Idaho police search for car seen near site where 4 college students were killed – NBC Connecticut

Police are asking for help locating the occupant of a car that was seen near where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death last month, saying the person could have “critical information” about the case.

The Moscow Police Department released a statement Wednesday afternoon asking for the public’s help in locating the person or people inside a white Hyundai Elantra manufactured between 2011 and 2013 that was near the house outside campus in the early morning hours of November 13. not having the sedan license plate.

“Your information, whether you believe it is important or not, could be the piece of the puzzle that helps investigators solve these murders,” the department wrote.

Relatively few details have been released about the murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. The police department has yet to name a suspect or make any arrests, and investigators have yet to find a weapon. Autopsies determined that the four students had been stabbed to death, with the attack likely beginning while they were sleeping.

Capt. Roger Lanier of the Moscow Police Department provided updates Wednesday on the fatal stabbing of four University of Idaho students and asked anyone with advice to call 208-883 -7180.

“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. Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case,” the department wrote in a press release. “If you know or own a vehicle fitting this description, or know someone one who may have been driving this vehicle in the days leading up to or on the day of the murders, please forward this information to the information line. »

The Moscow Police Department asked anyone with information to email or call its hotline at 208-883-7180. The FBI, which is helping with the investigation, has set up a website where people can upload footage from security cameras or other digital media of the area that was recorded at the time of the murders.

The four stabbing victims were friends and members of the university’s Greek system. The killings left Moscow’s close-knit community stunned and in mourning, shattering the sense of safety many had in the rural farming and university town. Mogen, Goncalves and Kernodle lived with two other roommates in the rental house directly across from campus, and Chapin — Kernodle’s boyfriend — was there visiting.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry was at the rental house with other law enforcement officers on Wednesday, collecting some of the things that belonged to the victims so they could be returned to their families. He announced the plan on Monday, saying returning meaningful items to families would hopefully help families heal.

Many resources were devoted to solving the case, including six Moscow Department detectives, 48 ​​FBI investigators, and more than a dozen Idaho State Police investigators.

“We’re going to do our job and we’re going to do it to the best of our abilities,” Fry said outside the house on Wednesday. “We owe it to the families, we owe it to the victims, we owe it to our community, so we’re going to keep going.”

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