Moscow Police: U of I student murders, Pullman, Salem double stabbings unrelated

MOSCOW, ID. — The murder of four University of Idaho students and two double stabbings that happened in Pullman in 1999 and Salem, Oregon, in 2021 are not related to each other, according to the Moscow Police Department.

MPD sent out an updated press release just past 9 p.m. on Friday providing updates to the public. They say in the release that numerous media outlets have reached out asking if the Nov. 13 murders of the four U of I students were related to these cases. Police say they don’t think there’s any evidence to support that they are related.

“While these cases share similarities with the King Street homicides, there does not appear to be any evidence to support the cases are related,” MPD said in the release.

They say community members have uploaded more than 260 digital media submissions to the FBI, adding that 113 pieces of evidence have been collected and sent to Idaho State Police for analysis.

In a press conference on Wednesday, police said Idaho Governor Brad Little allocated $1 million in state emergency funds to go toward the investigation.

A candlelight vigil is being held for the four deceased students — Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen — on November 30 at the university.

Police are still gathering information. They are asking you contact them at their tip line at 208-883-7180. You can also email them at, or send digital media to

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