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MOSCOW, Idaho – EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Nearly two weeks after four college friends were found brutally stabbed to death in a rental house just yards from the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, police have been working around the clock for days to try to solve the case.

Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found dead on two separate floors of a three-story house, hours after police said someone attacked them while they slept on Nov. 13. All three women lived there and the visiting Chapin was Kernodle’s boyfriend.

On Friday, FBI detectives and investigators returned to the crime scene, examined both the interior and exterior, and left with several small bags.

They then returned to the Moscow police station, where they met with Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson and Moscow Police Chief James Fry for about an hour after sunset.

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Police Chief James Fry leaves the Moscow, Idaho, police station on Black Friday.
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from moscow last homicide it happened in 2015. Since the quadruple murder, dozens of federal and state law enforcement officers have been assigned to the case to help city police identify and find the killer, as well as the killer’s motive.

Officials are also still looking for the murder weapon, which they believe to be a knife. They have received and analyzed more than 1,000 leads related to the case.

At the state crime lab in Boise, Idaho State Police (ISP) Forensic Services has been handling most of the forensic analysis in the case, which is a “priority for them,” ISP Public Information Officer Aaron Snell told Fox News Digital in an interview on Friday.

Latah County Attorney Bill Thompson working after dark on Black Friday.

Latah County Attorney Bill Thompson working after dark on Black Friday.
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“There have been scientists working 24/7 in the lab to try to get some of those results quickly,” Snell continued. “So while there are other cases ongoing, this case is a priority. And we are starting to get some results.”

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Those results are sent to detectives in real time, he said, as they work to identify one or more suspects in the massacre.

There were no signs of forced entry at the victims’ residence, which was known among neighbors as a rowdy party house for U of I students, but the crime scene was very bloody when police arrived shortly after receiving a 911 call reporting that a person was unconscious. 11:58 a.m.

It’s unclear exactly how many people, other than the victims’ two surviving roommates, were in the home before police arrived.

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Police have remained silent on details of the crime scene to protect the integrity of their ongoing investigation. But even though they have gone 13 days without naming a suspect, they say they have collected important crime scene evidence from the home and that there are details in the 911 call that they are keeping confidential for now.

Latah County Attorney Bill Thompson working after dark on Black Friday.

Latah County Attorney Bill Thompson working after dark on Black Friday.
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“We’re going to be patient. We’re going to be thorough. And… we’re also asking the community to recognize that there are some aspects of this investigation that will take us a little bit longer, but we’re going to continue.” to work,” Snell said.

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Chapin was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, majoring in recreation, sports and tourism management, the University of Idaho said. Kernodle and Mogen were both members of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and marketing students. Goncalves, a general studies student, belonged to Alpha Phi.

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Students at the University of Idaho will have the option to take classes remotely while the perpetrator is still on the loose.

Police ask anyone with information or images related to the murders to call 208-883-7180 ​​or tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

Fox News’ Emmett Jones contributed to this report.

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