Newly surfaced video shows a mystery man lingering near two of the slain University of Idaho students hours before they were killed in what cops described as “targeted” murders.
The four university students were found dead Sunday afternoon in a bloody scene that law enforcement sources said was the “worst they’ve ever seen.”
The victims were Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21 and Xana Kernodle, 20, the New York Post reports.
Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves appear to be captured in a Twitch livestream shot outside a food truck in Moscow, shortly before they were found fatally stabbed at an off-campus house Sunday.
Authorities said they are looking to speak with other people in the video, which shows a man walking with the two women and hovering nearby as they chat with each other and check a phone.
“They’re in the process of identifying the other people who were there … and what sort of contact did they have,” Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson told WIVB-TV.
The food-truck video, posted to Twitter by KHQ-TV reporter John Webb, shows two of the victims apparently waiting for late-night eats on a crowded street. The grainy footage shows the unidentified man waiting a few feet away while the two women chat and check the phone.
When they move to the other side of the truck, he follows them and stops next to them but it’s not clear if they speak with him at any point.
The footage was apparently shot just before the victims were stabbed to death in an off-campus house.
Their killer or killers were still on the loose Wednesday although cops have said there was no imminent threat to the community. Thompson said he understood that statement could seem to contradict the little information so far released in the slayings.
“Obviously, there’s no way police can say that there’s no risk, but what they’re seeing indicates there’s not a risk that this person will randomly attack people,” Thompson told WIVB. “I don’t think they’re going to foreclose the possibility that it could be one or more people, but right now they don’t know who is responsible.”
Authorities have said the murders appear to be targeted and were done with an “edged weapon,” likely a knife, that has yet to be located. Police are trying to piece together a timeline of the activities leading up to the killings.
Goncalves had posted an Instagram message hours before her death with photos of her and friends, including Chapin, Kernodle and Mogen.
“One lucky girl to be surrounded by these people,” she wrote.
Blood seen oozing from house
Blood was seen seeping from the house where four students were brutally murdered, Fox News reports.
Grisly photos of the crime scene on Wednesday that blood dripping from the first floor bedroom down an exterior wall at the back of the house.
“It was very bloody scene inside,” an officer said.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that in September, campus security sent out what is known as a “Vandal Alert” to staff and students with the subject line “Threat with Knife” notifying the community of the alarming incident.
“The Moscow Police Department received a report that a group of students was walking between the Steam Plant parking lot (Lot #14) and the Student Recreation Center on Paradise Path and were threatened by a person with a knife,” states the alert from Sept. 12.
A concerned parent of a University of Idaho student shared the notification with Fox News.
The shocking murders have left locals and the campus community on edge.
Moscow Mayor Art Bettge previously said that investigators are probing as possible motives a “crime of passion” or a “burglary gone wrong.”
– with the New York Post and Fox News