4000 photos, 1000 tips and 103 evidences: Police ask for patience as they look for University of Idaho killer
Col Kedrick Wills of the Idaho State Patrol pleaded with the public to maintain patience while the investigation is underway
MOSCOW, IDAHO: Idaho law enforcement officials in charge of the brutal deaths of four local university students ten days ago are pleading with the public for patience. At the same time, officials said Wednesday that they sifted through over 1,000 tips, thousands of images, and over 100 pieces of evidence.
University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, were stabbed many times and killed in the early morning hours of November 13, according to officials. Still, no suspects have been identified by police so far.
Col Kedrick Wills of the Idaho State Patrol pleaded with the public to maintain patient while the investigation is underway and said, "We collected 103 pieces of individual evidence. We took approximately 4,000 photographs. We've come and conducted multiple 3D scans of the residence." The officer further added "We've conducted multiple 3D scans of the residence, and we have hundreds of hours used by technicians and investigators, including our forensics teams and detectives from multiple agencies," Wills continued. He added that investigators had processed "over a thousand tips and conducted 150 interviews." "We have the utmost confidence in this investigation and that this investigation will be done right," he said. "We ask you, and we ask the public, to please remain patient as this investigation unfolds," as reported by Agenda Free Tv.
Meanwhile, authorities stated late Tuesday that they had received information that Goncalves may have had a stalker. Investigators "looked extensively" into those reports and "pursued hundreds of pieces of information" about the stalker tip. They had not been able to validate the information or identify a stalker as of Wednesday.
The criminal investigation had been assigned to four detectives, 24 patrol officers, and five support staff personnel by MPD. The FBI is working on the case with 22 investigators in Moscow, 20 agents in other parts of the country, and two Behavioral Analysis Unit agents. The Idaho State Police have sent 20 investigators, 15 state troopers, a public information officer, a forensic services team, and 15 uniformed troopers to assist with other patrols to the scene.
The Moscow Police Department is requesting that anyone with pictures or information that they believe may be significant or helpful to their investigation submit it. Calling 208-883-7180 or sending an email to [email protected] are two ways to do this, as reported by Fox News.