Mystery Man Spotted With Slain University of Idaho Students ID’d
The man seen lingering around two of the slain University of Idaho students just hours before they were murdered has been identified and is reportedly cooperating with law enforcement, according to the sister of one of the victims.
Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves were caught on a livestream getting a late-night meal while the man lurked nearby, not long before they and two others were found stabbed to death in an off-campus house on Sunday.
Alivea Goncalves, the sister of one of the slain students, said on Thursday that she had alerted police to the footage.
“Yeah, I think a lot of people were curious about that person,” Alivea told host Chris Cuomo in an appearance on NewsNation. “We were able to identify him and as far as I know he has cooperated with the police. And that’s all that I know about that.”
The unidentified man was seen walking behind the two women, then hovering nearby as they talked to each other and checked a cellphone. When they move, he can be seen following them, but it’s unclear if he speaks to them at any point.
Alivea Goncalves said she “never heard any follow-up” after she contacted police, but then reached out again a few days later with more information about the footage.
“That was a little frustrating but again there are so many agencies involved, I can’t say I necessarily blame them,” Alivea said.
Moscow police and other law enforcement agencies are still searching for leads to track down the killer, or killers, who killed Goncalves and Mogen as well as couple Ethan Chapin and Xanda Kernodle at their home sometime Sunday morning. There were two other roommates in the house who were unharmed.
Police are also still attempting to construct a timeline of events leading up to the murders. On Friday, they released a map revealing that Goncalves and Mogen had traveled from the Corner Club on North Main Street at around 1:30 a.m. to the food truck seen in the footage on South Main about 10 minutes later.
Chapin and Kernodle, meanwhile, had been at a Sigma Chi fraternity party on Nez Perce Drive on Saturday night. The timeline reveals that all four were back at the home by around 1:45 a.m. A coroner said Thursday that all four were likely asleep when they were attacked. No murder weapon has been recovered.
“I want people to take this personally because she was everyone’s daughter,” Alivea Goncalves said, describing her sister as a go-getter and absolute fighter. “She’s the neighbor, she’s the friend, you know she was the girl who made your coffee in the morning and everyone should be taking this personally.”
The grieving sister called for continued attention on the murders.
“This happened in a small town and I absolutely understand that local authorities were probably overwhelmed and I don’t blame them at all — they did exactly what they should have done,” she said. “But we’re losing critical time and I want more coverage, I want more done.
“I understand that we can’t release information, it’s an ongoing investigation — I don’t ask for that. I don’t want to impede on anything,” she added. “But I want more people speaking out and if that takes the police to push that agenda, that’s fine… unfortunately I feel like it’s been me and the families pushing that agenda and that’s been very difficult.”