FBI returns to murder scene for site work

The FBI is back on the scene of the off-campus house where four University of Idaho students were slain nearly a year ago.

Investigators will be at the house on King Road today and Wednesday, as they work to create visual and audio exhibits and a physical model of the murder scene, the U of I said in a news release this morning.

It will take months to build a visual exhibit, and the FBI would not have been able to finish the work in time for an October murder trial. But with the trial now on indefinite hold, and with personal property cleared out of the house, the FBI will take the time to take measurements and collect images of the house.

Four students — Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Wash.; Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls; and Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene — were found slain on Nov. 13, the victims of multiple stab wounds.

Bryan Kohberger, a Washington State University graduate student, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slayings.

The owner of the house donated the property to the U of I in February. The university plans to demolish the house, but those plans are on hold. The demolition will not occur this semester.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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