University of Idaho murders left surreal crime scene: neighbors

Questions about the mysterious fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students this month continued to swirl Tuesday as neighbors described the surreal nature of the crime scene.

The off-campus neighborhood in Moscow, Idaho, where Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found dead Nov. 13 hasn’t been the same since officials found their bodies inside a home, nearby residents told Fox News.

“I went to bed early that night, and then I woke up to a bunch of normal and then a couple of hours later we got a message and there was a bunch of police here,” fellow student Jeremy Reagan said in a report published Tuesday. “And then that was the end of normalcy for the past week or so here.”

Reagan and another neighbor, Heather Tetwiler, said the house was known for hosting parties.

“It’s just been crazy, just how quiet it’s been,” Tetwiler said. “They always had a little gathering, so they always have music going.”

Their comments follow a police update Monday night in which investigators said a dog was recovered from the home “on the night of the incident.”

“The dog was unharmed and turned over to Animal Services and then released to a responsible party,” Moscow Police said.

Police say Goncalves and Mogen, both 21, returned home at 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 13, around the same time Chapin and Kernodle, both 20, arrived there. The murders are believed to have taken place between 3-4 a.m.

Boise State University students, along with people who knew the four University of Idaho students who were found killed in Moscow, Idaho, days earlier, pay their respects at a vigil held in front of a statue on the Boise State campus, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Boise, Idaho.

Two other roommates living at the home are not suspected to be involved in the case, police said. The mysterious nature of the killings caused rumors to spread within the community.

“Rumors and speculation continue circulating about the ongoing investigation,” Moscow Police said Sunday. “MPD cautions the public not to rely on rumors and remains committed to keeping the public informed. We urge reliance on official channels for accurate information.”

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