Idaho Police Seize Five Cars As Investigation Into Student Murders Deepens

Police investigating the murder of four University of Idaho students have taken away five vehicles to examine.

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin were found dead in an off-campus rental house on November 13.

The three women lived there with two other roommates, who police do not believe were involved, and Chapin was visiting.

In a news release on Tuesday, the Moscow Police Department said detectives had moved five vehicles away from outside the house “to a more secure long-term storage location to continue processing evidence.”

Police have not confirmed who owns the five vehicles.

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The University of Idaho community mourns the loss of four students through a spontaneous memorial at the entrance to the campus.
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The vehicles—a Land Rover, Range Rover, Chevy, Jeep Wrangler and Ford Explorer—have been parked outside the house since the night of the killings, according to Court TV reporter Chanley Painter.

“All five of these vehicles have been sitting in these exact locations since we’ve been in town,” Painter said in a report on Tuesday.

“We’ve seen investigators come out and search these vehicles while they’ve been here at the crime scene.”

The University of Idaho has planned candlelight vigils that will take place simultaneously at its campuses and other locations across Idaho to honor the four slain students on Wednesday.

The vigil at the University of Idaho’s Moscow campus will take place in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) while another is scheduled at the University of Idaho Boise in front of the Water Center at 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

“Please join us from where you are, individually or as a group, to help us light up Idaho,” the university said on its website. “Light a candle, turn on stadium lights, or hold a moment of silence with us as we unite on campus.”

It comes as police have not named a suspect in the killings more than two weeks after they occurred, rocking the small college town that has not seen a homicide since 2015.

Police have said they believe the killings were targeted, but have not specified why they think that.

On November 13, police said Goncalves and Mogen arrived home around 1:56 a.m. after getting a ride home from a private party. Police said they had been at a local bar and a food truck earlier that night.

Investigators determined Kernodle and Chapin had been at a fraternity house before returning home around 1:45 a.m, while the two surviving roommates who were also out in Moscow that night got home at around 1 a.m.

The two roommates slept through the attack, police said, and summoned friends to the residence in the morning because they believed one of the victims had passed out and was not waking up.

One of their cell phones was used to make a 911 call requesting aid at 11:58 a.m.

Officers arrived to find two of the victims on the second floor and the other two on the third floor. Police have said the roommates and people who were in the residence when the 911 call was made are not believed to be involved in the crime.

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