The 911 call about the deaths of four University of Idaho students came from inside the home and was made using one of the surviving roommates’ cell phones, police said Saturday night.
Further, police confirmed that the victims were located on the second and third floors of the off-campus residence in Moscow, Idaho.
The new details shed additional light on the ongoing investigation into the deaths of 21-year-old Madison Mogen, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin and 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, whose bodies were found last Sunday at an off-campus apartment in Moscow, Idaho.
One confounding aspect of the case has been that the 911 call was not made until 11:58 a.m., even though investigators believe the stabbing occurred between 3 and 4 a.m. and there were two other roommates home at the time.
In a Facebook post on Saturday evening, police said the two surviving roommates “did not wake up until later on November 13th.”
The two surviving roommates are not considered suspects and “had been out in the Moscow community, separately, but returned home by 1 a.m.,” police said.
Although the police department disclosed that the 911 call was made using a surviving roommate’s phone, officials have not revealed the identity of the caller. “Due to the ongoing investigation, the identity of the caller has not been released,” the department said.
Police also said Saturday night that said they have investigated the private party who gave a ride to Goncalves and Mogen back to the house and “do not believe he is involved in this crime.” Goncalves and Mogen had been at a food truck in downtown Moscow hours before the killings and got a ride home around 1:40 a.m.
Earlier in the day on Saturday, reporters asked Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson questions as he was walking toward the scene.
One journalist asked Thompson if police are expediting the “forensic testing of the items that have been seized,” according to Fox News.
Thompson responded that investigators are doing everything they can to identify those responsible.
“We’re trying to expedite everything that might possibly lead to a suspect,” Thompson told reporters, according to Fox News.
On Friday, the Moscow Police Department said it appeared the victims were sleeping when the attacker stabbed them numerous times.
“The coroner stated that the four victims were likely asleep, some had defensive wounds and each was stabbed multiple times. There was no sign of sexual assault,” the police department said in a statement.
A news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. local time Sunday.
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[Featured image: Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves (left)Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle;/Instagram]