Murdered Idaho College Students: The bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee GonCalves, 21, were found dead in an apartment near the campus of the University of Idaho on Sunday
The four students from the University of Idaho who were found dead earlier this week have had their causes of death officially determined by a coroner in the state of Idaho. Sunday brought the tragic news that the bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee GonCalves, 21, had been discovered in an off-campus residence.
According to a notification that was published on Thursday by the Moscow Police Department and shared on Facebook by Latah County Coroner Catherine Mabbutt, all four victims died as a result of being stabbed. Homicide was determined to be the cause of each of their deaths. The request for comment that PEOPLE made to Mabbutt was not immediately met with a response.
She mentioned to NBC News that investigators have a strong suspicion that a huge knife was utilized. She stated that the weapon couldn’t have been something like a pocket knife because of the circumstances. “Had I used it, I would have needed a larger knife.” Mabbutt, who served as a coroner for sixteen years, commented to the publication that the victims’ wounds “were very significant,” and that the crime scene was unlike anything else she had seen or been a part of in the past.
She remarked, “We have had several killings in the past, but nothing like this with four college kids.” “We have had multiple homicides in the past.”
The findings of the toxicology tests on the victims are not yet available. While appearing on TODAY, the prosecutor for Latah County, Bill Thompson, mentioned that it’s probable there are other people involved. “In this stage of the investigation, the detectives are considering all of the possibilities. They do not have a single suspect in mind at this time, “he stated. “We are hopeful that any information from the public can help us replicate everyone’s activity,” said the spokesperson.
According to NBC News, a neighbor said that the residence was occupied by Mogen, Goncalves, and Kernodle and that Chapin and Kernodle were romantically involved. The authorities have also said that the victims had two additional roommates who they think were at home at the time of the crimes but were not injured in any way. Thompson has stated that they are not suspects in the case.
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According to Moscow Mayor Art Bettge, who spoke with Fox News about the incident, the criminal act took place between 3 and 4 in the morning on Sunday, but it wasn’t reported to the police until midday. According to Fox News, he confirmed that the reason behind the killings was still being investigated, but he said that it could have been a “crime of passion” or a “burglary gone wrong.”
“It might have been a burglary gone wrong, a robbery went wrong, or any other one of a multitude of other possible outcomes. Any one of them is a possibility, and the absence of one does not rule out the others “According to sources from Fox News, Better stated. “It is impossible to understand the senselessness of events like this, and we are all seeking answers that are not yet available,” Better said in a statement. “We all are searching for answers that are not yet available.”
James Fry, the Chief of Police in Moscow, spoke at a news conference on Wednesday and stated, “At this time, we do not have a suspect, and the man who committed the crime is still at large. We are unable to state unequivocally that there is no danger to the community.”
He emphasized that everyone in the community ought to “remain vigilant.”