Infamous Idaho student murder house to be cleared by Crime Scene Cleanup Team

A crime scene cleanup team is deployed to clean up the infamous murder house in Moscow, Idaho, where four promising young college students were stabbed to death more than a month ago, police said Thursday .

Moscow Police Chief James Fry released a video announcing that a private company will disinfect the three-story bloodstained house at 1122 King Street on Friday morning.

“Part of the reason we’re doing this is because of the biohazards, as well as the chemicals that were used during the investigation,” Fry said, referring to materials used by medical examiners during the search. clues in the house.

Roommates Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were all found stabbed to death in their beds as they slept at inside the off-campus house in the early hours of November. 13.

Two other housemates – Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen – were also home during the attack but survived and even slept in. The surviving roommates were ruled out as suspects.

When police initially investigated the quadruple stabbing, the scene that awaited them was described as “the worst they had ever seen”, with blood even seeping from the walls.

Four students were stabbed to death in their homes on November 13.

” There was blood everywhere. We have investigators who have been in the job for 20 or even 30 years and they say they have never seen anything like it,” a police source told the Daily Mail at the time.

It’s unclear how long the cleanup process would take, said Moscow police captain Anthony Dahlinger.

“Sanitation is necessary to ensure the property is cleaned and safe to return to the owner/property management company,” Dahlinger told the Post.

Officials from Team Idaho Property Management, which manages the home, said the property will remain under police control during the entire cleanup process.

Police carry the victims' shoes outside their home in Moscow, Idaho.

Police carry the victims’ shoes outside their home in Moscow, Idaho.

General view of the kitchen of an off-campus house where four University of Idaho students were stabbed

The crime scene was reportedly one of the worst tenured investigators had ever seen.


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The cleaning team is ready to disinfect the house so that people and property management can return.


Moscow police – aided by the FBI and state police – have yet to name a suspect or release a profile of the ruthless killer, but have taken several forensic samples and evidence from the home.

“At this time, we don’t have a clear idea of ​​how long this will take, and we don’t have a specific date when the property will be returned to the owner,” said Merida McClanahan, management services supervisor. real estate, told the Post.

She added: ‘There are different stages, but once the repair is complete, the homeowner’s insurance company can step in and do what they need to do to process an insurance claim. And then the owner will be able to determine what will happen with the property in the future.

The unidentified owner has yet to decide whether the home will be torn down or left standing, McClanahan said.

The sprawling three-story house became a gruesome tourist attraction as true crime buffs converged on the quaint town of around 25,000, most of them students.

The crime scene cleanup team will have to use biohazard chemicals to treat the gruesome murder scene, which was concentrated on the second and third floors where the four students were killed.

Lathan County coroner Cathy Mabbutt said in an interview with the Today Show that the killer used a knife and left “quite a lot” of blood at the scene.

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Police are seated outside the house where the four students were stabbed to death.
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“It’s quite traumatic when there are four dead students… who were stabbed to death in one place,” Mabbutt said. “I’ve been a coroner for 16 years…we’ve had several murders (of victims) in the past, but nothing, nothing like that.”

Officers began removing boxes of personal items and furniture belonging to housemates who were murdered on December 7.

Police officers were seen carrying storage bins with Mogen’s name scrawled on the side. A yellow suitcase with the name of Goncalves’ father, Steve, was also taken out of the house by cops, along with artwork and other nicknames.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Thursday that his department had received more than 19,650 tips, but did not mention huge breaks in the case.

“We’ve received a lot more tips recently and we continue to investigate and act on those,” Fry said in his video statement.

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