Hyundai Elantra seen in Idaho area Student Murders: Cops

Archive footage of 2011 to 2013 Hyundai Elantra. Police say a vehicle of this color, make and model was near the scene of a quadruple murder in Moscow, Idaho on November 13.

Police say a certain car was seen in the area when someone murdered four University of Idaho students in their shared house. They don’t have photos of the actual vehicle, but they did post images of sedans of the same color, make and model: a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra.

Ethan Chapin20, Xana Kernodle20 Kaylee Goncalves21, and Madison Mogen21, was stabbed to death in off-campus accommodation last month in the early morning hours of November 13. Some of them, but not all, were killed in their sleep, according to the Latah County coroner. However, police in the small rural university town of Moscow have not named any suspects.

Police say a white Elantra was near the murder scene in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, but they don’t know the license plate number of the vehicle.

“Tips and leads led investigators to seek additional information about a vehicle in the immediate vicinity of the King Street residence in the early morning hours of November 13,” cops said. “Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case. If you know or own a vehicle that fits this description, or if you know of anyone who may have driven this vehicle in the days preceding or the day of the murders, please forward this information to the information line.

You can call the information line at (208) 883-7180, email [email protected]or go to an FBI tip submission page at fbi.gov/moscowidaho.

Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen were identified by police as “two surviving roommates” and are not considered suspects in the case. Detectives previously said the two young women were sleeping on the first floor of the three-story, six-bedroom house when the murders took place. One of their cell phones made the first call to 911 around noon the day the horrific discovery was made. Responding officers said the victims were found on the second and third floors.

Details of the case have been scarce. The local authorities acknowledged the slowness of the investigation and recently backed down previous statements about the extent to which the victims themselves were “targeted” in the attack is disturbing – and wildly atypical for the dormant university community.

Steve Goncalves slammed the law enforcement officers handling the case as ‘inexperienced’, citing their apparent lack of leads, one officer’s youth and a person of interest who the father says has been sidelined a lot too quickly as a suspect, according to the New York Post.

“I don’t want anyone to make mistakes in my child’s case,” he told the newspaper. “[They’re] not exactly the most tech-savvy people.

Steve Goncalves said he was working with private investigators, but hoped the police would prevail.

Police were recently seen clearing items from the students’ homes.



Colin Kalmbacher contributed to this report.

[Images via City of Moscow Police Department]

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