Authorities are searching for a “Rambo”-style knife in connection with the grisly murders of four University of Idaho students, according to a local report.
Scott Jutte, general manager of Moscow Building Supply, told the Idaho Statesman Wednesday that police had visited the store more than once asking if Ka-Bar brand knives had been sold.
“They were specifically asking if we carry Ka-Bar-style knives or not,” Jutte said in an interview with the local newspaper.
“If we had, we could have reviewed the surveillance footage. But it wasn’t something I could help them with,” the manager continued.
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A police officer had recently stopped by the home improvement store on Monday, he said.
Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death early Sunday morning with a “sharp weapon,” according to police.
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They were found after police responded to a 911 call reporting an unconscious person at the King Road home, where the victims lived with two roommates. Authorities have not named a person of interest and do not have a suspect in custody.
Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told Fox that the same knife was likely used to kill all four students. Autopsy results are expected this week.
Moscow police Captain Anthony Dahlinger declined to comment on the interview with Jutte or his search for the murder weapon.
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The Ka-Bar knives are about 6 inches long and “similar to the knife that Rambo has,” Jutte said. They have a blade on one side and a jagged edge on the other. The combat knife was issued by the US Marine Corps in the 1940s, according to the company’s website.
The knife was later adopted by the Marines, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Underwater Demolition Teams.
The knives are widely used by survivors and nature lovers, according to the company.
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At a news conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry said investigators are following up on all leads and believe it was an isolated and targeted attack based on evidence at the scene.
He urged locals to “stay vigilant” as the “individual is still out there.”