Idaho Police Will Give The Families Of The Dead College Students Their Belongings

The department said that on Wednesday, some of the personal items of the four University of Idaho students who were found dead last month will be given back to their families.

In a short video statement released Tuesday, Chief James Fry said, “It’s time for us to give those things back that really mean something to those families and hopefully help with some of their healing.”

“I’m a dad, so I know what some of those things mean,” Fry said when asked why he wanted to take part in the effort himself. The department said that “the investigation no longer needs” the things that are being taken away.

On November 13, three women who lived in the house off campus and one of the women’s boyfriends were found stabbed to death in the home in Moscow. This shook up a community that hadn’t seen a murder since 2015. Kaylee Goncalves, who was 21 years old, Madison Mogen, who was also 21, Xana Kernodle, who was 20, and Ethan Chapin, who was also 20, were all killed.

On Sunday, November 13, 2022, Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, and Madison Mogen were killed off the University of Idaho campus.

Idaho police will give the families of the dead college students their belongings.


Police haven’t found a suspect or the murder weapon, which they think is a knife, but a spokesman for the Idaho State Police said Tuesday morning that they have “a lot of good leads.”

Aaron Snell, a spokesman for the Idaho State Police, told media that they are still going through thousands of tips and leads. “We have good information that we’re working on,” he said about the case that has put the college town of Moscow on edge, even though no arrests have been made and no reason has been given.

Snell wouldn’t say what he meant by “quality leads and information.” His comments come at a time when some in the community and the families of the victims are upset that details about the investigation are coming out slowly.

Snell said that authorities haven’t offered or talked about a reward because they’re afraid it will make people less likely to give good tips in the future.

“When there’s a reward or money on the line, the number and quality of tips actually go down a little bit,” Snell said. People try to “give information that may not even be a good tip” just to see if they can get paid.

Moscow police said Monday that investigators have gotten more than 2,654 emails, 2,770 phone calls, and more than 1,080 “digital media submissions.”

When asked what would make this a “cold case,” Snell said, “We’re definitely not there.”

“We’re always getting better,” Snell said. “… But this is a criminal investigation, and as we move forward, we can’t always give that information.

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