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Idaho murder house to be cleaned by crime scene team – The Hamden Journal

Idaho murder house to be cleaned by crime scene team

A crime scene clean-up crew are being deployed to sanitize the infamous murder house in Moscow, Idaho, where four promising young students were stabbed to death more than a month ago, police said Thursday.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry released a video announcing a private company will disinfect the blood-stained three-story home on 1122 King Street Friday morning.

“Part of the reason we’re doing that is because of the biohazards, as well as chemicals that were used during the investigation,” Fry said, referring to the materials used by forensic officers when looking for clues within the home.

Roommates Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were all found stabbed to death in their beds while they slept inside the off-campus house in the early hours of Nov. 13.

Two other housemates— Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen— also were home during the attack but survived and even slept through it. The surviving roommates have been ruled out as suspects.

When police initially investigated the quadruple stabbing, the scene which awaited them was described as the “worst they’ve ever seen,” with blood even oozing out of the walls.

Four students were stabbed to death in their home on November 13.

“There was blood everywhere. We have investigators who have been on the job for 20, even 30, years, and they say they have never seen anything like this,” a police source told the Daily Mail at the time.

It’s unknown how long the clean-up process would take, Moscow Police Capt. Anthony Dahlinger said.

“The remediation is necessary to ensure the property is cleaned and safe for return to the property owner/property management company,” Dahlinger told The Post.

Officials with Team Idaho Property Management, which manages the house, said the property will remain under police control during the entire clean-up process.

Police carry shoes of the victims outside of their Moscow, Idaho, home.
Police carry shoes of the victims outside of their Moscow, Idaho, home.

General view of the kitchen of an off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed
The scene of the crime was reportedly one of the worst some tenured investigators had ever seen.


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The cleanup crew is set to sanitize the home so that people and property management may return.


Moscow Police — aided by the FBI and State Police — have yet to name a suspect or release a profile of the merciless killer but have taken multiple forensic samples and pieces of evidence from the home.

“Right now, we don’t have a definitive idea of how long it’s going to take, and we don’t have a definite date on when the property is going to be released back to the property owner,” Merida McClanahan, supervisor of property management services, told The Post.

She added, “There’s various steps but once remediation is complete, then the homeowner’s insurance company can come in and do what they need to do in order to process an insurance claim. And then the property owner will be able to make the determination on what’s going to happen with the property in the future.”

The unidentified homeowner has yet to decide if the house will be torn down or left standing, McClanahan said.

The sprawling three-story home has become a gruesome tourist attraction as true crime enthusiasts converged on the quaint town of about 25,000 residents, mostly college students.

The crime scene clean-up crew will have to use biohazard chemicals to treat the grisly murder scene, which was concentrated on the second and third floors where the four students were killed.

Lathan County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt said in an interview with the Today Show the killer used a knife, and left “quite a bit” of blood at the scene.

Real estate of 1122 Kings Road
Police sit outside of the home where the four students were knifed to death.
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“It’s pretty traumatic when there’s four dead college students … who’ve been stabbed to death in one location,” Mabbutt said. “I’ve been coroner for 16 years… we have had multiple (victim) murders in the past, but nothing, nothing like this.”

Officers began removing boxes of personal items and furniture belonging to the murdered roommates on Dec. 7.

Police were seen carrying storage tubs with Mogen’s name scrawled on the side. A yellow suitcase with Goncalves’ father Steve’s name also was carried out of the home by cops, as well as artwork and other nicknacks.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said on Thursday that his department has received more than 19,650 tips but didn’t mention any huge breaks in the case.

“We’ve received a lot more tips recently and we continue to investigate and follow up on those,” Fry said in his video statement.