Latest on Idaho college murders: Three missteps in Moscow police investigation

Experts have pointed to a series of missteps in the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students.

The brutal stabbings have drawn national attention as the local Moscow police department, which carried out its last homicide in 2015 before the quadruple tragedy on November 13, scrambles to piece together the evidence.

More than 10 days after the brutal stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Moge, 21, no arrests have been made in the case and the suspects have not yet been identified.

More details are expected to be revealed at a press conference on Wednesday.

As the public and grieving families grew frustrated with the lack of published information and conspiracy theories fueled by internet sleuths, respectively, a retired NYPD sergeant told Fox that Moscow police revealed a lot.

“Investigators gave away too much information,” Joseph Giacalone, a 20-year police veteran and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the network.

Mr. Giacalone went on to slam Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt, who appeared in several media interviews across the country and disclosed what Mr. Giacalone called speculation.

Ms Mabbutt called the killings ‘personal’ after carrying out the autopsies and revealed the victims were found in their beds and were likely sleeping when they were attacked. She added that the weapon used was a “large knife”.

“It was not only surprising but aggravating,” Mr. Giacalone told Fox. “It’s not for her to investigate this thing on TV and speculate.”

Another source of controversy in the handling of the investigation was Moscow Police Chief Jame Fry’s initial assessment of reassuring the small college town community that there was no ongoing threat three days after the violent murders.

Later, he returned to these remarks, asking the inhabitants to remain vigilant and cautious vis-à-vis their environment.

“They don’t have an identified suspect, and they still don’t have a motive, so until you have these two extremely vital elements, you can’t reassure the public,” Mr. Giacalone told Fox. .

On Wednesday, Moscow police said the crime scene had been expanded to cover the parking lot, but just a day earlier, an Idaho State Police spokesperson said The Independent this was not the case and that the boundary strip had been moved because “the detectives needed the extra space to work”.

After the murders, Moscow Mayor Art Bettge offered a premature assessment of the murders, calling them a “crime of passion”. Mr. Bettge does not appear to have a background in criminology, according to the city’s website.

Herman Weisberg, who is also a retired NYPD officer, told Fox that while the department is inundated with requests from news channels, the integrity of the investigation must remain the top priority.

“Personally, I cringe when I see the media and public inquiries outweigh the need to preserve the integrity of the investigation,” Weisberg said. “It’s all down to the salon sleuths circulating on social media.”

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