Who is James Fry? Moscow police chief called 'incompetent' for botched University of Idaho murder probe

Sources in the department reportedly claimed that the Moscow Police Department 'obliterated' crucial evidence as the case moves at a sluggish pace

Who is James Fry? Moscow police chief called 'incompetent' for botched University of Idaho murder probe
Moscow PD Chief James Fry is being blamed for the botched investigation of the University of Idaho massacre (City of Moscow website, Instagram/@kayleegoncalves)
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Warning: This article contains a recollection of crime and can be triggering to some, readers' discretion advised

MOSCOW, IDAHO: The chilling case of the murder of four University of Idaho students has shaken the entire town. The incident took place in one of the most famous party pads in the area. As explained by the law enforcement officials, there were other people present at the time of the incident, however, only four people were killed. Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Kaylee Goncalves were all found stabbed to death in their beds by their friends on Sunday, November 13, and the case still remains ambiguous. 

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It has been more than a week since the murders hapoened and police are yet to find a concrete clue leading them to a possible suspect and the murder weapon. During a press conference held by the Moscow Police Department's Chief James Fry on Sunday, November 20, it was revealed that the department had received and investigated at least 640 tips and conducted 90 interviews, however, they found nothing substantial. Now, sources close to the department claimed that the investigation conducted by the officials was "incompetent" and that they might have botched the investigation in the earlier stage by waiting for so long before taking action, as reported by Daily Mail. These claims come after the police were seen measuring tire tracks in the driveway of the home, but almost a week after the bodies were discovered. 

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Who is James Fry?

James D Fry Jr. was appointed as the Moscow Police Department Chief in 2016 and is married to Julie. At this point, the police department is in a pickle as the probe has come to a standstill which has upset the civilians. Speaking about the investigation, a source said, "The reality is this evidence was likely obliterated and if the cops had done things correct those tire marks would have been photographed, measured, and preserved, on the day when the victims were found." During the press conference, Fry gave inconclusive answers saying, "We're looking everywhere." When asked if the investigation should extend to Washington state, which was close in proximity, he said "I cannot comment on that, I'm not even aware."

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Internet slams Moscow PD and Chief James Fry for lazy investigation

One frustrated user hinted at the incompetency of the Moscow Police Department and wrote, "Thank god the FBI is involved." Another user tweeted, "The city of Moscow should hand over the entire investigation Idaho state police or the FBI. They reduce my confidence in the situation every time they speak." One more user wrote, "Unbelievable. Come on chief. And his answers only led to more questions, which lead people to more speculation. Ugh." 

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One angry user tweeted, "I've been trying so hard to convince myself that all those "partners" in law enforcement are doing the right thing, protecting the integrity of the investigation, etc. Not jumping on the first possible suspect to the exclusion of others just to give us, the public, what we need." Another user tweeted, "The city of Moscow should hand over the entire investigation Idaho state police or the FBI. They reduce my confidence in the situation every time they speak." One user frustrated with lack of answers wrote, "During the first news conference, they allowed reporters to hijack the mic & ask 4/5 questions at a time before passing the mic simply into the next nearby reporter, not allowing anyone in the back a chance. Was that any different in the Sunday Press Conference?"

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