'Everybody is freaked out': Moscow locksmith getting 50 calls every day after University of Idaho murders
Locksmith Casper Combs revealed that the majority of the calls he is receiving are from 'moms who are frightened about their kids'
MOSCOW, IDAHO: One Moscow locksmith has revealed that he is getting 50 calls every day with the demand for deadbolts since the murders of four Idaho University students. Locksmith Casper Combs, 28, explained to The Independent, “If you imagine that there’s two of us working, and then we’re going out and actually doing calls, and there are 50 phone calls in one day ... we’re not getting them all done.” Casper also revealed that the majority of the calls he is receiving are from "moms who are frightened about their kids."
“Little town Moscow doesn't get a lot of drama, thank God. We're lucky enough to live in a town where this type of thing is kind of so outlandish ... everybody is just freaked out, and that's all that they're talking about,” he remarked. Moscow, a town of 25,000 people near the Washington state border, has been in shock since the bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, were found by police on November 13 at their off-campus house. Initially, police said the killings were targeted and the neighborhood was not in danger; however, later they stated during a conference that they couldn't rule out a persisting threat and encouraged residents to be cautious.
Moreover, according to Casper, local residents have grown increasingly impatient with what they consider to be a lack of movement in the case as well as a glaring lack of information. Earlier, this week police revealed that they were making progress in the case and attempting to profile the alleged murderer while mapping all the evidence they have.
James Fry, the head of Moscow police, appealed to the public for assistance on Sunday in solving the vicious stabbing deaths. He said at a news conference, "Anyone who has observed any notable behavior or has any video surveillance or can provide relevant information about these murders please call our tip line," NBC News reports.
Detectives have so far conducted 90 interviews after going through 646 leads, according to Fry. Doorbell, cell phone, and surveillance footage that was taken between 3 am and 6 am on the morning of the murderd in the vicinity of the home, which is approximately a half-block from campus, are what investigators are looking for, according to police. Meanwhile, anyone with information about the crime or a tip about the victim's whereabouts, or a suspicious person in the area is asked to call 208-883-7180 or email [email protected]