Law enforcement investigating the University of Idaho killings were seen searching the woods behind the home where the four students were found dead last Sunday.
Local investigators in Moscow, Idaho, were seen searching through bushes behind the house on King Road. Federal authorities were also on site, showing photos from the crime scene.
Investigators allegedly searched the forest to take a look at what an attacker would have seen if they were hiding in the forest.
The search comes just hours before Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry held a news conference Sunday afternoon at the Idaho Central Credit Union’s alumni lounge on the school campus. It was the second police press conference, reported KREM 2.
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Investigators were also seen Sunday searching a white Chevrolet sedan parked in front of the home.
Housemates Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were fatally stabbed between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. in Moscow early Sunday morning, November 13, according to authorities.
Police have not yet identified a suspect in the case or found a murder weapon. However, authorities have ruled out a handful of people as potential suspects, including two other housemates who were at the home during the killings.
Mogen and Goncalves were spotted at a food truck just before they died and then being taken home from a “private party”, according to police. Police said Saturday they investigated the driver who took Mogen and Goncalves home but “do not believe he is involved in this crime”.
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A man seen in video footage near the food truck has also been ruled out as a suspect.
The Moscow Police Department is leading the investigation with the support of about 50 FBI agents, as well as state police and other local law enforcement agencies.
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Kaylee Goncalves’ parents told Fox News in an interview Saturday night that it will take authorities “a lot” of time to process the evidence they’ve gathered over the past week.
“They’re telling us 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. “It wasn’t a pinpoint crime. That person was sloppy.”
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The killer “made a mess. And there is a mess. And they have to go through it point by point, and it’s going to take a lot of time. So they turned to other institutions to help them with this lab work,” the grieving father added.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Moscow Police at 208-883-7054 or email them [email protected].