Did police BOTCH Idaho varsity massacre probe? Cops may have missed crucial clue to finding murder weapon
Police were forced to search through trash after garbage from the home where four students were murdered got mixed with that of nearby homes
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Police investigators of the University of Idaho students homicide were forced to search the entire contents of the garbage truck at the depot just outside Moscow, Idaho. This was because the cops allowed a garbage truck to collect trash from the home where four University of Idaho students were killed before it was searched where four University students were knifed to death. It was too late as the truck also mixed up the trash from other homes in the area.
Police have been searching for the knife used to kill the four students. Jim Fry, police head of the Moscow Police Department, described it as "edged weapon." On Tuesday, November 15, separate trash trucks were brought in to collect the contents of two other trash containers near the house along with the convoy of the police, reported Daily Mail. The murder happened on Sunday, November 13 at 1:45 am. There were two persons at the time of the incident and when authorities arrived.
The trucks arrived at the waste depot, and police were seen filtering through the trash bags in search of the weapon. Cops have been investigating the tragic killings of the four students -- Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21. The mix-up of the weapon with the trash bag is another failure in case of the police investigation. Previously, they also failed to interview the owner of the food truck where Kaylee and Madison were last seen.
Hence, there are complaints from the victim's parents regarding the investigation. Ethan Chapin's father, Jim, "There is a lack of information from the University of Idaho and the local police, which only fuels false rumors and innuendo in the press and social media; The silence further compounds our family's agony after our son's murder. For Ethan and his three dear friends slain in Moscow, Idaho, and all of our families, I urge officials to speak the truth, share what they know, find the assailant and protect the greater community."
He added, "There is a lack of information from the University of Idaho and the local police, which only fuels false rumors and innuendo in the press and social media. The silence further compounds our family's agony after our son's murder. For Ethan and his three dear friends slain in Moscow, Idaho, and all of our families, I urge officials to speak the truth, share what they know, find the assailant and protect the greater community."
One of the victims, Kaylee Goncalves's sister, Autumn Goncalves, said, "No one is in custody, and therefore no one is safe. Whoever did this to my sisters (Maddie and Kaylee) is still out there, and if he is sick enough to murder FOUR sweet, innocent humans so brutally, he is sick enough to do it to anyone else. Our family was dreading the answer for 'how', and we all knew that no matter the answer, we wouldn't like it, but we got back the worst possible answer. 'The most gruesome way. One person against four. This person is dangerous, and he is not in custody!!! How police say 'no threat' MAKES NO SENSE."
“We cannot say there’s no threat to the community and as we have stated, please stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times,” said Jim Fry, police head of the Moscow Police Department. He added, "This incident highlighted that violence is possible in our own community and in every community. Until this case is completely resolved, we ask the community to continue to be vigilant, alert, report suspicious activity and help us to be the eyes and ears in our community," stated in an official statement.