Idaho student mornings: ‘It’s being left in the dark,’ Kaylee Goncalves’ mother says about police investigation


The mother of one of four college students killed near the University of Idaho last month expressed frustration with police communications about the status of the investigation into the killings.

“It’s sleepless nights. It’s sick to my stomach. It’s just being left in the dark,” said Kristi Goncalves, the mother of 21-year-old victim Kaylee Goncalves, in an interview that aired Thursday on the TODAY show NBC.

Goncalves explained the day he found out something had happened to his daughter.

“We were running for hours not knowing what was going on, what happened,” he explained. “We found out from people calling us. And the sheriff showed up about three hours later.”

He also described learning about police interest in a white Hyundai sedan seen in the area around the time of the murders not from investigators, but from reading it in a news release sent to him by another person

Goncalves said her family learned graphic details of her daughter’s autopsy when a woman from the coroner’s office called and asked her 17-year-old daughter if she wanted to know the findings.

“She asked, are you sure you want to know this? And my daughter, thinking she was doing it for whatever reason, said yes. And proceeded to tell her.”

The Latah County Coroner’s Office was not immediately available for comment.

The murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 shook the small college town of Moscow, Idaho. . , which had not recorded a murder since 2015.

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