Amid criticism for failing to find a suspect in the brutal murder of four University of Idaho students more than six weeks after the murders, the Moscow police department said on Tuesday it believed someone one was withholding information.
The department said in an update that detectives believe this person may have a crucial detail “that adds context to what happened the night of the murders.”
“Our focus remains the investigation, not the activities of an individual displayed in the tip,” police said.
“Whether you think it’s important or not, your information could be one of the pieces of the puzzle that helps solve these murders.”
Cops added that the digital tip and lead submission will not be made public “due to our ongoing commitment to keeping information private and details that may be relevant to the ongoing criminal investigation.”
Police also confirmed on Tuesday that an associate professor of history at the college, who was mentioned in a viral video, is not considered a suspect in the case.
The professor, Rebecca Scofield, has filed a lawsuit against TikTok personality and cyber sleuth Ashley Guillard for defamation after the budding sleuth accused her of involvement in the campus murders last month. The lawsuit, filed last week, points to numerous videos posted on the platform that attempted to link the teacher to the murders.
Police also said they are continuing their search for the white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that cops believe was in the area of the house at the time of the killings. A white Hyundai Elantra spotted in Oregon has been confirmed linked to the murders.
Police said they still believe the occupier or occupants may have “critical information” that could help in the case. They sort over 22,000 vehicles that match the description.
Additional updates will be provided to the public when the information becomes available for release, cops said.
Madison Mogen, 21, her best friend Kaylee Goncalves, also 21, their roommate Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were brutally stabbed to death at their home in the early morning hours of November 13 .
Two other roommates, who were on the ground floor, apparently slept during the bloodbath on the second and third floors, police said. The two roommates were ruled out as suspects by the police.
The police received nearly 12,000 tips and more than 4,500 digital media submissions.
No suspects have been named and the murder weapon, believed to be a large knife, has not been found.
Madison Mogen’s father, Ben Mogen, told the Spokesperson’s Review last week that he remained optimistic that the combined efforts of the Moscow Police Department, FBI and state troopers would resolve The crime.
“From the very beginning, I’ve known that people don’t get away with these things these days,” the grieving father said of the stabbings.
“There are too many things you can find yourself on, like DNA and videos everywhere,” he said, although so far no such clue seems to have been found.
“It’s not something that people get away with, that goes unresolved,” he told the Idaho newspaper.