The Moscow Police Department issued an update to its investigation on Friday to clear up rumors, report on the information gathered via its tip line, and ask for more help from the community. This comes as Gov. Brad Little directed up to $1 million in state emergency funds toward the investigation headed by four detectives, 24 patrol officers, and 22 FBI investigators.
Over 260 digital tips have been submitted via the FBI link associated with the incident so far. The department is still soliciting tips and video in particular via its tip line: 208-883-7180 and [email protected] from the hours of 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Police also addressed the rumored connections between a 1999 double stabbing in Pullman, Washington, and the 2021 double stabbing in Salem, Oregon, and its most recent case on the student murders.
“While these cases share similarities with the King Street homicides, there does not appear to be any evidence to support the cases are related,” a police statement read.
There is no suspect named in the case, with the murder weapon also still not found. While police have ruled out the two roommates that were in the apartment that same night as suspects, they have not released a profile on who the suspect might be. Idaho State Police Communications Director Aaron Snell said in an interview that that is on purpose.
“It will potentially put more fear, more suspicion on a wide variety of people versus if we use that to really refine where we’re at in our investigation,” Snell explained when asked why a profile hasn’t been released. “I think that will be more pertinent.”
A vigil in remembrance of Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, is set for Nov. 30 on the University of Idaho campus.