by Cami Mondeaux, Breaking News Reporter
The quadruple murder of students that occurred at the University of Idaho earlier this month may have been a targeted attack caused by someone in the group’s “orbit,” according to a former FBI investigator.
Police have reported a significant increase in the number of welfare check requests that have been submitted in the two weeks following the Nov. 13 attack, as well as a staggering number of reported “unusual circumstances” on campus. As a result, it may suggest the incident was not random but rather a targeted attack.
“There are a couple of things that are starting to suggest that there was someone in these people’s orbit that caused this incident to come about by this murderer,” Bill Daly, a former FBI investigator, told Fox News on Sunday. “Someone would’ve had to know the inside of the home, know their routine.”
Daly’s comments come just one day before students were set to return to campus after the Thanksgiving break despite no suspect being named or arrests made in the murders that occurred in an off-campus home earlier this month.
It’s not clear how many students have returned to campus with the unknown suspect still at large, with many opting to finish their classes remotely for the remaining two weeks of the semester. School officials acknowledged these concerns, instructing professors to make all classes available through both “in-person teaching and remote learning.”
“Each idea, concern, and fear has been heard and considered. We will strive to respond accordingly,” university President Scott Green told students in an email last week. “We continue to push for answers to this case while recognizing the enormity of the task ahead for dozens of law enforcement experts across agencies.”
In addition to an increased number of Idaho State Police officers on campus, the school will also increase its presence of campus security officers until further notice, according to Green.
The victims have been identified as University students Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21. Each was murdered in their own bed and was stabbed in both the chest and upper body with a large knife.
Two other roommates who were staying in the basement were left unharmed, with Daly pointing to that fact as evidence the attack may have been targeted.
“If it was someone on a rampage, like a mass murderer, they would’ve also gone downstairs and harmed the others,” he said.
Police have ruled out the two surviving roommates, as well as additional friends who were in the home at the time of the 911 call, as suspects in their investigation.
Law enforcement officials have not yet identified a suspect in the case nor have they retrieved a murder weapon. Police have also said they are withholding from releasing a profile of the suspect to avoid spreading fear among the campus population.
“It will potentially put more fear, more suspicion on a wide variety of people versus if we use that to really refine where we’re at in our investigation. I think that will be more pertinent,” Aaron Snell, the communications director for the Idaho State Police, told the outlet. “And so if we just provide information to the public, I just don’t think that that’s going to be a wise choice.”
Idaho student murders: Ex-FBI investigator reveals chilling theory as students return to classes | Washington Examiner
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