MOSCOW, Idaho – The Moscow, Idaho, community – already on edge over a week after four college students were found stabbed to death – is questioning the legitimacy of a new report about a man who chased two women before they called the police.
The Moscow Report, a local news website, described a “reader report” from Monday evening. According to the report, “two young women left a residence on Blaine street around 5:15 pm this evening, and went towards their car, where they spotted a man in the front seat, who proceeded to exit and chase them.”
The woman then reportedly ran away and called 911, and the man left the area. According to the report, police were unable to find the man, whom the outlet described as being “an overweight white male in a yellow shirt with dirty blonde to brown hair, and a scruffy beard.”
But the Moscow Police Department responded shortly after the report went public, and said officers had investigated the incident “and determined there was no crime and the incident was unfounded.”
Police did not immediately respond to questions on Tuesday, including whether an incident report was taken, and how officers determined it was unfounded.
Moscow Police received a call shortly before noon on Nov. 13 for a report of an “unconscious person” at the King Road home. Several other people had gathered at the address by the time police arrived, officials said
The four University of Idaho students were slain in the second and third floors of their home between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Nov. 13, after they spent the night out.
The victims were identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.
Two other roommates were inside the home, on the bottom floor, at the time of the murders, but were uninjured.
Police have not identified any suspects, but have said they have been able to tentatively rule people out.
The victims are all believed to have been asleep when they were attacked, though some showed signs of defensive wounds. Each victim was stabbed several times, and showed no signs that they were sexually assaulted. They are all believed to have been killed using a single knife.
MPD officials are asking the public to share “all outside surveillance video taken from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday November 13, 2022, from businesses and residences within” a specific area. A map of the area in question is below.
Moscow Police Capt. Roger Lanier said Sunday that investigators had received 646 tips since the attack, and have since conducted over 90 interviews.
Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.