The police chief in the college town where four University of Idaho students were killed last month hinted at the possible release of the 911 call that alerted authorities to the killings.
Much of the stabbings of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in Moscow on November 13 remain a mystery. The criminal investigation is now in its seventh week with no arrests or named suspects.
Among the many quirks of the case is the fact that the 911 call that led to the discovery of the bodies came eight to nine hours after the murders allegedly took place. Moscow police have refused to release audio or a transcript of the call about an ‘unconscious individual’, which they say came from the cellphone of one of the two surviving housemates who were likely sleeping when the killer struck .
The two young women, along with other friends who were “summoned” to the crime scene by them, were ruled out as suspects. On Tuesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry gave insight into when the 911 call could potentially go public.
“I think it will be released when the prosecution feels we can release it,” Fry said in an interview with ABC affiliate KREM-TV. “It may be at trial… It may be before.”
Mr Fry declined to say whether what was discussed in the call could lead to arrests.
The 911 call was made at 11:58 a.m. on November 13 – when the students were believed to have been killed between 3 and 4 a.m.
“The surviving housemates summoned friends to the residence because they believed that one of the victims on the second floor had passed out and was not waking up,” read a Moscow police statement at the start of the incident. investigation.
“Several people spoke with the 911 dispatcher before a Moscow police officer arrived on the scene. Officers entered the residence and found the four victims on the second and third floors. »
It is unclear whether the wording “unconscious individual” is attributed to the caller or the dispatcher.
When pressed by The Independent explaining why the appeal could not be released, the department said: “The content is exempt from public disclosure because the records are active investigative records which, if released, would interfere with the proceedings of execution…”
On Tuesday, Mr Fry also said his investigators were still awaiting crime lab results from evidence collected at the scene of the quadruple murder.
“We don’t want to rush this, we want to make sure they take their time to get it right,” Mr. Fry told KREM-TV. “Real life and movies are very different. You know, in movies, they all have [the results] back in an hour.
“We don’t get that in real life, so we’re going to be patient.”
Mr Fry said he could not say if any DNA was found at the scene.
Moscow police issued a new appeal this week saying they believe “someone” knows something that could lead them to the killer.
Investigators are continuing to search for the occupant(s) of a white 2011 to 2013 model year Hyundai Elantra seen in the “immediate area” of the King Road home at the time of the murders.
The individual or individuals in the car – whose license plate is unknown – may have “critical information to share regarding this matter”, police said.
So far, police have identified approximately 22,000 vehicles that match the vehicle description and are combing through information for clues.
Anyone who owns a vehicle that matches the description, or who knows someone who might own such a vehicle or drove one in the days leading up to or on the day of the killings, is invited to come forward.