Moscow Police shared updates after looking into the car because it matched the description of one that was seen close to the off-campus residence where University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves were brutally killed with sharp knives on Nov. 13.
Source: NY Post
The occupant(s) of that white 2011–2013 Hyundai Elantra wanted and the Moscow police take an interview with him, because they may have important information to share. The police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the vehicle.
When they discovered an abandoned, severely damaged car by the side of the road in Eugene, Oregon, police notified Idaho authorities.
Moscow police said that after speaking with the female owner, investigators learned that the car had been involved in a collision before being impounded. The owner “is not believed to have any relation to any property in Moscow, Idaho or the ongoing murder investigations,” according to police, and the vehicle is registered out of Colorado.
Also, Idaho authorities requested the public to stop contacting the owner.
Eugene is located about 450 miles from Moscow, the scene of the horrifying murders that have left the college town in turmoil and left investigators still looking for answers.
Since the shocking killings have not yet been linked to a suspect or suspects, pressure on the local police department to solve the case has increased.
Tuesday’s video message from Moscow Police Chief James Fry contained his defense of the actions of his department.
“I am aware that there have been some concerns raised regarding the investigation’s leadership. What I want people to know is that this is an investigation by the Moscow Police Department, Fry said, adding that his command staff had a combined 94 years of law enforcement experience. We’re going to keep working on this case and see it through to completion, she said.
While questions have been raised regarding whether Moscow police should turn over the case, the FBI and state police are assisting in the investigation.
The Goncalves family’s representative told Fox News Digital on Monday that if Moscow police “are in over their heads,” they should admit it and hand the investigation off to someone with more experience handling such cases. However, the Goncalves family is optimistic that the Moscow police are carrying out a thorough investigation, as noted by lawyer Shanon Gray.
Last week, a former FBI agent told The Post that he thought Moscow police should relinquish control of the investigation because the FBI might be a better agency to handle it.
The investigation has received more than 7,650 emails, 4,313 phone tips, 4,583 digital media submissions, and more than 250 interviews, according to police.
Be assured that this investigation is being conducted by the Moscow Police Department, of which I am the chief, and that we will see it through.