A MYSTERIOUS group of people were spotted in the background of horrifying bodycam footage filmed just two doors down from the University of Idaho killings.
The haunting video was captured just minutes before police announced the stabbing deaths of four students, sparking theories from online investigators.
Officers stopped three students suspected of underage drinking in the body cam footage, which was released in full this week, and found there was no apparent link to the crime.
Online rooms on Reddit and Facebook dedicated to investigating the horrifying murders were in a frenzy as they analyzed footage showing three young men being interrogated by police officers.
However, Moscow police told The Independent that the incident was an “alcohol offence” unrelated to the killings.
“Investigators working on the current murder case are aware of the footage, they have reviewed it and all the details related to it and found it unrelated,” the MPD said.
Still, detectives continued to theorize when video was captured less than a mile from the off-campus horror house where housemates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, both 21, and married couple Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, both 20, were killed .
A conversation was sparked online after detectives spotted a group of people hurrying away from the crowd in the background of the footage.
Officials have tried to quell the internet craze, and Moscow Police Chief James Fry said the department will reach out to people who are posting unnecessary theories online.
While addressing the video, police have yet to comment specifically on the group in the background.
On Monday, police said the influx of speculation was a “major distraction” for the investigation and told the public any information gathered at the time was being withheld to create a stronger case.
“Rest assured, we are interviewing anyone who might in any way know what happened that night,” Moscow Police spokesman Robbie Johnson told NewsNation.
“We understand these questions … how hard it is for families not to have them [answers.] But again…we need to make sure we use the information for the integrity of the case to make an arrest and ultimately go to court and get justice.
The three men caught in the video were also students at the University of Idaho.
Undercover officers stopped the students after suspecting they had been underage drinking around 2:50 a.m. on November 13.
The students were walking near the Sigma Chi Brotherhood – the house where Kernodle and Chapin had been for a party hours earlier.
The four stabbing victims were attacked between 3 and 4 a.m. this morning about a tenth of a mile from the police station.
According to a police report, the students were stopped after they were seen swaying from side to side – one fell while crossing the street.
In the video, the three men admitted to being under the age of 21.
They also reportedly told the officer that they drank six to eight beers each.
HUNDREDS OF TIPS
Investigators said they are sorting through hundreds of “good tips” related to the stabbings as the investigation enters its fifth week, though there is no named suspect or reward for information.
Officials announced Friday that they believe a white 2011-13 Hyundai Elantra with an unknown license plate may have been outside the scene.
While this update is encouraging, one crime expert said a reward could be the catalyst that provides officers with important leads.
Police previously noted that some of the victims had defensive injuries, meaning a struggle may have taken place during the heartless crime.
The criminal justice professor and retired NYPD sergeant explained how that detail, plus a hefty reward, could lure silent viewers into speaking out.
“The idea behind the reward is to give it out first because you’re looking for someone who came home for the holidays and they might have bruises or cuts or something,” he told Fox News Digital.
“The uncle who doesn’t like everyone sits at the Thanksgiving table and looks at the kid and says, ‘Something’s wrong here.'”
ACCUSED OF MURDERER
Cyber sleuths point fingers at a convicted Idaho killer who was recently defended by his wife.
James Curtis Leonard has come under fire after being arrested for allegedly hitting his wife and stalking her with a knife before slashing himself.
However, the woman said her husband – who was found guilty of manslaughter in 2007 – was innocent and was trying to clear his name.
“A lot of crazy things happen, but my husband had nothing to do with what happened up there,” she told the Daily Mail on Friday.
“It’s not linked at all. That really annoys me.”
Leonard, 39, is being held on $100,000 bail while investigations into the alleged incident are ongoing.
The Moscow police have not linked him to the murders at the university.
His wife spoke about online investigators “harassing” the family with claims that he was involved in the horrific crime.
“I have told the police that we are fed up with all the threats, harassment and allegations,” she said.
“Our family was in danger because of all these false statements on the internet.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6909789/eerie-detail-bodycam-footage-university-of-idaho-murders/ Sinister detail in bodycam video filmed near University of Idaho murder house after police sparked wild theories