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Family Of University Of Idaho Victim Hoping To Raise Money To Offer Reward In Homicide Investigation
“The money raised will go directly to getting us answers as well as helping to pay for Kaylee’s final arrangements and her celebration of life on Dec. 30,” Kaylee Goncalves mother said Sunday.
The family of one of the University of Idaho victims killed last month at an off-campus rental house is hoping to raise money to offer a reward in the case.
Kaylee Goncalves’ mother, Kristi Goncalves, told Fox News on Sunday that the family is hoping by offering a financial incentive, someone may come forward with information in the case that leads to an arrest.
“Our family would like to fundraise in hopes to offer a reward, and possibly hire a private investigator if that becomes necessary,” she said.
Goncalves said the family plans to raise the money through a GoFundMe campaign set up by Goncalves’ former boss Jeremiah Shea, in addition to another crowd-funding campaign on GiveSendGo started by family friend Brooke Miller.
“The money raised will go directly to getting us answers as well as helping to pay for Kaylee’s final arrangements and her celebration of life on Dec. 30,” Kristi said.
Robbie Johnson, a police spokeswoman, told the news outlet that authorities had yet to offer a financial reward in the case because they were already receiving information from the public.
“Investigators continue to get good tips and leads and are focusing on those at this time,” Johnson said.
No arrests have been made in the case nearly a month after Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found fatally stabbed to death inside an off-campus rental home at 1122 King Road.
According to Moscow Police, the victims were stabbed “multiple times” in their sleep.
Last week, police announced that they were interested in speaking with the occupant or occupants of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra spotted in the “immediate area” of the murder scene in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, around the same time that police believe the four college students were killed.
“Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case,” police said. “If you know of or own a vehicle matching this description, or know of anyone who may have been driving this vehicle on the days preceding or the day of the murders, please forward that information to the Tip Line.”
Police said last week that after making the plea, they received a “spike” in the number of tips they received.
As a result of the “volume of calls with tip and leads coming in” about the vehicle, police said the tip line is now being directed to an FBI call center, where authorities have more resources to “take those calls categorize them, and send them to investigators.”
The Moscow Police Department is expected to provide a new update to the case on Monday, NewsNation reports.