The father of one of four University of Idaho students killed last month has criticized the rampant misinformation circulating online about the unsolved murders.
Sunday marked the six-week anniversary of the brutal stabbings of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin on Nov. 13. Moscow police have not named any suspects or made any arrests in the investigation.
Mogen’s father, Ben Mogen, told Advocate review that he still has many questions about his daughter’s murder, but noted that authorities have worked tirelessly to keep his family informed of developments in the investigation.
Mogen went on to decry the overwhelming amount of conspiracies and debunked theories that continue to circulate on the internet despite the government’s efforts to make accurate information available while maintaining the integrity of the case.
“It’s hard for me to read all these articles,” Mogen told the paper Review. “I can get all my news about it right from there [authorities]and I don’t have to try and wade through all this misinformation.”
Mogen said he remains optimistic that investigators will eventually solve the crime.
“I’ve known from the very beginning that people don’t get away with these things these days,” he shared Review.
“There are too many things you can get caught up on, like DNA and videos everywhere. This is not something people get away with, that goes unsolved.”
He said investigators have been keeping him informed of updates and that he receives a phone call every day. When he misses one, authorities check with his family to make sure he’s okay.
The grieving father also recounted the moment he learned of his daughter’s death. Mr. Mogen was at the movies when he received a call from Madison’s mother urging him to go to her house.
“We didn’t even know what to say to each other, we just both cried,” he said Review. “We just cried together on the phone, I guess. There’s just no words for any of it.”
Mr. Mogen remembered Madison as a smart and funny young woman, who was loved by everyone she met.
“I’m so proud to say she was my daughter and what she did with her life and where she was going,” Mogen told the paper. Review. “She lived the life she deserved.”
Investigators in Moscow are still searching for the occupant or occupants of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was seen “in the immediate vicinity” of the crime scene early on November 13.
The police have identified around 22,000 vehicles that match the description of the car and comb through the information for clues.