‘Worst crime scene ever’: Cops can’t find weapon as blood oozes from walls of 4 slain Idaho students’ home
Images showed blood dripping down the side of the house where the students were murdered along with evidence markers on the walls inside and on the back porch.
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Four University of Idaho students were brutally murdered with knives in the wee hours of Sunday, November 13, 2022, leaving the walls of their leased home dripping with blood. Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho, Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho, and Ethan Chaplin, 20, of Conway, Washington, were identified as the deceased by the police earlier.
Exclusive Daily Mail images showed blood dripping down the side of the house along with evidence markers on the walls inside and on the back porch. The victims were left to bleed to death after the vicious early-morning attack, police sources told the Daily Mail. The scene inside the residence is "the worst they've ever seen," they added. “There was blood everywhere,” said one source close to the investigation. “We have investigators who have been on the job for 20, even 30 years and they say they have never seen anything like this.” Chapin, one of the victims, was found dead on the floor of the second story of the three-story house. In their ongoing search for the "edged weapon" investigators say was used in the killings, police were spotted taking the garbage out of cans next to the slightly dilapidated home with fray-paneled walls.
The waste was brought to a nearby rubbish dump where HAZMAT-suited police officers were spotted searching through trash bags in a screen-off area. The latest developments follow a day after the shocking revelation of the horrific deaths in which the mayor of the area called it "a crime of passion" and police claimed it was a "targeted" crime. The murders seem to be a "one-off type of incident," according to Mayor Art Bettge who changed his statements from the previous day after further details were revealed. He added that nothing was taken from the area and that "something had occurred that resulted in these deaths."
Police in Moscow, a town of about 24,000 people near the border with Washington State, went to great lengths to reassure the community that no one else is in danger even though they declared all four fatalities to be homicides in a statement released on November 15. “On November 13, 2022, at 11:58 hours, Moscow Police Department Officers responded to a call on King Road for an unconscious individual. Upon arrival, officers discovered four individuals who were deceased. The deaths have been ruled to be homicide. Autopsies are scheduled to be completed later this week and will hopefully provide more definitive information on the exact cause of the deaths. Also, based on information from the preliminary investigation, investigators believe this was an isolated, targeted attack and there is no imminent threat to the community at large. Investigators are continuing to work diligently on establishing a timeline of relevant events to re-create the victims’ activities on the evening of November 12 and early morning of November 13, following all leads and identifying persons of interest,” they said.
Investigators think an edged weapon, like a knife, was used, despite the fact that no weapons have been discovered from the site. As of now, no arrests have been made, according to the Moscow Police Department, who added that they are receiving assistance from other State and Federal law enforcement partners in addition to detectives from the Idaho State Police.