A late night food truck camera appeared to show 2 Idaho victims hours before they were found dead
MOSCOW, Idaho – A live stream from an overnight food truck appears to have recorded two students ordering food hours before authorities found them and two others fatally stabbed in an off-campus housevideo obtained Wednesday by NBC News shows.
The video appears to show University of Idaho students ordering “mac of the week” and carbonara from the food truck amid a rush of customers early Sunday morning. The livestream was broadcast on the Twitch platform by Grub Wandering Kitchen, owner of the food truck.
Joseph Woodall, who manages the truck, said they appeared to have been there between 1:30 a.m. and 1:40 a.m.
Woodall described the downtown food truck as one of Moscow’s only nighttime options for hospital workers and students heading to parties or bars.
It is unclear where the couple went after leaving the area, approximately 10 minutes after arriving. But Moscow Police Chief James Fry told reporters on Wednesday that the four victims – Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21 – were likely killed in the “early hours” of Sunday.
Fry did not identify the two victims who were seen in the video, but said the live stream helped provide investigators “time and space where two of our victims were.”
NBC News did not identify the victims apparently seen in the video.
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Two of the victims — Chapin and his girlfriend, Kernodle — had attended a party earlier that night, Fry said. Mogen and Goncalves had gone to a bar downtown. Fry said the four friends arrived at the house where they were found killed after 1:45 a.m.
The house, a few blocks from campus and about a mile from the food truck, was where Kernodle, Mogen and Goncalves lived, according to a neighbor and friend of Chapin’s, Ellie McKnight.
Authorities found their bodies after a 911 caller reported an “unconscious” person just before noon on Sunday, the Moscow Police Department said. No suspect has been identified and the murder weapon has not been found.
Investigators found no evidence of forced entry, Fry said.
Authorities believe two other housemates who also lived in the house were there when the murders took place and were not injured. Fry declined to provide further details about the housemates, citing an ongoing investigation, and he was unsure why no one called 911 until 11:58 a.m.
“Wouldn’t we like that to happen?” he told reporters. “Yes. But that’s not how it happened. That’s why we’re investigating everything to try to put all the pieces together.”
Autopsies are expected to be completed later this week, the Moscow Police Department said.
The video appeared as Fry returned to previous comments that there was no continued threat after families of the victims criticized the way authorities conducted the investigation.