Idaho murders: Neighbor of slain university students says front door left open after attacks

A neighbor of four slain University of Idaho students, whose shocking stabbing deaths are still unsolved, found their front door open just hours after they were killed, nearly four weeks later. he said that he cried.

Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Hana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found dead in a home just yards from campus, hours after police said someone attacked them in their sleep on Nov. 13. Three women lived there, and Chapin visited his lover Kernodle.

A neighbor told Fox News this week that the front door — which opens to a level where two other roommates were unharmed — was left open around 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 13.

Police believe the stabbing took place between 3 and 4 a.m. that morning — while the victims were sleeping and Moscow police officers were responding to an unrelated incident a hundred yards away.

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A shower curtain is seen through an open door inside the home where four people were killed Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, at the University of Idaho in Moscow. A neighbor told Fox News that the same door was left open that morning. the murders, hours after they happened and hours before the police arrived.
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During the night, a 911 call was made from the phone of one of the two surviving roommates about a possible “unconscious person.”

The authorities kept mum on how the killer got in and out of the house.

When asked about the condition of the front door when police arrived, a Fox News spokeswoman said Thursday that “this type of information is part of the investigation and will not be released.”

Chapin was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and majored in recreation, sports and tourism management, the University of Idaho said. Her brother’s house is across the field about 200 yards from the crime scene, and that’s where she and Kernodle spent most of the evening before returning to his place around 1:45 a.m., according to investigators.

On November 13, 2022, four people were killed at the University of Idaho.

On November 13, 2022, four people were killed at the University of Idaho.

Kernodle and Mogen both belonged to the Pi Beta Phi sorority and were marketing majors. Goncalves, a general studies major, belonged to Alpha Phi.

Two of the victims were sleeping on the second floor and two on the third floor, but police have not confirmed who was found where – or whether the bedroom doors were locked after the killings. The survivors were both sleeping downstairs, as was the house dog.

The Latah County Coroner later said all four were victims of stabbings and that their wounds were likely inflicted in their sleep. “Some” of them showed signs of a struggle, but police declined to elaborate.

Dozens of investigators from the Moscow Police Department, the Idaho State Police and the FBI have been working around the clock for weeks on the case.

“We’re looking at all aspects,” said Aaron Snell, state police communications director. “Our concept is that if we start latching on to a particular idea, we might miss other clues in other parts of that research.”

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To that end, authorities said they are looking for the occupants of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was seen near the victims’ home at the time of Wednesday’s crime. Police are asking anyone who knows anything, even small details, to come forward.

“Your information, whether you think it’s important or not, can be a piece of the puzzle that helps investigators solve the murders,” police said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to call 208-883-7180 ​​or email

Canadian border officials said Thursday they were also looking for a white Hyundai at ports of entry into the country.

Fox News’ Christina Corbin contributed to this report.

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