Idaho student murders: Moscow police chief warns residents to ‘stay vigilant’ during busy weekend

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Moscow Police Chief James Fry updates the public on the known facts surrounding the four murders that occurred on November 13th in Moscow, Idaho. (Moscow Police Department/Screenshot)

Idaho student murders: Moscow police chief warns residents to ‘stay vigilant’ during busy weekend

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Moscow Police Chief James Fry has warned residents to “stay vigilant” ahead of the University of Idaho’s winter commencement weekend, which draws an “influx of people.”

“With commencement this weekend, there will be an influx of people coming in from out of town. Moscow Police Department and Idaho State Police will provide coverage on campus and in the Moscow area,” said Fry on Saturday.

“As always, we want to remind the public to stay vigilant, travel in groups, and communicate with family and friends as you travel,” the MPD statement reads.


The warning comes as the police department concludes its fourth week of investigations into the quadruple stabbings of students Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen that occurred on Nov. 13. Two other students survived the attacks and have since been cleared as suspects by police.

MPD provided an update on Saturday, sharing that more than 10 investigators joined the team to look into the unsolved deaths. Nearly 50 local and federal FBI agents are also working on the case.

“We’re working steady on the investigation still. … We’re still pushing forward,” Fry said, adding that while they’re continuing to receive items and conduct interviews, there’s not much more to share at this point.

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Social media outlets have also blown up in recent weeks, particularly with true crime groups that have seemingly taken the matter into their own hands. Police have warned that the theories have led to the harassment of unnamed parties and are threatening criminal charges if web sleuths continue.

“Moscow Police Department cautions the public not to rely on rumors and remains committed to keeping the public informed,” read a Friday police statement.


Thus far, no suspects have been named in the investigation, and no weapon has been recovered.

MPD has also reached out to the community for any tips.

Any information can be shared with the tip line at 208-883-7180 or in an email to [email protected].

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