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Idaho Murders: Cops ‘Confident’ Occupants Of White Hyundai Elantra Spotted Near Scene Of Murders Hold ‘Critical Information’, Car In Eugene, Ore. Not Related

More than a month after four University of Idaho students were found murdered in a house outside the University, police are continuing to focus on the white vehicle spotted in a video outside the house after determining a White Hyundai Elantra found in Eugene, Oregon was not one in the video.

 Police are “confident” occupants of a white sedan—most likely a Hyundai Elantra—know something about the case, but are not sure if the car in Eugene is the one seen on surveillance cameras the night when Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were tragically murdered. 

Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle

“Through our tips, through our leads, some of the evidence that came in, we start to identify patterns,” Captain Roger Lanier said in a video interview Thursday. “And like we said earlier, we are confident that the occupant or occupants of that vehicle had information that’s critical to this investigation.”

Moscow Police Department (MPD) investigators say the Elantra that was seen near the crime scene has crucial information for the case, as they continue to investigate security footage taken at the ExxonMobile gas station in Moscow, which shows a white vehicle at 3:45am—around the time of the murders. 

One of the clerks at the gas station decided to comb through the security footage. “I had a weird feeling to go get on the cameras,” she told Fox News. 

Best friends Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves

On Dec. 7, police broke critical news they were seeking to talk with the owner or owners of the white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra, which they said was within the vicinity of the home on Nov. 13, when the stabbing occurred.

“So far we have a list of approximately 22,000 registered white Hyundai Elantras that fit into our criteria that we’re sorting through,” Moscow police Capt. Roger Lanier said in a video statement on Thursday. “But it may not be all of them — so the public can help us.”

He added: “Maybe one of your neighbors has one in the garage; they don’t drive that often. Maybe there’s one that’s just not on the registration database. Let us know.”Police want the community to remain vigilant. “If you saw anything that night that looks strange…anything you have to report, even if you don’t think it’s anything, we’re still encouraging people to send that in,” said Police spokeswoman Robbie Johnson. “When we get that information, even if it’s small, sometimes it can piece together the timeline, put those puzzle pieces together, and we get a greater, bigger picture of what was going on.”

Police want the community to remain vigilant. “If you saw anything that night that looks strange…anything you have to report, even if you don’t think it’s anything, we’re still encouraging people to send that in,” said Police spokeswoman Robbie Johnson. “When we get that information, even if it’s small, sometimes it can piece together the timeline, put those puzzle pieces together, and we get a greater, bigger picture of what was going on.”

Lanier said Monday that police “do have a lot of information” in the case that they’re choosing not to release to the public.

“We’re not releasing specific details because we do not want to compromise this investigation,” he said in a video statement.

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