YOU DON'T KNOW 'JACK': Decoding one name at the center of Idaho murders investigation
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MOSCOW, IDAHO: As the investigation into the murder of the University of Idaho students has continued for more than three weeks, names of people connected to the case continue to surface. Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were tragically killed on November 13. The four friends were found dead on the second and third floors of an off-campus housing unit in Moscow, Idaho.
While police have no made any progress in the murder investigation and no suspect has been named in the case, the name "Jack" has come up most often. Who are all these Jacks and why does their name even come up in the investigation? Let us take a look at all the people named 'Jack' who have come up so far in the Idaho murder investigation.
One of the victims, Kaylee Goncalves' ex-boyfriend, was Jack DuCoeur. Kaylee and DuCoeur dated in 2019 and he also asked her to the 'prom' Goncalves also shared some photos on Instagram of herself and her ex-boyfriend DuCoeur.
DuCoeur's name surfaced during the investigation when it was revealed that Kaylee had tried to call him several times before she tragically died. Goncalves' sister Alivea reported that her sister called a friend named "Jack" six times between 2.26 am and 2.44 am. Before Goncalves made a second attempt, Mogen contacted him three times.
A video clip on the Twitch platform shows two of the four University of Idaho students, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, ordering food from a food truck at 1:41 a.m. before they are tragically killed later. A man in a hoodie, later revealed to be Jack Showalter, was seen following Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen as they placed their orders and talked with several other customers.
Footage from Saturday night purportedly shows two victims of the Moscow Idaho Student murders— Idaho Tribune (@IdahoTribune) November 16, 2022
Kaylee Goncalves & Madison Mogen appear to order at a food truck just hours before the King Rd homicide pic.twitter.com/tD9DytoHjO
Social media speculated that Jack Showalter might be the killer. They claimed that Showalter had just been expelled from his fraternity and that he might be in possession of the identical knife used to murder the students mentioned above.
However, later an eyewitness recalled to Daily Mail, saying, "I saw the hoodie guy show up with the two of them. The vibe I got from him is that he's super nice. He was trying to help them get home safely. He was funny, and he was nice. He was there to ensure they got home safely because they were super drunk. I thought he was a solid guy. Believe me when I tell you that his vibe was not bad.”
The Twitter user claimed that Ethan paid a user named Jack Katovich on the night of November 12. According to the details on Ethan Chapin's Facebook page, they were friends, the tweet said, adding that Jack was the first donor on Ethan's GoFundMe. The user wrote, "A 2nd Jack. Ethan sent his friend Jack Katovich money just before the killings. Jack's sister was sent money the day before the killings, with a note ‘3:30 am.’ Jack was 1st donor to Ethan's GoFundMe for only $6. Ethan, Jack, and Molly were FB friends."
A 2nd Jack. Ethan sent friend Jack Katovich money just prior to killings. Jack's sister was sent money day before killings, with note "3:30am". Jack was 1st donor to Ethan's GoFundMe for only $6. Ethan, Jack and Molly were FB friends. #IdahoStudents #USA #Crime #Justice pic.twitter.com/Qb8PDrbD8t— Nathan Adams (@NateAdams5k) November 24, 2022
The investigation into the murders is now in its third week and police have yet to make a breakthrough or make any arrests. Idaho State Police Communications Director Aaron Snell said his team is reviewing footage that may contain clues. Authorities are also appealing to anyone with information to come forward. 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]