The person who attacked and killed four University of Idaho students in their beds last month is still out there four weeks after their classmates called 911.
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were killed between 3 and 4 a.m. on November 13 in a rental house on King Road, just off campus.
Police haven’t named any suspects or people of interest in public, but they say they’re getting “good tips and leads” even though there isn’t a reward for information. Even more so after they told the public about new information on Wednesday and asked for help finding the person or people who were in a white 2011–2013 Hyundai Elantra that was seen near the victims’ home around the time they were killed.
Police say that anyone in the Elantra could have “critical information to share” about the case.
Robbie Johnson, a police spokeswoman, was asked why there wasn’t a reward and if one was in the works. She said that police were already working through a steady stream of information about the four murders.
She told Fox News Digital, “Investigators continue to get good tips and leads, which is what they are focusing on right now.”
In fact, police said that after they said they were looking for information about the Elantra, they got so many calls that they asked the FBI to handle them.
“The global call centre has the resources to take these calls, sort them into categories, and send them to investigators so they can use these tips in the investigation,” the Moscow Police Department said Thursday.
Beyond that, there aren’t many details, but a retired NYPD sergeant and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Joseph Giacalone, says that police are probably making progress behind closed doors.
But a reward can give people a reason to come forward with information that investigators couldn’t get from the crime scene or other forensic efforts.
“The idea behind the reward is that you’re looking for a specific person who came home for the holidays and might have had bruises, cuts, or something else,” he told Fox News Digital. “The uncle who doesn’t like anyone is sitting at the Thanksgiving table and looking at the kid while saying, “There’s something wrong here.”
In the 1990s, a tip led Pat Diaz, a private investigator and former Miami-Dade homicide detective, to work on a high-profile child murder case that led to an arrest and conviction.He told Fox News Digital, “With all these detectives out there, one lucky lead is going to help you solve the case.”
Jimmy Ryce was kidnapped on his way home from school in 1995, and it took months for his kidnapper’s landlord and employer to suspect that he had stolen from her. When she looked through his trailer, she found the missing boy’s backpack and her gun, which had been used to kill the boy.
“She saw the flyer with my name and the reward, and she found a backpack,” he told Fox News Digital on Saturday. “She then phoned.”
Juan Carlos Chavez, who is 46, was put in jail. He told police where the boy’s body was and was later put to death.
Paul Mauro, a lawyer and retired NYPD inspector who has been following the case closely, said, “I would give out the reward now while they still have staff.”
The number of investigators on the task force will go down over time, and he was worried that if a reward was offered late in the process, there might not be enough people left to “separate the wheat from the chaff.”
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