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New Video Shows University Of Idaho Victims Walking Downtown Shortly Before They Were Killed
New footage shows the women reference a man named “Adam” as they walked along the sidewalk in downtown Moscow in the early morning hours of Nov. 13.
Newly released footage shows two of the University of Idaho victims walking in downtown Moscow hours before they were stabbed to death.
The surveillance video, provided to Fox News by the administrators of the Facebook group “University of Idaho Murders-Case Discussion,” appears to show Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, walking with an unidentified male in downtown Moscow.
“Maddie, what did you say to Adam?” one of the women asks in the video.
“Like, I told Adam everything,” the other woman responds.
Kaylee’s father, Steven Goncalves, told Fox News that the “Adam” the two girls mention in the footage is not considered a suspect in the quadruple homicide.
"We asked and did the obvious due diligence, and we looked into that, and it was pretty clear that this individual was not a part of the investigation as far as a suspect," he said.
The male seen walking in the footage with the women is believed to be the same man spotted near the college students later that night at a Grub Truck food truck before police said the pair got a ride from a “private party” and returned home just before 2 a.m.
Police previously announced that the man seen in the Grub Truck video is not believed to be involved in the murders, nor is the driver who took the sorority sisters home.
Investigators believe Mogen and Goncalves were stabbed to death — along with roommate Xana Kernodle, 20; and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20 — sometime between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. that morning in their off-campus rental home on King Road.
A dog and two other roommates, who survived, were not targeted in the grisly attack.
Kristine Cameron, one of the founders of the private Facebook group which has amassed more than 116,000 members, told Fox News they made the decision to release the new video clip in an effort to provide more context about the man seen with the women. The man was the subject of speculation by some internet sleuths after he was spotted near the women in the Grub Truck surveillance video.
“People are drawing the conclusion that he’s creepy from that [few] minutes, and I want to give a bigger picture,” Cameron said. “He wasn’t just staring at them… He was with them prior.”
Cameron added that there had been an “entire evening” before the few minutes were captured by the food truck’s surveillance footage.
“There’s more than just one timestamp that we have into that evening,” she said.
Robbie Johnson, a spokesperson for the Moscow Police, declined to address specific questions about the newly surfaced video to Oxygen.com, however, Capt. Roger Lanier addressed the critical role in general that video surveillance footage can play in the investigation in a video statement Monday.
“We have a special team of individuals who are skilled at watching videos, collecting evidence and information out of those videos and linking them together so that we can tie every piece together for this investigation,” he said.
To date, police said Monday that they have received 10,000 tips and leads in the case, including digital content.
“Digital submissions of tips and leads are not made public by investigators as part of the ongoing commitment to keep information safe because it can be a powerful tool in the investigation process,” authorities said.
Lanier warned the public against spreading unfounded rumors or speculation in the case in a video statement, saying it has been damaging to the victims and their families.
“A small piece of information that has speculation added to it just takes its own life on the internet and starts rumors and we find ourselves not only tracking those rumors down and trying to quell them, but also we see our tips that come in are geared more toward the rumor and not the facts that have been put out,” he said. “The really unfortunate part of it is the effect it’s had on the victims’ families, on the college students and friends of the victims, some of whom have had death threats, and constant harassment by various media outlets so it’ been devastating. In some ways, in many ways, it just re-victimizes folks who have already suffered this terrible trauma.”
In an update to the case released Friday, Moscow Police said they are searching through “a massive amount of digital data” they’ve received in the case from area businesses, residents and members of the public.
“The investigative pace will not slow down for the weekend or the holidays. And the departure of University of Idaho students returning home for winter break is not expected to cause any slowdown in the investigation,” police said.
Investigators are still asking for information about a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra spotted near the murder scene around the time investigators believe the college students were killed.
“Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case,” police said.
To date, no arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.