The top cop investigating the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students revealed on Thursday that his force had been tipped nearly 20,000 – but still had no suspects.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry said investigators had “received a lot more advice recently”, nearly seven weeks after the shocking Nov. 13 killings at an off-campus house.
“We received over 19,650 tips,” he said, explaining how 9,025 came by email, 4,575 by phone and another 6,050 through digital media.
The flood of tips has averaged nearly 1,000 a day over the past 10 days, with the force only saying on December 19 that it had hit the 10,000 mark.
“We continue to investigate these and track them,” Fry said.
Moscow police separately said officers had “conducted more than 300 interviews” in the case, but “no suspects have been identified.”
The department still believes that key clues are still retained.
“Investigators believe someone has information that adds context to what happened the night of the killings and continue to request additional photos, videos and social media content,” police said.
“Our focus remains the investigation, not the activities of an individual displayed in the tip.”
A key objective is to find a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra spotted in the immediate area when 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, 21-year-old Madison Mogen, 20-year-old Xana Kernoodle and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death.
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“Investigators believe the occupier(s) may have critical information to share about this case,” the force said again on Thursday, without specifying whether they were wanted as suspects or simply as key witnesses.
Some 90 white Hyundai Elantras registered to park at the school, PKB News reported Wednesday, citing records. Moscow police previously said they would examine at least 22,000 vehicles matching the description across the country.