Idaho murder victim Kaylee Goncalves had ‘big open ruts’, reveals dad

The father of one of the four murdered University of Idaho students described how the victims had “huge open furrows” on their bodies from the “sadistic man” who killed them – while calling the taciturn local police force “cowards.”

Steven Goncalves, whose daughter Kaylee was among the murdered students in Moscow, Idaho, said coroner Cathy Mabbutt revealed the chilling details as they spoke.

“She says ‘Sir I don’t think stabs is the right word, it was like tears like this was a powerful weapon not a stab,'” he told Fox News Digital.

“She said they were big open furrows. She said it was quick. This was not a place to call 911. They wouldn’t bleed out slowly,” the grieving father continued. He also described how his beloved daughter’s liver and lungs were slit open.

Kaylee, 21, was killed along with Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, in the early hours of November 13.

The elder Goncalves said as his daughter lay in bed with Mogen at their off-campus home when they were both killed, their injuries were “not nearly the same”.

Steve Goncalves speaks about his daughter, Kaylee Goncalves, who was one of four University of Idaho students killed on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 during a vigil for the four students in Moscow, Idaho
Steve Goncalves, whose daughter Kaylee was murdered, has become a vocal critic of the police investigating the killings.
Pictured: Kaylee Goncalves
Kaylee Goncalves.
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Kernodle, who was lying in a bed on a different floor of the house with her boyfriend Chapin when they died, had defensive injuries and had to endure “a hell of a fight” trying to survive, the coroner apparently told Goncalves.

Police have yet to name a suspect or even release the killer’s profile, but have revealed the victims were stabbed. They also said the attack was “targeted” but only roughly defined what they meant by that.

The father continued to slam the police in his interview with Fox on Sunday, saying they needed to release more information to the public.

“I was outraged that they didn’t just come out and say this was a woman or a man because they should know how much force it took to clear the injuries,” Goncalves said.

“They’re just cowards. There are girls walking the streets right now who deserve to know. You should be on the lookout for a sadistic man.”

Police have insisted they cannot release any more information to protect the integrity of the investigation, but this has sparked local panic.

Moscow Police Department Chief of Police James Fry, left, and Idaho State Police Colonel Kendrick Wills during a news conference Sunday, November 20, 2022 in Moscow, Idaho.  The police chief provided an update on the investigation into the quadruple murders of University of Idaho students Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin and Kaylee Goncalves.
Almost a month after the stabbings, police have said next to nothing about the possible killer.
James Keivom

Authorities recently warned residents that the killer could strike again. Former Moscow police captain Paul Kwaitkowski interpreted the police officers’ statement that the attack was targeted as meaning that the killer was known to the victims.

“When you use the word ‘targeted’ it means we met somewhere along the line,” he told

The retired officer added: “Something bad happened somewhere along the line, something that upset someone enough to go after these people.” Idaho murder victim Kaylee Goncalves had ‘big open ruts’, reveals dad


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