On Monday, Idaho police publicly declared suspects two men involved in a “stalker reference” that may have been made by slain University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves.
The Moscow City Police Department said investigators identified an incident at a local business in mid-October “which may have been the stalker’s (Goncalves) referral to friends and family”. Two men were seen inside the unnamed business and as they parted ways, one of them appeared to follow Goncalves after he left to get to his car, police said.
But “the man turned away and it does not appear that he has made contact with her,” police said in a statement on Monday.
Detectives contacted the two men who told them they were trying to meet women in the business. Their story has been corroborated by new investigations, police said.
“Based on the information available, detectives believe this was an isolated incident and not an ongoing pattern of harassment,” Moscow police said.
“There is no evidence to suggest that the two men were involved in the murders.”
But authorities said they would continue to investigate whether or not Goncalves had a stalker as they again pleaded with the public for any information about the murders of her and three other University students. Idaho.
A week after the killings, police say investigators were aware of reports that Goncalves had a stalker, but were unable to verify or identify a stalker after reviewing “hundreds of items of information”.
Detectives have received an extraordinary 2,645 email tips, 2,770 phone tips and more than 1,000 digital submissions so far as Goncalves’ killer(s) Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin remain at large. The terrifying November 13 discovery of the four stabbed bodies rocked the small college town.
Cops also clarified that Goncalves’ dog, found inside the off-campus house where the quadruple homicide took place, had no evidence of it. The animal was in a room where the crimes had not been committed, police said, and there was no indication the pup had entered the crime scene.
“While the dog was in the house when the police arrived,” Moscow police said. “It has not been determined where the dog was physically located when the murders took place.”
Detectives are still looking for information about what happened between 9 p.m. on Saturday November 12 and around 1:45 a.m. the next morning in relation to Chapin and Kernodle who police say were at the Sigma Chi fraternity house on the campus.
The FBI and state police are also involved in the high-profile homicide investigation as frustration among victims’ families mounts. Moscow police slammed the speculation for “stirring up community fears and spreading false information”.
“Law enforcement did not release any additional facts to the family or the public,” Moscow police said, pointing to the ongoing investigation. “We recognize the frustration this causes and that speculation proliferates in the absence of facts.
“However, we strongly believe that speculation and unverified information does a disservice to the victims, their families and our community.”