A Moscow police captain says he arrived at the scene of a quadruple homicide Tuesday and found a “scary” crowd of friends and family members crying outside a rental home near the University of Idaho campus. he said.
“It was tough — I got called home. It was Sunday afternoon,” Moscow Police Department Operations Capt. Roger Lanier said in a video update released Dec. 13 — the one-month anniversary of the Idaho murders. “It took me a second. I had to think about what I heard — four murders in Moscow, Idaho, are very out of character.”
She drove to the scene on November 13, the same day students Kayleigh Goncalves, 21, her best friend Madison Mogen, 21, Hana Kernodle, 20, and her friend Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death. was found. and the third floors of 1122 King Road.
He said the scene was calm but “very, very sad” as students gathered around the house.
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“They were standing outside, there were a lot of people crying, friends trying to find out who was inside the house, some family members who arrived at the scene. It was very difficult for the community,” the captain recalled.
Lanier said there were four new officers and this was the first major crime scene they had encountered.
“Emotionally, it was a very, very draining day,” he said.
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The captain called the storm of rumors and rumors on social media the most frustrating part of the investigation.
“Not only are we monitoring these rumors and trying to quell them, but we see that our advice is focused more on rumors than on published facts,” he said.
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It affected the families of the victims, he added, “some of whom received death threats.”
“In some ways it’s been devastating, in many ways it’s rebuilding people who have been through this terrible trauma,” Lanier said.
Police continue to sift through the “massive number of vital tips” they receive every day, he said.
“This investigation is not cold,” he added. “Eventually, we will find out what happened and who did it.”
The Moscow Police Department is asking the public to send tips to: 208-883-7180, firstname.lastname@example.org or send digital media Here.
Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.