All three of Idaho’s Crime Stoppers programs have remained silent about the shocking murders of four University of Idaho students, which is “surprising,” a regional program director told the Post.
As cops in Moscow, Idaho seemingly scramble to push the high-profile case forward, Crime Stoppers groups in the area have instead issued Facebook appeals for information about stolen luggage at an airport. and an unrelated burglary case.
The shocking lack of attention to headline-grabbing murders is unusual because the state has always boasted of “strong” Crime Stoppers programs, said Larry Wieda, who served as Northern Colorado’s executive director. Crime Stoppers for 41 years.
Crime Stoppers — a Virginia-based nonprofit — typically offers money for public tipping for “anonymous information that leads to the criminal arrest of criminals and fugitives,” according to its website.
Not all Crime Stoppers programs hand out money, but the Southwest Idaho branch does — up to $1,000 — “if their information helps solve a major crime.”
But in the roughly two weeks since the Nov. 13 murders in Moscow, neither program has asked for the public’s help in the case or offered monetary rewards.
The three Idaho Crime Stoppers programs did not respond to the Post’s question about why they were not publicizing the University of Idaho murders.
The local body leading the investigation has also not announced a reward.
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“At this time, no (cash) rewards are being offered,” Moscow Police Department spokesman Aaron Snell told The Post.
The department has received more than 15,000 leads from the public in the case, Snell added.
It is not known whether Canadian law enforcement is involved in the investigation, although the scene of the murders is less than four hours drive from the nearest Canadian border crossing in Rykerts, British Columbia.
When asked if the Moscow PD worked with agencies in Canada, Snell declined to answer “yes” or “no.”
“We don’t want to speculate on the location of a potential suspect – which we don’t currently have. However, we will work with any outside agency that may be able to support our investigation,” Snell said.