MOSCOW, Idaho – The chief of the Moscow, Idaho police department dismissed the possibility of its investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students on Nov. 13 turning cold, stating that the case will be solved.
Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry made the comments to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on Thursday, over two weeks after the four University of Idaho students, Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were fatally stabbed in a King Road house near the college campus between the hours of 3 and 4 a.m.
“I’m not even going to speculate on that, number one, because that’s not even in my mind,” Fry said when asked if the incident will turn into a cold case. “We’re going to solve this. We’re going to continue to work until we solve it.”
The two roommates who were unharmed in the attack woke up later in the morning on Nov. 13 and “summoned” friends because “they believed one of the second-floor victims had passed out and was not waking up,” police said, adding that the 911 call at 11:58 a.m. was made on one of the roommates’ cell phone. “Multiple people” talked with the 911 dispatcher before police arrived at the home, officials said.
When police arrived, they “found two victims on the second floor and two victims on the third floor.”
During the interview, Fry said that little information is being released to protect the cases’ integrity.
“We’re always going to hold stuff back as much as we possibly can because when you’re talking about the integrity of the case, you’re talking about when this goes to trial, have you tainted jurors?” Fry said. “There’s a way bigger picture here than just people knowing. Because for it to be a fair trial, you have to have people who don’t know facts and have already made up their own opinions on them.”
Fry also addressed complaints from the community about the speed of the investigation.
“I think people need to realize that these things take time in order to get the evidence processed and processed properly without destroying it or contaminating it,” he said.
Fry stated that the police department remains confident the attack was targeted.
On Wednesday night, the Moscow Police Department said in a press release that “detectives do not currently know if the residence or any occupants were specifically targeted but continue to investigate.”
In a statement provided to Fox News on Thursday, the Moscow Police Department clarified that it believes the attack was targeted.
“Our clarification last night directly addressed comments made by Latah County Prosecutor Thompson, who said the suspect(s) specifically looked at this residence, and that one or more of the occupants were undoubtedly targeted. We remain consistent in our belief that this was indeed a targeted attack but have not concluded if the target was the residence or its occupants,” the statement read.
Fox News’ Christina Coleman and Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this report.