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Police: Ten days after the killing of four Idaho college students, still no suspects

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Nov 24 (News) — Police authorities say they still have not identified a suspect in the stabbing murders of four University of Idaho students ten days after they were found dead in an off-campus apartment.

Very little new information about the investigation was released during a press conference held Wednesday by Moscow, Idaho Police Chief James Fry, Police Capt. Roger Lanier and Col. Kendrick Wills of the Idaho State Police.

They gave no indication they are any closer to an arrest in the grisly November 13 killings at an apartment building in the small town of Moscow, home to about 25,850 people on the Idaho-Washington border.

Officials have confirmed the cause and manner of death as stabbing. All four were probably asleep when the attack took place. Some of the victims suffered defensive injuries, with each being stabbed multiple times, the Latah County coroner said.

The victims were identified as roommates Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20. Kernodle’s friend Ethan Chapin, 21, visited the home and was the fourth victim. All four were University of Idaho students.

Two of the four students killed were on the second floor of a three-story apartment building, while the other two victims were on the third floor. During the press conference, Fry declined to say whether authorities believe the attacker also visited the first floor of the home, where two surviving housemates were staying during the attack.

Police also remained silent on many other aspects of their investigation, citing the need to maintain the “integrity” of the investigation.

Rather, they stuck to general characterizations of the actions taken, such as collecting photo and DNA evidence at the crime scene and reviewing leads from the public.

Lanier also reiterated that the 911 that alerted police to the crime came from the home of one of the surviving roommates.

“You have to trust us,” he said, adding that police have not been able to confirm unofficial reports that Goncalves was molested by a stalker.

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