Kaylee Goncalves, a student killed at the University of Idaho, was a true crime fighter who reported to police the possible sighting of a missing woman a year before her own grisly death.
Goncalves, 21, was stabbed to death at an off-campus house in Moscow, Idaho in the early hours of November 13, 2022.
Goncalves’ body was found in the same bed as that of her best friend, 21-year-old Madison Mogen. Roommate Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were found dead in another room.
In the wake of her murder, the Goncalves family reached out to popular true-crime vlogger Olivia Vitale and reminisced about the aspiring elementary school teacher’s passion for true crime.
“I started looking at the case that [Kaylee] was following up with you, then I said, “I’m going to reach out because maybe she can help solve Kaylee’s story,” devastated dad Steve Goncalves told Vitale in an exclusive interview that aired this month. -this.
“[Kaylee] wanted to help other families find that justice.
In fact, a year before her death, Kaylee Goncalves was briefly involved in another local mystery.
According to a police file obtained by PKB News, Goncalves called the Moscow Police Department on October 5, 2021 to report a possible sighting of missing woman Sharon Archer.
Archer, 62, had been listed as endangered in Coeur d’Alene, Kaylee’s hometown, the previous month.
“Kaylee told me the woman was playing [sic] to her and her boyfriend when they were in the store and when they left [of Walmart]“, Sgt. Dustin Blaker wrote in his report on the incident.
sergeant. Blaker noted that Goncalves thought she recognized Archer from a missing person poster, which she passed on to him.
Although police responded to the call, they were unable to obtain surveillance footage to locate Archer or his Toyota SUV. Searches for nearby hotels also turned up nothing.
Archer was found dead in her submerged car in Lake Fernan later that month, KREM2 reported.
The interaction wasn’t Goncalves’ last encounter with police: In August 2022, just months before the killings, she was captured on body camera footage at the Moscow home after officers responded to a complaint for noise at the address.
sergeant. Blaker then became a lead investigator into the November 13 stabbings. PKB News reported that his affidavit was used to support the search warrant for suspect Bryan Kohberger’s apartment and office in Pullman, Washington.
Kohberger, 28, was a doctoral candidate in criminology at Washington State University in Pulllman, about 15 minutes from Moscow. He was arrested at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania on December 30.
“I just looked at him…and I couldn’t take my eyes off him, his every move,” Kaylee’s mother, Kristi Goncalves, told NewsNation of the first time she spotted the suspect ahead. Latah County Court.
Steve Goncalves said he was surprised to find that Kohberger was “a guy who looks like a normal, everyday kid.”
Now in custody in Idaho, Kohberger faces four counts of murder and one of burglary. Kohberger has not pleaded guilty and will return to court in June.