The bodies of the four University of Idaho students who were brutally murdered at their off-campus home over the weekend have been found in their beds, police revealed.
It’s likely Xana Jernodle, 20, her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, and roommates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen, both 21, were asleep when the unidentified assailant fatally assaulted them, police said Thursday.
The students were stabbed multiple times, and most had fatal wounds to the chest or upper body, Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told NewsNation, adding that there was no evidence of sexual assault.
“It was a pretty big knife, so it’s really hard to call them stab wounds … it has to be someone who’s pretty angry to stab four people,” she told Ashleigh Banfield.
Xana’s father Jeffrey opn said his daughter’s autopsy proved she fought bravely before dying at the hands of the unknown assailant.
Jeffrey told CBS5 from Arizona that Xana’s autopsy showed “bruising, torn by the knife.”
“She’s a tough kid. Whatever she wanted to do, she could do it,” he shared.
Xana’s family is struggling to understand the tragedy as the house’s door locks with a code, he said.
“Every time you leave, you have to go around the house because of the number code, so they either knew that or went around and maybe found the sliding door open,” Jeffrey concluded.
Madison Fitzgerald, a student at the University of Idaho who knew two of the victims, told Fox News Friday that the door code is usually disabled when she visits the home.
“The code would be disabled so you could just open the door,” she explained.
However, whether or not the code was activated at the time of the murders remains unclear.
The Moscow Police Department warned at a news conference on Wednesday that the students’ killer was “still out there” and had little evidence of a suspect.
They were reportedly looking for a “Rambo-style” knife that could be involved in the killings.
The Idaho Statesman reported that authorities visited the Moscow hardware store and asked if they had sold anyone KA-BAR brand military blades.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6711319/university-of-idaho-students-murders-door-code/ The haunting way bodies of University of Idaho students were found was revealed after the suspect got home despite a code on the door