Police officials have been unable to confirm reports that one of the University of Idaho students killed, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, was being stalked.
“Investigators have thoroughly reviewed the information they received that Kaylee Goncalves has a stalker,” the Moscow Police Department said in an update on Tuesday night’s investigation. “They investigated hundreds of pieces of information on the subject and were unable to verify or identify a stalker.”
Police made the announcement after law enforcement officials said earlier Tuesday that they were investigating reports that Goncalves had a stalker.
“We are aware of and are investigating these various reports,” Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell told ABC News.
More than a week after Goncalves and three other students — Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21 — were stabbed to death while they slept at their off-campus home, police have not arrested any suspects.
Snell said he remains “optimistic” investigators will drop the case soon – as the Moscow community lives in fear as the killer is still at large.
“Somewhere out there is a piece of evidence that will help us solve this case,” he said.
“We keep working hard and want the community to know what we’re doing,” he added.
Kaylee’s parents, Steve and Kristi Goncalves, said police told them the killer had been “careless” and left a mess of evidence. Police said it appears the victims were targeted, although the motive remains unclear.
“It was a complex and horrific crime that will take time to solve,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry warned on Monday.
“We think they’re being targeted because we’re looking at the totality of all the circumstances that we’re looking at. Do we know anyone who has been targeted? Said Fry too. “Based on our investigation, we can’t say that at this time, but we still believe in it.”
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Police received more than 600 tips and conducted dozens of interviews as investigators from various agencies swept into the town of around 25,000.
Former FBI agent Brad Garrett told ABC News that the killer or killers may have known about the split of the three-story home, which neighbors described as a “party house.”
The four students were all killed between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. while their other two surviving roommates slept in another part of the house, police said.
“It tells me that someone came into the house with a certain level of comfort — that they probably knew their way around the house,” Garrett said.
Roommates Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen found their murdered friends and called the police just before noon on November 13. Police said it appears the roommates contacted other friends before dialing 911.
“Several people spoke to emergency services before a Moscow police officer arrived at the scene,” officials said. “Officials entered the residence and found the four victims on the second and third floors.”
Garrett said ABC investigators should expand their search beyond the victims’ immediate circle of friends and family.
“They have to start expanding to people that they’ve only had a casual relationship with,” he said.