Authorities confirmed Wednesday that two roommates were there in the house where four University of Idaho students were killed, but the 911 call wasn’t placed there until hours later.
The two roommates were at home when officers went to a call of an unconscious individual and found a horrifying murder that was “the worst they’ve ever seen,” according to City of Moscow Police Chief James Fry.
The most recent information was revealed at a press conference held by police and school officials, where Fry also changed his initial statement that the public was not in danger following the quadruple homicide to one that stressed how concerned the community should be about an ongoing threat.
“We cannot say that there is no threat to the community and as we have stated please stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times,” Fry warned.
He maintained police believed the slayings were an isolated and targeted attack.
Police are still looking for the suspect or suspects who are to blame for the horrific scene, according to Fry.
No murder weapon or reason has been identified. No evidence of a forced entrance was present.
As many students have left campus in preparation for Thanksgiving break, the killings of Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, shocked the school community.
According to Fry, the investigation is being supported by the FBI and the state police and involves at least 25 detectives.
The two roommates were female and are not thought to be suspects, an Idaho state police official told The Post after the news conference. The duo, according to the spokeswoman, were unharmed and cooperative with the authorities.
Fry made it clear during the news conference that although the two roommates were present inside the six-bedroom house, they were not necessarily witnesses to the crime. He remarked that he was unsure of the reason why the 911 call regarding the unconscious guy wasn’t made until that day’s noon.
Additionally, he would not clarify whether either roommate had dialed 911 and withheld any other details.
“We are looking at everyone, every tip we get, every lead we get, there’s no one that we’re not gonna talk to,” Fry said. “There’s no one that we’re not gonna interview, there’s no one that we’re not gonna look into.”
Prior to their return to their homes after 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, Chapin, Kernodle, Mogen, and Goncalves were reportedly at a campus party and a downtown bar, respectively, according to Fry. Although Fry noted that investigators are unsure if the door was left unlocked, no murder weapon has been discovered, and there are no indications of a forced entry at the residence.