in the house, was found dead November 13, Police initially said the murder took place after 1:45 a.m., but no one called 911 until noon that same day. inside updated release Second, police said the surviving roommates called friends to the home because they believed one of the victims was unconscious and didn’t wake up. This caused someone, using the cell phone of one of the surviving roommates, to call 911 for an unconscious person. Police arrived and found all four victims whose cause and manner of death was ruled four days later to have been killed with a knife, the statement said.

an investigator determined The four victims were all stabbed multiple times and were likely asleep when the attacks began, police said. Local, state and federal investigators are all working to find the suspect. Moscow police spokesman Rachael Doniger told CNN last week that they are starting to receive forensic test results from the crime scene.

On Saturday, Moscow police said they had received more than 2,000 email tips, phone tips and more than 1,000 submissions to an FBI link. The murders have worried the town of Moscow, with 26,000 residents, because it hasn’t recorded a single murder since 2015.

At this point in the investigation, the police No suspect or murder weapon found, is said to be a knife. Police also did not release the names of the surviving roommates who are believed to have been in the home at the time of the murder. CNN did not report their names until they were publicly identified in a memorial service Sunday when a pastor reads letters written by two roommates – identified as Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke.

In letters read aloud on Sunday, Mortensen and Funke wrote how they will miss the victims and how much they mean to them as roommates and friends.

“My life has been greatly affected by meeting these four beautiful people,” the pastor read in Mortensen’s letter. “My people have changed my life in so many ways and made me very happy. I know it would be difficult without the four of them in our lives, but I know Xana, Ethan, Maddie, and Kaylee would want us to live a happy life and they want us to celebrate their lives. .”

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