Idaho murders: Was Kaylee Goncalves the killer's main target? Police respond

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EXCLUSIVE: Police initially called the shocking deaths of four University of Idaho students at their off-campus home an "isolated, targeted" attack, but they have kept most details under wraps as they continue to search for their suspect.
Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found dead in a house just yards from campus hours after police said someone assaulted them while they slept on November 13. The three women lived there, and Chapin visited his friend Kernodle.
Police have kept details of the crime scene secret to protect the integrity of their ongoing investigation. On Friday, however, investigators clarified some of their arguments in an interview with Fox News Digital.
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"When the boss said that [the killings were targeted], and [investigators] still believe so, it didn't appear that there was any forced entry into the residence," said Aaron Snell, Idaho State Police communications director. "There were survivors of that. And then also, based on the internal evidence at the crime scene, which has led detectives to believe and continue to believe this was a targeted event."
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He declined to discuss what evidence was found at the crime scene or to identify who and how many of the victims were specifically targeted by the killer.
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In a television interview, Goncalves' father, Steve Goncalves, reportedly told CNN he was informed that there was only one target among the four victims. Separately, he told Fox News last week that the attacker had been "sloppy" and left a wealth of evidence.
"The family members, what they say is up to them," Snell said. "The information we attempt to release has been checked to the best of our knowledge, is accurate and correct - and also to protect the integrity of the investigation."
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Police vehicles at the scene of the quadruple homicide in Idaho.
He declined to discuss the details of the crime scene but said he had no qualms about the families speaking out.
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"It's totally understandable that he wants to comment and that's his business," Snell said. "It's good."
Whatever the killer's intention upon entry, the unknown suspect or suspects only left after hacking four young people to death.
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The home where four University of Idaho students were murdered on November 13.
Chapin was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity with a focus on recreation, sports and tourism management, the University of Idaho said. Kernodle and Mogen were both part of the Pi Beta Phi fraternity and marketing majors. Goncalves, a general education major, belonged to Alpha Phi.
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Two of the victims slept on the second floor and two on the third, but police have not confirmed who was found where - or if bedroom doors were locked after the killings.
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The Moscow, Idaho, Police Department.
"We have not released any of this information," Snell said. “We believe this is relevant to the investigation. There are many questions about this and we recognize that and we would like to provide that information if we can - but at this point in the investigation we cannot."
Several 911 callers alerted authorities around noon on November 13, and officers first arrived in response to a report of an unconscious person. They found four victims dead inside.
The Latah County coroner later said that all four were stabbing victims — and that their wounds were likely inflicted while they slept.
Madison Mogen had a pair of pink cowgirl boots that are still on display in the window of her rental home near the University of Idaho campus.
Authorities and the property manager have not confirmed whose bedrooms were where. Mogen's boots could be seen on the upper window next to a pink letter 'M', suggesting she lived on the third floor.
Goncalves' family told Fox News last week that she and Mogen were very close, like sisters.
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"Maddie attended our oldest daughter's wedding," said Kristi Goncavles. "She said, 'All my sisters are my bridesmaids,' and Maddie was one of those bridesmaids, and it was all of Alivea's sisters, including Maddie."
Two roommates who slept on the ground floor were not attacked. There was also no dog in the house.
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John Kelly, a criminal profiler and psychotherapist with experience interviewing serial killers, said that due to a lack of publicly available details, he was "up in the air" about whether the attacker was a random stalker or someone connected to the inside of the house is familiar.
But one thing is clear, he said. "He's really, really a savage, with no care or empathy or anything," he told Fox News Digital.
The police and FBI, who have been trying to uncover answers to mysterious murders over Thanksgiving, are asking anyone with information on the case -- no matter how small -- to get in touch.
"We're looking at all angles," Snell said. "Our concept is that if we start committing to a particular idea, we may miss other tips in other parts of this investigation."
FBI and police investigators return to the Idaho crime scene on November 25, days after four college students were brutally stabbed to death in their sleep.
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So far, the investigators have received more than a thousand tips on the case and are working through them.
"If anyone has any information, we're interested," he added. "We believe that what is on a possible CCTV tape is just as important as what may not be on it in helping us get a clearer picture."
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They are also investigating whether Goncalves may have had a stalker - a suspicion they have not yet been able to confirm.
Anyone with information about a stalker, or about the case in general, is asked to call the tip hotline at 208-883-7180 ​​or email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

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