Mystery surrounds stabbing deaths of 4 Idaho students


BOISE, Idaho — Autopsies have been completed on four University of Idaho students who were found stabbed to death inside a rental house near campus, and the results have been forwarded to law enforcement, the Spokane County Medical Examiner said Thursday.

The bodies were then released to the victims’ families, and the results of the examinations were likely to be released later in the day.

The killings have shaken Moscow, an Idaho Panhandle college town of 25,000 residents that last saw a homicide five years ago, according to Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt.

“It’s pretty tough,” Mabbutt said.

Here is a look at what is known about the killings, and what remains a mystery:

Is there a suspect?

Officers have not identified a suspect or found a blade that was used to stab the students, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Wednesday. But the Idaho Statesman reported this week that police are searching for a military-style knife in connection with the killings. Scott Jutte, general manager of Moscow Building Supply, told the newspaper that officers have visited the store more than once to ask whether it sold anyone Ka-Bar brand knives. Ka-Bar, of Olean, New York,

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