Police should turn Idaho murders case over to FBI: former agent

The Moscow Police Department should relinquish control of the University of Idaho homicide investigation, a former FBI agent told The Post – as the month-long anniversary of the assassination with the killer is still at large.

“I think the Moscow police are overwhelmed. I think they’re drowning,” Pete Yachmetz, a national security adviser and former FBI agent, told The Post. “They don’t have the resources to adequately combat this type of crime.”

The tiny police agency, which has around 60 employees and had just 37 sworn officers in 2019, is still leading investigations but has failed to identify a suspect, release a profile of the killer, or provide anything more than basic information about the case, Attracting criticism from some victims’ families.

The squad’s six detectives are assisted by 46 FBI investigators, 13 Idaho State Police investigators and 15 of their uniformed associates.

“I think it might be time they ditch the lead agency designation,” Yachmetz said. “The lead authority is the one that makes all the determinations about the progress of the investigation.

“Obviously, given my background, I think the Bureau could have better resources to look into this,” the former FBI agent said.

Pete Yachmetz at his desk.
Former FBI agent Pete Yachmetz thinks the local police are overwhelmed.
Moscow, Idaho, Police Chief James Fry
Moscow, Idaho, Police Chief James Fry has insisted the month-old case will not go “cold.”
James Keivom

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in the early hours of November 13.

Steve Goncalves, Kaylee’s father, has repeatedly criticized the way police are handling the case and recently called them “cowards” for not sharing more information with 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 inflict the injuries,” Goncalves recently told Fox, adding: ” They are just cowards. There are girls right now walking the streets who deserve to know that they should be on the lookout for a sadistic man.”

Pictured just hours before her untimely death are Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right.
Pictured just hours before her untimely death are Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right.

Police have repeatedly said the lack of public information is intentional and will protect the integrity of the case – but four weeks after the heinous killings, public confidence is waning.

Still, Moscow police have angered the narrows even more after warning residents ahead of school graduation mid-year that the killer could strike again.

“I don’t think that was appropriate,” Yachmetz said of police comments over the weekend.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/14/police-should-hand-idaho-murders-case-to-fbi-former-agent/ Police should turn Idaho murders case over to FBI: former agent

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