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Idaho State Crime Lab Prioritizes Evidence Testing in Brutal Student Murder Case


FIRST ON FOX – MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho State Crime Lab has prioritized testing over evidence from the Moscow home where four University of Idaho students were murdered on November 13, according to the authorities.

The Idaho State Police (ISP) forensic services are “performing much of the forensic analysis” in the case, which is a “priority for them,” Aaron said. Snell, PSI’s public information officer, told Fox News Digital in an interview Friday.

“There were scientists working 24/7 in the lab to try and quickly pick up some of these results,” Snell continued. “So while there are other cases going on, this case is a priority. And we’re starting to get results.”

While it’s unclear exactly how long it will take authorities to determine if DNA not belonging to any of the victims was left at the crime scene, the results will ‘go to detectives’ when they are available. available, Snell explained.

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On November 21, State Police forensic pathologists search for clues at the home in Moscow, Idaho, where four college students were murdered on November 13.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

The evidence will help create a “full picture” of the crime scene and what exactly happened in the early morning hours of November 13 when the four students were stabbed to death while they slept.

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Each of the victims including Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Kaylee Gonçalves, 21; and Madison Mogen, 21, suffered multiple stab wounds. “Some” of the victims had defensive wounds, according to autopsy results from the Latah County coroner.

A split photo showing the crime scene and the victims, including University of Idaho student Ethan Chapin, 20;  Xana Kernodle, 20;  Madison Mogen, 21;  and Kaylee Gonçalves, 21.

A split photo showing the crime scene and the victims, including University of Idaho student Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Gonçalves, 21.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital/ Instagram/ @xanakernodle/ @kayleegoncalves))

There was no sign of a break-in at the victims’ residence, which was known among neighbors as a noisy party house for U of I students, but the crime scene was very bloody when the Police arrived shortly after receiving a 911 call reporting an unconscious person at 11:58 a.m. that morning.

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It’s unclear how many people – including the victims’ two roommates – were at the house before police arrived.

Flowers and a teddy bear serve as a memorial at the house where four University of Idaho students were murdered at 1122 King Rd. in Moscow on November 21, 2022.

Flowers and a teddy bear serve as a memorial at the house where four University of Idaho students were murdered at 1122 King Rd. in Moscow on November 21, 2022.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

“We’re going to be patient. We’re going to be thorough. And…we’re also asking the community to recognize that there are some aspects of this investigation that will take us a little longer, but we’re going to keep working,” said Snell.

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Moscow’s last homicide took place in 2015. Since the quadruple murder, dozens of federal and state law enforcement officials have been assigned to the case to help MPD identify and find the killer, as well as the killer’s motive.

Authorities are also still looking for the murder weapon, which they believe to be a knife. They received and analyzed over 1,000 tips related to the case.

The headquarters of the Moscow Police Department, Idaho.

The headquarters of the Moscow Police Department, Idaho.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

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Students at the University of Idaho will have the option of taking courses remotely as the author remains at liberty.

Police are asking anyone with information or images related to the murders to call 208-883-7180 ​​or tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.



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