'Why no reward?' Internet wonders if University of Idaho students' murderer is 'already in custody'

'They have enough tips and leads. A reward would flood them with people desperately trying to hope they might get some cash,' a Redditor wrote

'Why no reward?' Internet wonders if University of Idaho students' murderer is 'already in custody'
Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, were murdered on November 13 (Instagram)
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Social media theorists now have started asking if the University of Idaho students' murderer was "already in custody" and the police were just not ready to reveal the person's name. One person wrote on Reddit, “Reward??? Have I missed there being a reward offered for information leading to an arrest? My gut says they know who did it, have this person under surveillance, and are just waiting for forensics. Heck he may even already be in custody on unrelated charges. Therefore, no reward is being offered.” 

“They have enough tips and leads. A reward would flood them with people desperately trying to hope they might get some cash,” another added. Someone else said, “I think they have strong leads and don’t need to offer a reward for public assistance. They’re collecting info, evidence, DNA results, and building on their suspicions.” Another person added, “It’s a strategy to protect the investigation. They seem very concerned about receiving too many tips."

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“Maybe with all the evidence they have thus far.. that they need to process that first. Discover what that might lead to. Then if it is unfruitful.. then put out a reward. Also maybe make the Killer stay nervous by not knowing if he left or done something that is gonna get him caught. That any rewards announced would give the impression to the killer that he might have gotten away with it.. One could add also that with all the public headlines this incident has brought thus far, along with the additional support given. That this is a poor reflection on the competence of the actions of the police on solving this case,” yet another user remarked. 

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The bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, were discovered by authorities on November 13 at their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho. Police initially said that the murders were targeted and that the community was not in danger. However, they subsequently acknowledged during a briefing that they could not rule out a continued threat and advised locals to exercise caution. According to NBC News, the Moscow Police Department stated during a press 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.” 

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