Father of Idaho murder victim Kaylee Goncalves reveals he has ‘no faith’ in police investigation

Steve Goncalves, the father of University of Idaho murder victim Kaylee Goncalves, told Fox News that he has lost faith in the police investigation surrounding his daughter’s death as the victim’s families are desperate for answers.

“I’m not confident,” Goncalves said on “Fox & Friends” on Sunday when asked about the investigation. “And that’s why I’m pushing the boundaries and saying a little bit more. I hate being that guy, but you know… everyone has a job and a role to play and this is my role as a parent.”

Goncalves’ daughter and her childhood best friend, 21-year-old Madison Mogen, were found dead on the third floor of their residence in Moscow, Idaho, around noon on November 13, while victims Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend, 20 year-old Ethan Chapin, were found on the second floor.

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Kaylee Goncalves (pictured above) was one of four University of Idaho students murdered on November 13.
(INSTAGRAM/@KAYLEEGONCALVES)

Law enforcement officers investigating quadruple homicide were criticized after appearing to reverse their claim that one or more of the victims had been “targeted”, later saying they did not know if that was the case and that the Latah prosecutor’s suggestion County, Bill Thompson, was a result of a “miscommunication”.

Steve Goncalves, who has repeatedly voiced his frustration at the police’s lack of transparency, said he was instructed not to disclose whether his daughter or any of the other victims were the target of the attack. He did, however, call on investigators to share the alibis of certain unnamed individuals with the public.

“There are layers of separation,” he said. “The communication is not the same as the boots on the ground. All the cops out there, those guys are working their best. But there’s another person doing the communication. And that man is sitting with the lawyer and that guy is sitting there and tells him to protect things that are off the case, like the city and the community and the university itself, they don’t matter much to me,” he continued.

“I mean I definitely don’t want to hurt them, but I have an agenda. And I think it’s pretty obvious it’s these two girls and that’s what I work for. And I’m not going to let that story fall apart , just because they don’t want wanted posters, you know, for their next stream of students coming to town,” Goncalves said.

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Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the two other roommates of the woman in Kaylee Goncalves' latest Instagram post shared the day before the massacres.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the two other roommates of the woman in Kaylee Goncalves’ latest Instagram post shared the day before the massacres.
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Goncalves vowed to continue to speak out publicly and has encouraged the families of the other victims to do the same in hopes of advancing the investigation.

“Of course I talked to Maddie’s mom and her dad and I talked to Xana’s dad and he said, ‘Hey, you can speak for us and you can help spread this story.’ So I’m confident. That’s as far as the real communication I have,” he said, noting that he hasn’t had a chance to “get on the same page” with the Chapin family yet, “so I’m trying not to mention that and stay within my job of what my role is. I’m not trying to just give everything to my daughter. I just can’t speak for other people.”

Asked if he believes investigators are any closer to finding his daughter’s killer, Goncalves said bluntly, “I wish I knew for sure.”

“I sat down with the investigator, the lead investigator, and I looked into his eyes and I got the sense that this guy would do anything to find out,” he said. “But if the evidence isn’t there, that’s the part I’m worried about [about].”

Steve Goncalves talks about his daughter, Kaylee Goncalves, who was one of four University of Idaho students killed on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, during a vigil for the four students in Moscow, Idaho.  (AP photo/Ted S. Warren)

Steve Goncalves talks about his daughter, Kaylee Goncalves, who was one of four University of Idaho students killed on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, during a vigil for the four students in Moscow, Idaho. (AP photo/Ted S. Warren)

Goncalves also revealed that he believes his daughter and her best friend may have been targeted based on the suspected entry and exit of the perpetrator. ground floor in the backyard – “are available without having to go up or down.”

“[The killer’s] entrance and exit are available without going up or down. Looks like he probably didn’t go down,” Goncalves revealed. “We’re not sure, but he’s clearly gone up. So I use the logic that he chose to go there when he didn’t have to.”

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The police have also not yet disclosed any motive for the quadruple murder.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call 208-883-7180 ​​or [email protected]

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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