Moscow, ID – Four University of Idaho students found dead inside their off-campus home on Sunday are believed to be the victims of homicide, according to the university’s president.
The investigation into the incident began at approximately 11:58 a.m. on Nov. 13, when the Moscow Police Department (MPD) received a report of an “unconscious individual” located at a home on King Road, the MPD said in a press release.
They arrived to the scene to find four people who were deceased.
University of Idaho President Scott Green said in a press release later that night that the victims were all students and that they lived off-campus near the university.
Green noted that the deceased individuals are “believed to be victims of homicide.”
Their identities were not immediately released, nor were their causes of death.
“The Moscow Police Department is investigating and the families of these students have been notified,” Green wrote. “We continue to actively aid law enforcement’s efforts. MPD does not believe there is an active threat. We are grateful for the support of the community and the ongoing efforts of the Police Department. The university is committed to supporting students and families during this difficult time.”
The University of Idaho issued a tweet on Sunday afternoon advising everyone to stay away from the area of King Road and to “shelter in place.”
The shelter-in-place directive was lifted less than an hour later.
“Investigation continues. Suspect unknown. MPD does not believe there is an active threat. Shelter in place lifted. Remain vigilant,” the university tweeted.
Vandal Alert: Investigation continues. Suspect unknown. MPD does not believe there is an active threat. Shelter in place lifted. Remain vigilant.
— University of Idaho (@uidaho) November 13, 2022
The MPD urged anyone with information about the incident to contact police immediately.
“The Moscow Police Department gives our heartfelt condolences to family members, friends and the Moscow community,” the department said.
Classes at the University of Idaho were canceled on Monday to honor the four victims.
Support services for student and staff have also been made available.
“An event of this magnitude can understandably have significant impacts on those left behind,” Green wrote. “As Vandals, we must come together and lift each other up. If you are worried about a student or employee and are unsure of what to do, please file a VandalCare report.”
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