MOSCOW, Idaho — The FBI has joined the investigation into the gruesome stabbing murder of four University of Idaho students — as prosecutors warn the killer, or killers, are still at large.
Moscow Police chief James Fry said the FBI has joined Latah County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police to investigate the bloody murder, which happened at the students’ off-campus home.
“Currently, we have 25-plus investigators working this case,” Fry said.
The murderer is “still out here,” Fry added, noting that “investigators are continuing to collect evidence at the scene.”
Meanwhile, Latah County prosecuting attorney Bill Thompson said “It certainly is possible” there is more than one suspect on the “Today” show Thursday.
The murders of Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, on Sunday rocked the school community, with police describing the crime scene as the “worst they’ve ever seen.”
All four of the victims are said to have been stabbed to death in the early hours of the morning while their two roommates were upstairs.
Authorities revealed Wednesday a 911 call wasn’t made until hours later, saying they could not give a reason why, and would not reveal who made it, pending the open investigation.
Initially the local police said they believed the attack was “targeted” and there was no immediate threat to the local community — but now appear to have backtracked.
Although the FBI are best known for investigating inter-state and federal crimes, they are often brought in to assist smaller police forces when a crime of magnitude happens, as they have access to resources and technology a local force may not.
Latah said Thursday that “investigators do not know who that person is,” referring to the murderer.
Police are also in search of a murder weapon, and believe it might be a “Rambo”-style knife in the slayings, a local store owner said.
Moscow Building Supply general manager Scott Jutte told the Idaho Statesman that a police officer came into his store to inquire about the sale of a KA-BAR brand combat blade.
Jutte said the knife in question was used by US Marines in the 1940s and is “similar to the knife Rambo has.”