REVEALED: Sixth person was on lease of home where four Idaho University students were slain but was not there at the time of the brutal murders – as terrified students now carry Tasers and bear spray to defend themselves on campus
- In a new development in the horrific murder of four University of Idaho students in November, police have revealed that a mystery sixth person on the lease
- The sixth person has not been identified by police in Moscow, Idaho. It is not clear if the person lived at the home or was merely a co-signee
- Police still have no suspects in the November 13 slayings of students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20 and Ethan Chapin, 20
- Meanwhile, students who are back at the school following the Thanksgiving holiday have begun arming themselves with Tasers and knives
A mystery sixth person lived at the home where four University of Idaho students were massacred on November 13,although police in the sleepy college town of Moscow say that they were not home when the murders took place.
The development came as family and friends were gathering to honor and remember Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Maddie Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, who were stabbed to death at their off-campus house.
No suspects have been publicly identified and the murder weapon or weapons has not been recovered.
The sixth person was on the lease of the home, so it’s not clear if they actually lived there. The person was not identified by the Moscow Police Department.
Earlier, authorities had said that only five people lived at the home, Goncalves, Mogen and Kernodle and as well as Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke, who were not harmed in the attack and are not considered suspects.
Meanwhile, students at the University of Idaho who back at campus following the Thanksgiving holiday are taking extreme precautions as the worries about public safety grow.
Some students told Fox News in a series of interviews that they have taken to arming themselves with knives, bear spray and Tasers in order to protect themselves.
Kaylee and Madison were found on the top floor of the Moscow, Idaho home. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second-floor bedroom while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the first floor
This illustration shows where the victims were found across the home
In other new information that has been drip fed to the public, the Moscow Police said that the Idaho State Police Forensic Services crime lab scientists are working on the case and the results of their tests will be provided.
The police also said that they are sticking with the theory that this was a targeted attack but they do not know if the house or the persons inside were the targets.
The Latah County Prosecutors office caused confusion also this week when their office released a statement which appeared to walk back the theory that the killings were targeted.
In a new statement, the Moscow Police Department said: ‘We remain consistent in our belief that this was indeed a targeted attack but have not concluded if the target was the residence or its occupants.’
Maddie and Kaylee, best friends since sixth grade, died in the same bed, according to Kaylee’s father Steve
Dylan Mortensen (left) and Bethany Funke (middle) lived in the modest Moscow rental house with fellow University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle (second from left) Kaylee Goncalves (second from right) and Madison Mogen (right) but survived the attack. They have been ruled out as suspects
The admittance comes after weeks of officials saying they believe the attack was targeted but not providing more information
A police spokesperson has also stressed that the department, as well as the Idaho State Police, will not allow the case to go cold.
Speaking to Jesse Watters Primetime one student spoke of the near panic on campus saying: ‘I’m more cautious now. I used to keep my doors unlocked all the time and now I don’t anymore.’
While others students discussed the range of weapons that they are arming themselves with, items including Tasers, bear spray and knives.
When discussing the progress that investigators have made, one student said: ‘They haven’t given us much information. I think there’s a lot more evidence that we just don’t know that they do.’
An another student said: ‘Unfortunately, in my opinion, I think they are running out of time because these things, the longer they get dragged out, the harder it is to catch somebody or find somebody.’
Another added: ‘The suspect] may be still present and releasing information may scare him off to the point he leaves the country.’
To coincide with the lack of information being released by the police, students have developed their own theories.
One student told Fox: ‘I think it’s either a student that might be on campus or honestly a serial killer.’ A second student also said:’ There’s like a 50 percent chance it’s probably student.’
On Monday, Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell, 49, said: ‘We still believe it was a targeted attack based on the evidence at the scene and how everything developed, what we know. We believe that’s accurate.’
It comes days after the Moscow Police Department revealed it had received ‘hundreds of pieces of information’ that suggested one of that Goncalves, had a stalker – however, authorities are yet to corroborate the theory.
Snell said the theory plays into the notion that one of the four was targeted but refused to say which of the victims police believe to be the target, describing it as a ‘delicate question’.
He said: ‘That’s part of the ongoing investigation. That’s a real delicate question and when we’re able to say that or if we’re able to say that, we’ll definitely do that.
‘It’s very similar to the whole stalking, right. Potentially if there was a stalker, that would be somebody of extreme interest.
‘You can’t lay all your cards out at once. We’re trying to find the various potential participants.’
This past Wednesday, loved ones and community members gathered on campus for the ceremony remembering the four students.
Steve Goncalves spoke about his daughter’s death during a campus candlelight vigil Wednesday
Goncalves’ father, Steve, revealed for the first time how his daughter died alongside her longtime best friend, Maddie, in the same bed.
The grieving father called the girls ‘absolutely beautiful’ and shared his gratefulness over the girls finding each other in sixth grade.
‘And every day they did homework together, they came to our house together, they shared everything,’ Steve said.
‘Then they started looking at colleges, they came here together. They eventually get into the same apartment together. And in the end … they died together in the same room, in the same bed.’
Steve said during the vigil that in this dark time, he has found comfort in the knowledge that his daughter was with her best friend.
‘But the beauty of the two always being together,’ he continued, was that they were ‘with their best friends in the whole world.’
‘It’s like a book, it’s like some kind of terrible chapter but there’s beauty in it. And we’re gonna get our justice, we’re gonna figure this stuff out. This community deserves that,’ he said.
Steve Gonclaves revealed this week he did not have a funeral for his daughter for fear her ‘monster’ killer would attend.
In an interview with Fox News, the girl’s father also said that police have reached out to multiple outside agencies for additional help with the case and the massive amount of evidence that needs to be tested and sorted.
‘They’re gonna have to go through that point by point and that’s going to take a lot of time,’ he told Fox. ‘That’s why they reached out to other facilities to help them with that lab work.’