Idaho student murders: Search for mystery car tied to crime scene goes international

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FILE – Officers investigate the deaths of four University of Idaho students at an apartment complex south of campus on Nov. 14, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho. It’s been nearly three weeks since four University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death in a home near campus, but there are still more questions than answers surrounding the investigation. (Zach Wilkinson/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP, File) Zach Wilkinson/AP

Idaho student murders: Search for mystery car tied to crime scene goes international

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The search for a mystery car spotted near the King Roads house in Moscow, Idaho, where four college students were murdered last month, has gone international.

Border patrol agents on the Canadian border have been told to keep a lookout for a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra after the described car was spotted near the house by a neighbor at 3 a.m. on the day of the murders. The sighting matches the time University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin, and Xana Kernodle were stabbed to death in their beds.


A spokesperson for Border Patrol confirmed to Fox News that agents in the ports near Canada were looking out for the vehicle. Agents with the Canada Border Services Agency are also monitoring the border for the car.

“The CBSA works closely with Canadian and US law enforcement partners to ensure the safety and security of our shared border. This includes cooperating on activities such as identifying wanted persons,” a CBSA spokesperson told the outlet.

Although the driver of the car has not been identified as a suspect in the quadruple homicide, police officials believe the driver could have “critical information” that would help the investigation.

Details about the car are limited besides the make and model, with the license plate unknown. No information on the driver has been released either. However, officials have asked the public to contact the FBI tipline if the car has been spotted near or around the city on the day of or days preceding the homicide.

“Your information, whether you believe it is significant or not, might be the piece of the puzzle that helps investigators solve these murders,” police said in a press release on Wednesday.


It has been three weeks since the quadruple homicide of Goncalves, Mogen, Chapin, and Kernodle. The four students were killed in their sleep on Nov. 13 on the second and third floors of a house shared by three of the victims, and two survivors. Both survivors have been cleared as suspects by police officials.

No suspects have been named in the investigation, and no murder weapon has been recovered, prompting frustration from parents on the slow nature of the investigation.

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