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Idaho Police Search For Vehicle Seen Near Home Where College Students Were Killed

Police believe the occupants of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra may have “critical information” to share about the ongoing investigation into the deaths of four University of Idaho college students.

By Jill Sederstrom
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Idaho police are asking the public for help identifying the owner of a car spotted near the home where four college students were stabbed to death.

Moscow Police announced Wednesday that they were interested in speaking to the occupant or occupants of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was spotted in the “immediate area” of the home on King Street “during the early morning hours of November 13,” around the same time that investigators 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.”

According to police, the vehicle’s license plate number is unknown.

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Investigators believe Xana Kernodle, 20; Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21; were killed in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 when they were “likely asleep” in the off-campus rental home on King Road.

Some of the victims had “defensive wounds,” but authorities have not revealed which victims. All four were stabbed “multiple times,” police said.

A Moscow police officer stands guard in his vehicle,

In the weeks since the brutal murders, investigators have been unable to identify a suspect or find the murder weapon.

They’ve encouraged the public to come forward with any information that might help the case.

“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 Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry and other members of the department began collecting and removing some of the victims’ personal belongings from the home that are no longer needed in the investigation.

Police said they plan to return the items to the victims’ families at a secure location.

“It’s time for us to get those things back that really mean something to those families and hopefully to help with some of their healing,” Fry said in video posted by the department on YouTube.

Fry said he wanted to personally help with the effort because as a father himself, he knows how important some of the personal belongings may be to the families.

“We’re at that point in the investigation where we’re still gathering information, we’re still gathering tips, we’re still gathering evidence, we’re still doing everything we need to do, but there also comes a point in time when the family needs to have those belongings back, the ones that we can get them back,” he said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the tip line at 208-883-7180 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.