As the police in Idaho look for a white car seen near the house where four dead students were found, they are getting a lot of tips.
No one has been arrested or found to be a suspect in the stabbings.
Police have said that the Hyundai Elantra was seen near the house on the day the murders happened and that the people who were in it may have “critical information to share about this case.”
Now, the FBI is helping local police deal with the thousands of tips they are getting.
The four victims, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen, were all students at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, which is about 80 miles (130 km) south of Spokane, Washington.
They were found dead in their beds on November 13 in the college town rental home they shared with other people. They had been stabbed.
This week, Moscow police said they were looking for a white 2011–2013 Hyundai Elantra “with an unknown licence plate” that had been seen “in the immediate area” of the murder scene.
Moscow police said in their most recent operational update on Thursday that they thought one or more of the people in the car might have “valuable information” about the case.
After getting a lot of tips about the vehicle, Moscow police started sending calls to a FBI call centre, which the department said “has the resources to take those calls, categories them, and send them on to investigators so they can use those tips in the investigation.”
Fox News also said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had been asked to look for the car at points where the U.S. and Canada borders meet.
So far, detectives working on the case have gotten over 2,770 tips from phone calls, nearly 2,700 tips from emails, and more than 1,000 tips from “digital media.”
Some of the victims’ family members have complained about how slow the investigation is going and how they don’t think the police are being open with them.
“Only checked information that doesn’t get in the way of the investigation” is what the police have said will be given to the public.
The case has also caught the attention of tens of thousands of amateur web detectives. Dozens of Facebook groups and Reddit threads have been made to share the latest news, videos, and pictures about the case.
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