Law enforcement responded to a call about an unconscious individual just before noon on Sunday, the Moscow Police Department said in a press release. When they arrived at the home near campus, they found four deceased individuals. Their names have not been released.
“This is an ongoing investigation. Information will be updated as soon as next of kin is notified and we have information we can share. The Moscow Police Department gives our heartfelt condolences to family members, friends and the Moscow community,” the MPD said.
In an email to the campus community, university president Scott Green expressed sympathy for the deceased.
“It is with deep sadness that I share with you that the university was notified today of the death of four University of Idaho students living off-campus believed to be victims of homicide,” he wrote, according to CNN.
Following the discovery of the bodies, the University of Idaho tweeted that the suspect was unknown at the time and advised students to “Stay away from the area and shelter in place.” About three hours later, the school said there was “no ongoing threat.”
Moscow Police Department Captain Tyson Berrett told the Idaho Statesman that as of Sunday evening, no suspect had been taken into custody. He also said the names of the deceased might be released on Monday.
Though the names of the deceased have not been released, their families have been notified, university president Green said in his campus email. He also noted that the university was working with the police to investigate the crime and asked anyone with information to contact the MPD.
“We are grateful for the support of the community and the ongoing efforts of the Police Department. The university is committed to supporting students and families during this difficult time,” Green added.
In his email, Green also announced that classes were canceled for Monday, November 14, “out of respect” for the victims, People Magazine reported.
In addition to canceling classes for the day, the university also encouraged students to use its counseling center.
“An event of this magnitude can understandably have significant impacts on those left behind. As Vandals, we must come together and lift each other up,” the University of Idaho said, according to People. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our students as the Vandal family mourns their loss.”