University of Idaho massacre: Crime lab 'working 24/7' on evidence to crack brutal murder case

University of Idaho massacre: Crime lab 'working 24/7' on evidence to crack brutal murder case
The house (L) where the four students (R) were killed on Sunday, November 13 (NBC Screenshot/ YouTube and @xanakernodle/Instagram)

MOSCOW, IDAHO: The brutal nature of the quadruple killings of four college students in Idaho on Sunday, November 13, has pushed the state crime lab to prioritize the evidence testing procedures of the case above everything else. This would mean that the evidence found in the case will go directly to the detectives when they are discovered.

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The four victims - Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; and Xana Kernodle, 20 - were stabbed to death in what is called a ‘crime of passion.’ The Public Information Officer of the Idaho State Police Forensic Services, Officer Aaron Snell recently addressed the issue of speedy observation and passing on evidence to the media. “There have been scientists working 24/7 in the lab to try and get back some of those results in quick order. So, while there's other cases going on, this case is a priority. And we're starting to get back some results," FOX News quoted Snell as saying.

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Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were found dead on November 13. (Instagram/@ kayleegoncalves and @xanakernodle)
Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were found dead on November 13. (Instagram/@ kayleegoncalves and @xanakernodle)

There is no set timeframe for the determination of whether or not DNA of anyone apart from the four victims was at the crime scene, but Snell has assured that the detectives will be the first people to receive the results. As of now, 113 pieces of physical evidence have been collected from the scene and approximately 4,000 photographs taken to create multiple scans of the residence.

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Snell has assured that the evidence collection, the DNA examination, and now the bumping up of the evidence from this case as high-priority is certain to assist in the creation of the “full-picture” of the crime scene.

This prioritization comes more than a week after Moscow City’s official updated on their website that the investigators seized three dumpsters from the nearby locales to find possible evidence. It is also informed that the detectives have contacted local businesses to find out if a knife blade had been purchased. “At the time of this release, detectives have received nearly 500 tips which are being processed, investigated, and cleared. Thirty-eight interviews have been conducted with individuals who may have information about the murders,” read a statement from the press release on November 18.
 

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