The coroner, with 16 years of experience, highlighted the magnitude of the injuries caused to the victims
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The four University of Idaho students found dead on Sunday, November 13, in a outside the campus, they were stabbed to death, Latah County Coroner Catherine Mabbutt confirmed, adding that the killer used a knife or other “sharp weapon.”
Police in the town of Moscow have ruled the deaths of Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, 20, as well as Madison Moge and Kaylee GonCalves, 21. This completely ruled out the version of an alleged suicide.
Although Mabbutt Without commenting after the technical report, she told NBC News earlier in the day that authorities suspect the use of a large weapon in the attack, “not a pocket knife.” The coroner, with 16 years of experience, also highlighted the magnitude of the injuries caused to the victims, as “they were quite extensive.” Also, the crime scene was like nothing I had ever experienced before.
“We have had multiple murders in the past, but nothing like this with four university students,” Mabbut said. Furthermore, the toxicology results of the victims are still pending.
One of the hypotheses of the crime, which occurred in the middle of Sunday morning, is the possibility of a robbery attempt gone wrong, according to the authorities.
The Latah County Attorney Bill Thompson said there may be several suspects in the crime, but so far no specific ones have been named. For this reason, he asked people with some type of information to clarify the murder, to contact the authorities.
“Right now, the researchers are looking at all the possibilities. They don't have a specific suspect,” the prosecutor said. “We really look forward to any input from people to help recreate everyone's activities.”
On the other hand, a local resident told NBC News that Mogen, Goncalves and Kernodle lived in the house where the massacre occurred. He specified that Chapin and Kernodle were dating.
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In addition, authorities believe that two other housemates were at the scene but were not injured during the attack. Thompson said they are not suspects. While Coroner Mabbutt previously determined that the incident was not a murder-suicide, according to Fox News.
Authorities reported that no related weapons have been found so far, but “according to information preliminary, investigators believe a sharp weapon such as a knife was used.”
Mayor Art Bettge told Fox News that the crime occurred around 3 or 4 a.m. Sunday, but was reported to police around noon. He specified that the motive behind the murders is still being investigated, but it could have been a “robbery gone wrong” or a “crime of passion”.
“ It's one of a myriad of possibilities, including robbery gone wrong… Any one of those is a possibility and not one to the exclusion of others,” Bettge said, reports Fox News.
The mayor said through a statement about this crime: “It is impossible to understand the meaninglessness of events like this, and we are all looking for answers that are not yet available,” Bettge said in a statement.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Police Chief James Fry said: “We don't have a suspect at this time, and that individual is still out there. We cannot say that there is no threat to the community, ”although he asked“ to remain vigilant ”.
The death surprised a town accustomed to tranquility
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The City of Moscow is a close-knit college town located in the foothills of north-central Idaho, about 80 miles southeast of Spokane , Washington.
The university said in a statement that Chapin was a freshman and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, while Kernodle was a junior in marketing majoring in the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Mogen was a senior marketing major and member of Pi Beta Phi, and Goncalves was a senior year majoring in general studies and a member of Alpha Phi sorority.