MOSCOW, Idaho – Eleven days after the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students, Moscow has become a ghost town.
It being a Thanksgiving Day, almost every business on Main Street was closed — except the gym. Many students went home to spend the holidays with family or to distance themselves from the shocking unsolved murders.
Outside the Mad Greek, a makeshift memorial honors the victims. It is one of several built around the city and campus.
Two of the victims, Madison Mogen, 21, and Jana Karnodle, 20, worked there. A flyer in the window asks the public for tips.
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“I don’t know what to say other than you were amazing people who didn’t deserve this,” one note read.
The two women, along with Ethan Chapin, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death in their sleep between 3 and 4 a.m. on Nov. 13 in a rental home where the three young women lived with two other roommates who were not. The victim, Chapin, was Karnodle’s boyfriend and had been there that night.
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A woman working at a coffee shop near Moscow police headquarters said she didn’t expect anyone else to be open on the holiday.
A few cars passed through the area. Most of the parking lots were empty.
But investigators were seen working through the holidays, starting late in the morning.
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FBI agents and uniformed officers arrived. A man in white appeared briefly, said police headquarters were “packed” inside, and returned through the locked front door.
Two men came to drop off boxes of donuts and at one point a truck came to fuel the mobile command center, which earlier in the day was in the gated parking lot behind the police station.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry did not immediately respond to questions about the Thanksgiving staffing, but authorities said at a news briefing Wednesday that they plan to continue the investigation through the holiday.
Idaho State Police Communications Director Aaron Snell told Fox News Digital on Thursday that investigators will be working around the clock and through Thanksgiving and holiday weekends.
“We have numerous detectives who continue to work, FBI agents who continue to work,” he said. “They will be working through this holiday and into the weekend.”
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Outside the victim’s home, just off campus, Latah County sheriff’s deputies stood guard. Behind them, pink tape sealed the front door, marked and time-stamped for each investigator who went inside.
Crime scene tape remains around the property, with blinds pulled shut. The victim’s car was still parked outside Thursday morning.
And the investigators have their work cut out for them. A classmate told Fox News Digital on Wednesday that the victims lived in a known “party house,” where dozens of friends might have passed in the days leading up to the murders, complicating the collection of DNA evidence at the scene.
“They could have had a party of 40, 50 people last week, so the hair evidence, that makes things very suspicious,” said Joseph Giacalone, an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and A retired NYPD Sgt, Fox News Digital said. “Because of the dynamics of what you’re dealing with here, you have to rely on phone records, Internet records and surveillance video to try to piece this thing together.”
Police have not publicly identified any suspects or persons of interest.
But they have denied two female roommates who were downstairs at the time of the killings, a man who appeared on surveillance video at a food truck at the same time as Goncalves and Mogen shortly before they returned home, a “private party” driver. Those who drove them home were Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend and a group of friends who were present at the home Sunday morning when the initial 911 call was made.
Police said Wednesday they had taken 4,000 photos and collected 103 pieces of “evidence.”
They also said detectives seized the contents of three dumpsters on King Road as part of the investigation.
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They’re asking anyone in the neighborhood with surveillance footage to turn them in.
They did not recover the murder weapon and could not confirm reports that Goncalves had a stalker before the attack.
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“Kylie mentioned having a stalker, but detectives were unable to confirm the statement,” police said in a statement. “Investigators are urging anyone with information about possible stalkers, or unusual instances, to contact the tip line.”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the tip line at 208-883-7180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.