Steve Goncalves, the father of University of Idaho murder victim Kaylee Goncalves, told Fox News that he’s lost confidence in the police investigation surrounding his daughter’s death because of the poor communication and lack of progress in the case that affected the families leave the victim desperate for answers.
“I don’t feel safe,” Goncalves said on Fox & Friends on Sunday when asked about the investigation. “And that’s why I’m going to push the envelope and say a little bit more. I hate being that guy, but you know…everyone has a job and a role to play, and that’s my role as a parent.”
Goncalves’ daughter and her childhood best friend, 21-year-old Madison Mogen, were found dead around noon on November 13 on the third floor of their residence in Moscow, Idaho, while victims Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend, 20, were -year-old Ethan Chapin, were found on the second floor.
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Law enforcement officials investigating the quadruple homicide have faced criticism after appearing to reverse their claim that one or more of the victims were “targeted,” later saying they don’t know if that was the case and that that was the suggestion by Latah County Attorney Bill Thompson was the result of a “misunderstanding.”
Steve Goncalves, who has repeatedly expressed frustration at the police’s lack of transparency, said he had been ordered not to reveal whether his daughter or any of the other victims were the target of the attack. However, he asked investigators to share with the public the alibis of certain unnamed people.
“There are layers of separation,” he said. “Communication is not the same as boots on the ground. All the officers that are out on the street, these guys are working their cocks off. But there is another person who handles the communication. And this guy sits with the attorney and this guy sits there and tells him that you have to protect things that go beyond the case, like the city and the community and the college itself. That’s not that important to me,” he continued .
“I mean, I definitely don’t want to hurt her, but I have an agenda. And I think it’s pretty clear that it’s these two girls and that’s what I work for. And I’m not going to drop that story separately just because they don’t want wanted posters, you know, on their next onslaught of students coming into town,” Goncalves said.
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Goncalves has vowed to continue to speak out publicly and has encouraged the families of the other victims to do the same in hopes of furthering the investigation.
“I spoke to Maddie’s mom and dad, of course, and I spoke to Xana’s dad and he said, ‘Hey, you can speak on our behalf and help move this narrative forward.’ So I feel confident. That’s as far as the real communication I have,” he said, mentioning that he hasn’t yet had the opportunity to “get on the same page” with the Chapin family, so I’ll try not to mention that and stay in my lane of my role. I try not to give everything to my daughter. It’s just that I can’t speak for other people.
When asked if he thinks investigators are closer to finding his daughter’s killer, Goncalves said clearly, “I wish I knew for sure.”
“I sat down with the investigator, 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. “But if the evidence isn’t there, that’s the part that worries me [about].”
Goncalves also revealed he believes his daughter and her best friend were targeted based on the suspect’s entry and exit point of the perpetrator, telling Fox News that a sliding glass door or window on the second floor of the home — the one on one Hill meets ground level in the backyard – “are available without having to go upstairs or downstairs.”
“[The killer’s] Entry and exit are possible without having to go up or down. Looks like he probably didn’t go downstairs,” revealed Goncalves. “We don’t know for sure, but he’s obviously gone upstairs. So I use the logic that he chose to go there when he didn’t have to.”
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The police have not yet announced a 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.