Idaho police decline to say why quadruple slaying was targeted: ‘You’ll have to trust us on that’

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MOSCOW, Idaho – Moscow police said in the immediate aftermath of a quadruple kill near the University of Idaho, that the killings were an “isolated, targeted incident,” but declined to say which of the four victims were targeted or why they believe that to be true.

“First and foremost, we have the integrity of the investigation to preserve, and we feel that information is an integral part of us and how we conduct our investigation,” Moscow Police Capt. Roger Lanier told reporters Wednesday, 10 days after the killings.

Police are searching a home in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were killed in a quadruple homicide.

Police are searching a home in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were killed in a quadruple homicide.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Fox News correspondent Dan Springer pointed out that releasing information to the public about who was targeted and why could improve the quality of tips that authorities receive.

“We have told the public very clearly from the beginning that we believe it was a targeted attack,” Lanier replied. “To be honest, you’re going to have to trust us at this point because we’re not going to release why we think that.”

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Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death between 3:00 and 4:00 on November 13 in a three-story residence just a few blocks from the University of Idaho campus.

Former Miami-Dade County homicide detective Pat Diaz said the circumstances of the attack also lead him to believe the victims were targeted.

“This was no accident,” Diaz told Fox News Digital. “I think they were targeted. I think they saw them or they’ve seen them around.”

From left, University of Idaho student Ethan Chapin, 20;  Xana Kernodle, 20;  Madison Mogen, 21;  and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.

From left, University of Idaho student Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
(Jazzmin Kernodle via AP/Instagram/ @kayleegoncalves)

The police have have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon, although they are looking for a “fixed blade knife.” All four victims were stabbed multiple times and some had defensive wounds.

“Everybody’s screaming with a knife,” Diaz said. “They’re going to scream like there’s no tomorrow.”

Police cordoned off a large area behind the home on Monday, including a parking lot and wooded area. Diaz said waiting eight days to expand the crime scene may have been a mistake, noting that officers should have canvassed the entire area and used cell tower data to figure out who was home and when.

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Several people have been ruled out as suspects in the investigation, including Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend, both surviving roommates, the person who drove Goncalves and Mogen home that night, and a person seen on surveillance video standing behind the women at a diner. truck hours before they were murdered.

Investigators are seen searching a parking lot behind the house in Moscow, Idaho, where four people were killed on Nov. 13.

Investigators are seen searching a parking lot behind the house in Moscow, Idaho, where four people were killed on Nov. 13.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Flowers and a teddy bear sit as a memorial at the house where four students were murdered in Moscow, Idaho.

Flowers and a teddy bear sit as a memorial at the house where four students were murdered in Moscow, Idaho.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

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Moscow Police Chief James Frye urged patience as authorities continue to find evidence.

“We still believe there is more information to be gathered that will continue to create a window through which we view this case,” Frye told reporters. “We all want to understand why this happened and what drove someone to do this.”

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