Police officers haven’t been unable to verify studies that one of many slain University of Idaho college students, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, had a stalker.
“Investigators have looked extensively into information they received about Kaylee Goncalves having a stalker,” The Moscow Police Department said in an update on the investigation on Tuesday evening. “They have pursued hundreds of pieces of information related to this topic and have not been able to verify or identify a stalker.”
Police made the announcement after legislation enforcement officers mentioned earlier Tuesday that they had been trying into studies that Goncalves had a stalker.
“We’re aware of these various reports and we’re investigating,” Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell told ABC News.
More than every week after Goncalves and three other students — Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21 — had been stabbed to dying whereas they had been sleeping of their off-campus house, police haven’t arrested any suspects.
Snell mentioned that he remained “optimistic” that detectives will make a break within the case quickly — because the Moscow neighborhood lives in fear with the killer nonetheless on the free.
“There is a piece of evidence out there somewhere that’s gonna help us solve this case,” he mentioned.
“We continue to work hard and we want the community to know what we’re doing,” he added.
Kaylee’s mother and father, Steve and Kristi Goncalves, mentioned police advised them the killer was “sloppy” and left a mess of evidence. Police mentioned it seems that the victims had been focused though the motive stays unclear.
“It was a complex and terrible crime and it will take some time to resolve,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry warned on Monday.
“We believe they’re targeted because we take a totality of all the circumstances we’re looking at. Do we know any one person that was targeted?” Fry additionally mentioned. “We’re not able to say at this point in time due to our investigation, but we still believe that.”
Here’s the most recent protection on the brutal killings of 4 school buddies:
Police have received over 600 tips and carried out scores of interviews as investigators from a number of totally different companies have descended on town of about 25,000.
The 4 college students had been all killed between 3 and 4 in the morning whereas their two different surviving roommates had been sleeping in one other a part of the home, police mentioned.
“It tells me that someone came into the house with a comfort level — that they probably knew their way around the house,” Garrett mentioned.
The roommates, Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen, discovered their slain buddies and referred to as police simply earlier than midday on Nov 13. Police mentioned it seems the roommates contacted different buddies earlier than dialing 911.
“Multiple people talked with the 911 dispatcher before a Moscow Police officer arrived at the location,” officers mentioned. “Officers entered the residence and found the four victims on the second and third floors.”
Garrett advised ABC investigators ought to broaden their search past the victims’ instant circle of family and friends.
“You’re going to have to start spreading out to people they had just a casual relationship with,” he mentioned.