Police scour woods behind scene of Idaho murders

Idaho university murders: Police search wooded area behind home where four students were fatally stabbed

Law enforcement authorities investigating the University of Idaho murders were seen searching the woods behind the home where the four students were found dead last Sunday.

Local investigators in Moscow, Idaho, were seen looking through bushes behind the home on King Road. Federal authorities were also on the scene, photos of the scene show.

Investigators were apparently scouring the woods to get a view of what an assailant would have seen if they were hiding in the woods.

The search comes just hours ahead of Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry holding a press conference on Sunday afternoon in the Alumni Lounge inside the Idaho Central Credit Union on the school campus. It is the second press conference held by the police department, ​​KREM 2 reported.

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Investigators at a wooded area near the home where four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed.
(Fox News)

Investigators were also seen going through a white, Chevrolet sedan on Sunday, which was parked outside the home.

Roommates Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, were fatally stabbed early last Sunday morning, Nov. 13, between 3 and 4 a.m. in Moscow, according to authorities.

Investigator at a wooded area near the home where four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed.

Investigator at a wooded area near the home where four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Police have not yet identified a suspect in the case or located a murder weapon. Authorities have, however, ruled out a handful of people as potential suspects, including two other roommates who were home during the murders.

Investigators outside the home where four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed.

Investigators outside the home where four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed.
(Fox News)

Mogen and Goncalves were seen at a food truck shortly before their deaths and were then taken home by a “private party,” according to police. Police said Saturday that they investigated the driver who took Mogen and Goncalves home but “do not believe he is involved in this crime.”

Investigator at a wooded area near the home where four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed.

Investigator at a wooded area near the home where four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

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University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.

University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
(Jazzmin Kernodle via AP/Instagram/ @kayleegoncalves)

A man who was seen in video footage near the food truck was also ruled out as a suspect.

The Moscow Police Department is leading the investigation, with assistance from about 50 FBI agents as well as state police and other local police departments.

Investigators at the crime scene where four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed.

Investigators at the crime scene where four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed.
(Fox News)

PARENTS OF IDAHO UNIVERSITY MURDER VICTIM REVEAL WHY INVESTIGATION IS TAKING SO MUCH TIME: ‘MADE A MESS’

The parents of Kaylee Goncalves told Fox News in an interview Saturday evening that it will take authorities “a lot” of time to process the evidence they have collected over the last week.

“They’re telling us that there’s so much evidence that it’s going to take a lot of time to process it all,” Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s father, told Fox News’ “Lawrence Jones Cross Country”. “This wasn’t like a pinpoint crime. This person was sloppy.”

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The killer “made a mess. And there’s a mess there. And they’re going to have to go through that point by point, and that’s going to take a lot of time. That’s why they reached out to other facilities to help them with that lab work,” the grieving father added.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call Moscow police at 208-883-7054 or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

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