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Where were Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin? A still unexplained five-hour time lapse weeks after the Idaho murders

The mystery continues to deepen around Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin’s final hours before they were brutally stabbed to death alongside Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves in a student rental house in Moscow, Idaho.

On the night of Nov. 12, Kernodle and Chapin had gone to a fraternity party at Sigma Chi from 8 to 9 p.m.

The young couple then returned to the King Road house the three women shared with two other female students around 1.45am on November 13.

The four victims were all stabbed to death around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m., with their bodies remaining undiscovered for several hours.

Three weeks after the murders, there is still a huge gap of nearly five hours between when Kernodle and Chapin were seen at the fraternity party and when they returned home where they were attacked.

The two sites are only a few minutes walk from each other and are located in busy student areas, close to Greek Row where the University of England’s sorority and fraternity houses are located. Idaho.

Despite thousands of tips pouring in from the public desperate to catch the killer, investigators are still unable to account for the significant time frame and have offered no explanation as to where Kernodle and Chapin might have been during those times. last hours.

Kernodle’s mother, Cara Northington, said she thought her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend were at a bar at the time. However, she confirmed that she didn’t know for sure.

On Monday, The Independent contacted Moscow police for more information.

Hours later, the department appeared to confirm that it had been unable to shed light on the matter, saying in an update that investigators were “still investigating what happened to him.” approximately 9 p.m. Nov. 12 to 1:45 a.m. Nov. 13, when Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were thought to be at the Sigma Chi house on the University of Idaho campus at 735 Nez Perce Drive”.

Investigators continue to urge anyone with information about “any interactions, contacts, directions and patterns of travel, or anything abnormal” to come forward to help “add context to what happened.” past”.

Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle pictured together

(Jazzmin Kernodle)

The lack of information about the last known movements of Kernodle and Chapin is at odds with the detailed account given of the last movements of the other two victims.

On the night of November 12, police said best friends Goncalves and Mogen spent the night at The Corner Club bar in downtown Moscow, arriving around 10:30 p.m. and staying for about three hours until about 1:30 a.m.

From there, they drove to the nearby Grub Truck food truck where they were captured on Twitch footage ordering food and chatting with other students.

They were then driven home by an unnamed ‘private party’ – a sorority service – arriving back at the King Road home at around 1.56am.

The two surviving roommates had also been out that night and returned home around 1 a.m., police said.

At around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m., an unknown assailant stabbed the four victims to death with a fixed-blade knife, police said. There were no signs of sexual assault on any of the victims.

Around noon on November 13, police were called to report an “unconscious individual” in the three-story house.

Inside, they found the four victims brutally stabbed to death on the second and third floors.

Goncalves’ dog, Murphy, was also found safe and sound in the house – not in a room with any of the victims.

Investigators were able to rule out both a man pictured with Mogen and Goncalves at the food truck and the person who drove them home as suspects in the murders.

The two surviving housemates who were unharmed and appear to have slept during the murders – while sleeping on the first floor of the house – have also been excluded, as has Goncalves’ former longtime boyfriend and d other friends who were at home. when the 911 call was made.

A sixth person listed on the lease and two men involved in an incident with Goncalves about a month earlier are also not believed to be linked to the murders.

Moscow police released details of the incident on Monday, saying it “may have been the reference to the stalker” Goncalves made to friends and family.

Before her death, the 21-year-old had complained that she believed she had a stalker.

The house where the four students were brutally murdered

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Moscow police said that in mid-October – about a month before he was killed – there was an incident involving two men at a local business.

One of the men appeared to follow Goncalves inside the building and as she left to walk to her car, police said.

Neither man appeared to come into contact with the 21-year-old and both have since been identified and spoken with detectives.

Police said the pair were trying to meet women at the business and they believe the incident involving Goncalves was “isolated” and “not an ongoing pattern of harassment”.

There is no evidence to suggest either man was involved in the killings, police said.

Despite the revelation of the incident, officials are still seeking information on the stalker’s allegations and are still unable to confirm or deny the existence of a stalker as they have not yet determined who or what was at the center of the incident. the “targeted” attack.

Now, 24 days into the investigation, police appear no closer to catching the killer.

No suspects have been identified, no arrests have been made and the murder weapon has not yet been found.

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