The devastated parents of one of the victims of the University of Idaho massacre called the killer ‘careless’, adding that they left behind a ‘mess’ of evidence.
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, was one of four students brutally stabbed to death in the slaying, as police say they don’t have any promising leads yet.
Roommates Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, were also stabbed to death on November 13. Freshman Ethan Chapin, 20, who was dating Xana, was also killed inside the house.
Goncalves’ parents, Steve and Kristi, say police told them that examining the chaotic crime scene will take time.
Speaking to Fox News, they said: “We’re told there’s so much evidence that it’s going to take a long time to process it all.”
‘This was not like a one-time crime. This person was careless.
Steve added that the killer “made a mess there, and they’re going to have to go through that point by point.”
Police have not been able to confirm if they have any DNA from the suspect, but have set up a mobile unit at the scene of the gory crimes to try to speed things up.
They believe the attack was targeted, calling it a “complex and terrible crime” that “would take some time to solve.”
Roommates Kaylee Goncalves, 21, (bottom left), Madison Mogen, 21, (on Kaylee’s shoulders), Ethan Chapin, 20, (second from right) and Xana Kernodle, 20, (right) were stabbed to death on Sunday, November 13 between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.
The house in Moscow, Idaho, where the four students were killed was surrounded by several law enforcement officers, including federal authorities, on Sunday.
Moscow police were seen peering through cordoned off bushes behind the house on King Road.
Officers are also seeking surveillance footage from two “areas of interest” in Moscow as part of their search for the killer.
They are urging members of the public to submit any leads or videos in parts of the city between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on November 13.
Authorities have yet to reveal why the time window is so important, however, but they did confirm that other friends of the students were present at the home at the time of the 911 call.
The chief said the 911 call, made at 11:58 a.m., was made from the phone “of one of the surviving roommates,” but he did not share who it was.
Police have ruled out the two surviving roommates as suspects, and Kristi confirmed that she believes her daughter was calling her ex-boyfriend Jack at the time of the murders.
However, the family insists that he was not involved in any way, adding: “They’re wasting their time with Jack.” Jack is just as distraught as we are. Jack is our family.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry said on Sunday: “We believe they are a target because we take the totality of all the circumstances that we are looking at.” Do we know anyone who has been attacked?
“We can’t say right now because of our investigation, but we still believe that.”
Authorities believe the four students were stabbed in their sleep, two found on the second floor and the others on the third floor of the home.
Detectives are also combing wooded areas behind the haunted house as part of an investigation to determine if those killed spied on them before attacking.
Photos captured at the scene on Sunday by Fox News show investigators trekking through the woods outside the students’ home in the small university town of Moscow to puzzle out where the killer may have hidden before stabbing the four victims.
Investigators positioned themselves at various locations in the woods while searching for clues near the crime scene.
Moscow police were also seen looking through a white Chevrolet sedan parked outside the house where the murders took place.
The search in the bush next to the Moscow home coincided with the revelation that last month, just three miles from the scene, a couple’s dog was murdered in the most brutal manner. Buddy, a Mini Australian Shepherd, was found skinned with only fur left on his legs and face.