MOSCOW, Idaho – The Moscow Police Department said in the wake of a quadruple murder near the University of Idaho that the killings were a “single, targeted incident,” but refused to say which of the four victims they targeted proceeded or why they believe this to be true.
“First and foremost, we must preserve the integrity of the investigation, and we feel this information is essential to us and the way we are conducting our investigations,” Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier said on Wednesday, Ten Days after the murders, told reporters.
Fox News correspondent Dan Springer pointed out that releasing information about who was targeted and why can improve the quality of leads authorities receive.
“We’ve made it very clear to the public from the beginning that we believe this was a targeted attack,” Lanier replied. “To be honest you have to trust us at this point because we won’t publish why we think that.”
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Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on November 13 in a three-story apartment building just blocks from the University Idaho- Campus.
Former Miami-Dade County homicide detective Pat Diaz said the circumstances of the attack also led him to believe the victims were targeted.
“It wasn’t a coincidence,” Diaz told Fox News Digital. “I think they were targeted. I think they saw her or they saw her nearby.”
Police have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon, although they are looking for a “fixed-blade knife.” All four victims were stabbed multiple times and some had defensive wounds.
“Everybody’s yelling with a knife,” Diaz said. “You’ll scream like there’s no tomorrow.”
Police cordoned off a wide area behind the house on Monday, including a parking lot and a wooded area. Diaz said waiting for the crime scene to expand may have been a mistake, as he determined officers should scan the entire area and use cell tower data to figure out who was in the house and when.
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Several people have been ruled out as suspects in the investigation, including Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend, both surviving housemates, the person who drove Goncalves and Mogen home that night and an individual seen on surveillance video walking behind the women stood at a food truck hours before they were murdered.
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Moscow Police Chief James Frye urged patience while authorities continue to comb through evidence.
“We still believe that more information needs to be gathered that will continue to provide a window through which we can see this case,” Frye told reporters. “We all want to understand why this happened and what drove someone to do it.”