University of Idaho to step up security in spring after unsolved quadruple murder

The University of Idaho will step up security next semester after four of its students were killed at a nearby off-campus house.

Nearly six weeks after the fatal stabbings of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in Moscow on November 13, the killer is still at large. Police in the town of just 25,000 are still receiving information about a Hyundai Elantra seen near the crime scene at the time of the killings.

As of Wednesday evening, no suspects have been named and no murder weapon has been found.

It has now been revealed that the University of Idaho plans to offer self-defense, harassment awareness and vigilance classes to students in the upcoming spring semester, Fox News Digital reported. The college will also work “with fraternity and sorority chapters to bring in outside experts to assess the safety and security of the chapter’s facilities.”

The university will allow students who do not wish to return to the Moscow campus to take classes online or take classes at the Boise, Idaho Falls and Coeur d’Alene campuses. Meanwhile, students who stay in Moscow will see more law enforcement and security personnel, according to Fox.

Investigators are still looking for the occupant or occupants of a mysterious white car that was spotted near the student house at the time of the murders.

Police have identified approximately 22,000 vehicles that match the car’s description and are combing through information for clues.

Moscow police said a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra with an unknown license plate was seen “in the immediate vicinity” in the early hours of November 13.

“Investigators believe the occupant(s) of this vehicle may have critical information to share regarding this case,” police said in a statement nearly two weeks ago.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were killed on Sunday (Instagram)

Amid growing tensions between relatives of the victims over the lack of information released and doubts raised over whether the local department has the resources and experience to handle the investigation, the police chief said that he would continue to oversee the investigation.

“There have been many questions about leadership in this survey. Let’s be clear, this is the investigation of the Moscow Police Department, and I am the Chief of Police,” Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry said in a video statement on Tuesday.

He continued, “Decisions are mine and mine alone. I have an excellent command staff, with over 94 years of combined experience, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the investigation, and I select who leads the investigation teams.

Investigators are still searching for a white Hyundai Elantra as part of the University of Idaho (Moscow City Police Department) murder investigation

Investigators are still searching for a white Hyundai Elantra as part of the University of Idaho (Moscow City Police Department) murder investigation

The four victims were stabbed to death in their bed with a fixed blade knife around 3am or 4am on November 13. There were no signs of sexual assault.

Two surviving roommates had also been out that night and returned home around 1 a.m., police said. The two women, who lived in bedrooms on the first floor of the house, reportedly slept during the brutal killings and were not injured.

The gruesome crime scene went unnoticed for several hours as police received a 911 call at 11.58am on Sunday reporting an “unconscious individual” at the home.

The other two housemates had first called friends at home because they believed one of the victims on the second floor was unconscious and would not wake up. When the friends arrived, a 911 call was made from the phone of one of the housemates.

Police arrived at the scene to find all four victims dead from multiple stab wounds.

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