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An Idaho prosecutor told reporters Saturday that law enforcement is trying to “speed everything up” which could lead to a suspect in the stabbing of four University of Idaho students.

Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death early Sunday between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. at a Moscow, Idaho, home near the University campusaccording to the Moscow Police Department.

The victims were probably sleeping when they were stabbed multiple times, police said in a news release Friday.

“The coroner said that all four victims were probably asleep, some had defensive wounds and each was stabbed multiple times. There were no signs of sexual assault,” the Moscow Police Department said.

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Local prosecutor Bill Thompson with others.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Latah County Attorney Bill Thompson and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavior Analysis Unit entered the home Saturday where the victims were murdered.

Asked by a reporter if they are speeding up “forensic testing of items that have been seized,” Thompson said they are doing everything they can to identify a suspect.

“We’re trying to expedite anything that could lead to a suspect,” Thompson said.

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Thompson also said she wishes “we had more answers,” adding that she wants to help.

“It is difficult for everyone. Any time there is a loss of life like this, particularly young people like this, it is horrifying. And it will affect the community,” Thompson said.

At the time of Sunday’s attack, there were two other roommates inside the residence, but police do not consider them suspects.

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Shortly before the attack, both Mogen and Goncalves were seen at the Grub Wandering Kitchen food truck. The two were taken home by a “private party,” police said, but did not say whether the women knew the driver.

After initially describing the incident as a “isolated and targeted attack” With “no imminent threat to the community at large,” Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry changed his tune during a news conference Wednesday night.

“We do not have a suspect at this time and we cannot say that there is not a threat to the community,” Fry said. “There’s a threat out there, possibly.”

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University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20;  Xana Kernodle, 20;  Madison Mogen, 21;  and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.

University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
(Jazzmin Kernodle via AP/Instagram/ @kayleegoncalves)

“We have to be vigilant,” Fry said. “We have to take care of our neighbors.”

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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