Kaylee Goncalves’ father turns to private investigators in the Idaho murder case

The grieving father of murdered University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves is working with his own private investigators – because he fears the cops are too “inexperienced” in the big case.

Steve Goncalves expressed his concerns in an exclusive interview with The Post on Sunday, saying he was also concerned a suspect character had been ruled out too quickly – which appears to have allowed him to flee the country without taking a DNA test make.

He lashed out at the lack of leads from cops, who have come back with claims that the killer appears to have been targeting at least one of the four housemates, and have yet to even suggest a profile of the likely slasher.

One of the homicide detectives was only 26, he complained, meaning he was just 19 when the sleepy city of Moscow was last killed in 2015.

“So they’re just inexperienced — and I don’t want anyone to make mistakes on my kid’s case,” Goncalves told the Post, also criticizing the officers for being “not the most tech-savvy people.”

Steve Goncalves with his daughter Kaylee.
The cops are “just inexperienced – and I don’t want anyone to make mistakes on my kid’s case,” Steve Goncalves told The Post of the murdered 21-year-old Kaylee.

Beyond his own fears, Goncalves began working with private investigators because there were “enough insiders who told us to be concerned” about the lack of clear leads in the November 13 murders of his 21-year-old daughter and her three friends.

“I’m talking to detectives,” he said, making it clear that he stayed away from internet sniffer dogs, which he dismissed as “Hollywood s–t.”

“One of the private investigators I spoke to has been in the business for 50 years,” he said of his outside help.

Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right.
Goncalves is working with private investigators as he fears “inexperienced” cops are unable to solve the murders of his daughter and three friends, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, also 20. to clear up.

This gumshoe told him that he had to “resolve cases where there was no DNA,” suggesting it’s overly reliant on by younger cops.

“We try to agree with them when in doubt,” he said of police investigators.

The grieving father still hopes cops will “be heroes” and prove him wrong by eventually emerging with breakthroughs that will solve the case.

Steve Goncalves talks about his daughter during a previous press event.
Despite his concerns, Steve Goncalves made it clear he still hopes the cops will prove themselves “heroes” by solving the shocking case.

“I will apologize. I’m going to come out and say, ‘These guys had amazing DNA or some evidence and were good for them. I gave them st and I take it back.’

“I’d like to be wrong and we can get this guy,” he told the Post.

Goncalves said he was speaking only because of his concerns about the lack of leads, including a refusal to release an official profile of the likely slasher in the Nov. 13 attack.

That would “give all the other girls walking around in this community someone to watch out for,” Goncalves told The Post.

“Don’t make any more sacrifices,” he warned.

He admitted he also fears a hooded man spotted near his daughter and her best friend Madison Mogen, also 21, was too quickly disfellowshipped for killing the couple and his two friends.

“Some people came up to us and said he was out of the country. He didn’t do a DNA test,” he said.

Clarified man in a hoodie seen with Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves hours before they were killed.
The father expressed concern that the man, who was seen wearing a hoodie hours before the murder, had been cleared up too quickly and said he had been told the person had since left the country.

“So we would like to [police] to tell us what his alibi was,” he said, saying he could move on if they could confirm it was “solid.”

Vague, mixed news about whether the killer likely targeted at least one of the four housemates — and why — could also create a dangerously false sense of security, he warned.

“I heard people talking [reporters] and say they’d be a lot more scared if it wasn’t targeted,” he noted.

Private security guard outside the off-campus home where four students were butchered on November 13.
A private security guard outside the off-campus home where four students were butchered on November 13.
James Keivom

“Some people think that means them [the victims] gambled or they did drugs or they did something that they really did [the killer] follow them,” he said of the lack of information.

“My message is, I think have a few beers with your girlfriend, go home, text and go to bed together, I think a lot of girls have done that,” he said of his daughter and Mogen, who were sleeping on the same bed in a third floor bedroom when they were killed.

“And many would be targeted if that were all,” he said.

Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves posed together.
Goncalves warned that if his daughter or her best friend Mogen were targeted, it would just be doing what “a lot of girls” do all the time, something police need to make clear.
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His daughter and her best friend were brutally stabbed to death along with Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both 20, who were lying in a second floor bed.

Two other roommates who slept on the ground floor of the Moscow home were unharmed and likely slept through the bloodbath, police said.

Goncalves bluntly admitted to Fox & Friends Sunday that he “didn’t feel safe enough” about the investigation.

“I sat down with … the lead investigator, and I looked him in the eye, and I felt like this guy would do anything in his power to find something out,” he said.

A flyer is seen at a vigil seeking information about the killing of the four University of Idaho students.
A flyer is seen at a vigil seeking information about the killing of the four University of Idaho students.

“But if the evidence isn’t there, that’s the part that worries me [about],'” he told the Fox show of the apparent lack of clues.

“And so I push the envelope and say a little bit more,” when police want him to publicly broadcast what he’s being told, he said.

“I hate being that guy, but … everyone has a job and a role to play, and that’s my role as a parent,” he said.

The Moscow Police Department, which is backed by state police and the FBI, did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Monday.

On Saturday, the force said it was processing about 6,500 tips, including more than 1,000 to the FBI.

Investigators also had 113 pieces of physical evidence, as well as around 4,000 photos from the crime scene, the force said.

Still, “no suspect has been identified at this time,” the force said, stating that “only verified information that does not impede the investigation will be released to the public” because “unfounded speculation” has “stoked” community fears and the dissemination of false information.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/05/kaylee-goncalves-dad-turns-to-pis-in-idaho-slaying-case/ Kaylee Goncalves’ father turns to private investigators in the Idaho murder case


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