Coroner: Idaho students stabbed in their beds

SPOKANE, Wash. – Four University of Idaho students found dead in a tenement on Sunday were stabbed to death in their beds and are believed to be asleep, a county coroner told a cable news channel.

Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told NewsNation Thursday that each victim suffered multiple stab wounds from a “rather large knife.”

“It takes someone to be pretty angry to stab four people,” Mabbutt told NewsNation. The coroner said the victims were stabbed in the chest and upper body.

Efforts by The Associated Press to reach Mabbutt by phone Friday were diverted to an Idaho State Police spokesman, who did not immediately respond to the messages. Mabbutt’s comments expanded on autopsy reports released Thursday, which concluded the four students were stabbed to death.

The killings have rocked Moscow, an Idaho Panhandle city of 25,000 that last saw a homicide about five years ago. The green university town is about 130 kilometers south of Spokane, Washington.

Officers have not identified a suspect or found a weapon, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said. All four victims were fraternity and sorority members: seniors Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Junior Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and freshman Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington. The women were roommates. The bodies were found Sunday afternoon.

The Moscow Police Department on Friday released a map showing a rough timeline of events leading up to the deaths and asked the public to provide any tips or clues.

The card showed that Ethan and Xana attended a party at the Sigma Chi Brotherhood home between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. The card said the two had returned to Xana’s rental at 1:45 am Sunday.

Meanwhile, from Saturday 10 p.m. to Sunday 1:30 a.m., Kaylee and Maddie went to the Corner Club, a popular bar in downtown Moscow. They then visited a food truck on Main Street and were back at the house by 1:45 am

Surveillance video from the food truck shows Mogen and Goncalves ordering at the window, taking photos with their phones and chatting with friends over a roughly 10-minute segment.

The map did not say how police knew all four victims were home at 1:45 a.m

Police have said evidence at the scene leads them to believe the students were assaulted, although they have not provided details. Investigators say nothing appears to have been stolen from the victims or the home.