Idaho murders: Web sleuths nail time and direction of white sedan seen speeding away near murder home
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Police investigating the November 13, 2022, murder of four University of Idaho students, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, still have not found anything concrete to catch the killer. And amid various theories and speculations popping up on social media, Internet sleuths are trying to decipher the white sedan that was recorded on Highway 8 at 3.45 am on November 13. One of them figured out the time and the direction of travel of the gas station car.
Discussing the details on Reddit, a user, named BoJefreez, wrote, "If it was the killer's vehicle, the footage can help establish timeline, origin, and destination. I would like to clarify the following: Was the photo taken before or after the crime? What direction was the car traveling? The individual further described the time by saying, "1122 King Road is 1.2 miles away from this gas station. The LE timeline says the attack was between 3 am and 4.am. Reports say the car's image was captured at 3.45 am. That's assuming the time stamp is verified. If the killer was approaching the crime scene, it was before the crime. In that case, the attacks may have occurred beyond the 4.am hour. The consensus in reports seemed to be the car was going "real quick." Speeding, zooming, going fast, etc. That could suggest this car was fleeing the crime at 3.45, after the crime."
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'Car must be traveling southeast'
Jumping to the details of where the car was heading to, the person said, "The path was described in reports as 'along 8, then onto a side street.' Not very specific. Highway 8 runs NW to SE. Many have noted the car is positioned in the outside lane of Highway 8. The driver-side is closest to the camera, so the car must be traveling southeast. This makes sense to me. It really seems like the car is fleeing, heading out of town. A whole lot of people seem to think the car went NW on 8 and turned left onto Styner, heading west toward the crime scene at 3.45. I disagree because going NW on 8 does not match the image. I think the killer was fleeing past the gas station going southeast. Fleeing at 3.45 am fits the LE timeline. It fits with the image of the car. LE did a search for camera footage in Troy and Kendrick. These towns are both in this general direction." The user then shared a screenshot suggesting the car was probably traveling SE on 8 and turned on Blaine.
He also stated that the car's appearance on highway might be a misdirection as well. He wrote, "Highway 8 east gets very secluded in a couple of miles. He could rejoin it away from cameras. Maybe the appearance on Highway 8 was deliberate misdirection. He showed himself going east but soon turned back on a different road and heads west. Maybe there was a second vehicle waiting somewhere relatively close. Prior to the crime, he drove to a remote spot east of town where the white car was hidden. Afterwards, he abandoned the white car there and switched vehicles."
The take comes after police found no connection of a white Hyundai Elantra, which was discovered in Oregon while responding to a 911 call on December 17, matching the description of the mystery vehicle seen in Moscow, Idaho, at the time of the murders. Commenting on it, the Eugene Police Department on December 20, said, as previously reported, “The vehicle was involved in a collision and subsequently impounded. The vehicle is registered out of Colorado and the female owner is not believed to have any relation to any property in Moscow, Idaho, or the ongoing murder investigations. The public is asked to stop contacting the owner."
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