Moscow, Idaho, Police Chief Weeps As University Murders Investigate: ‘This Will Affect Us’

chief Moscow, Idaho, The police department became emotional in an exclusive interview with Fox News, discussing his personal connection to the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry spoke with Fox News’ Alexis McAdams on Tuesday, more than three weeks after four University of Idaho students, Ethan Chapin, 20, Hana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21 and 21-year-old Kayleigh Goncalves. was stabbed to death in a King Road home near the college campus between 3 and 4 a.m. Police said they have no suspects and have not recovered the “fixed knife” they believe was the murder weapon.

Fry, who reiterated his commitment to solving the quadruple homicide, said he would continue to stress that “no stone will be left unturned” as investigators focus on the timeline of the Nov. 13 incident.


Flowers are placed at a memorial for four students who were killed on Nov. 13 at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Nov. 21, 2022.
(for Derek Shook)

“This case is not cold. We have tips coming in, we have detectives talking to people every day. We’re still looking at evidence, we’re still looking at all aspects of this,” he told Fox News. It was shown in “Hikoya”. “I said early on that no stone will be left unturned, and I mean it. We’re going to keep going. It’s not going cold.”

In a rare move for a police chief, Fry broke down in tears when asked about his personal connection to the case, offering the public a glimpse into the psychological impact the horrific crime has had on his department and the community.

“I’m a father with daughters, it’s very difficult,” he said. “We’re human. We don’t go to these things and just shut it down. It affects us. But we have a job to do, and we’re going to keep doing it, keep moving forward.”


Ethan Chapin, 20, Hana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, are shown with the women's two other roommates in Kylie Goncalves' last Instagram post, which she shared the day before the murder.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Hana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, are shown with the women’s two other roommates in the last Instagram post Kayleigh Goncalves shared the day before the murder.

Fry’s comments come as some of the victims’ families have complained publicly about the pace of the investigation and that police are sharing limited information with the public.

Kylee Goncalves’ father, Steve Goncalves, told Fox News last week that he had lost confidence in the investigation, which he said had raised “more questions than answers,” blaming poor police communication and conflicting reports from the department. it has been.

His wife, Christy Goncalves, also expressed frustration with the investigation, saying some people were cleared by police over the weekend “too quickly, maybe they shouldn’t have been.”

Fry said little information is being released to protect the integrity of the cases, but said investigators are using all available resources and doing everything they can to find the killer.

Steve Goncalves speaks at a Nov. 30, 2022 event about his daughter Kaylee Goncalves, one of four University of Idaho students killed Nov. 13.

Steve Goncalves speaks at a Nov. 30, 2022 event about his daughter Kaylee Goncalves, one of four University of Idaho students killed Nov. 13.
(Ted Warren via AP/ Instagram)

Addressing Christie’s complaint, Fry said the department has re-interviewed some individuals up to three times, noting that a “cleared” individual could still come back to speak with investigators if the evidence supports it.

“We always have the option of re-interviewing,” he said. “We’ve re-interviewed people two or three times because we get tips or information that we need to double-check and sometimes we need to ask the questions a little differently. We’re getting the information we need to continue this investigation.” .So this happens regularly in all investigations.

At the end of the interview, Fox News host Martha McCallum asked McAdams if they had more information than the limited amount that police have shared with the public.

“Do they seem lost for ideas right now or [are they] are you really interested in something? McCallum asked.

According to McAdams, the police confirmed to him that they were “cutting down on a very good timeline and that they had very good information.”

“They say just because they’re not releasing a lot of information doesn’t mean they don’t have it,” McAdams said, adding that police told him “if they don’t have information, that’s when they go.” tell the public and give them more information about who they think this person is … if that person is a man or a woman.”

McAdams said police investigating the case feel they are “on the right track” and that they have “collected a lot of evidence and we feel good about where this case is going.”

The Moscow Police Department is asking the public to send in tips by phone 208-883-7180, e-mail or provide digital media Here.

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