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Father of Idaho murder house victim says he has heard NOTHING from cops since press conference

The father of a University of Idaho student who was murdered in her sleep along with three of her friends has said police have stopped providing him with any new information as the investigation into their deaths enters a second consecutive week without any suspects. 

Steve Goncalves, the father of 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, told FOX News’ Lawrence Jones Saturday night how he has not heard anything from law enforcement since Wednesday at 5pm  — the same night local authorities gave a disastrous press conference in which they admitted they have no suspects in her and her friends’ murders and have not yet recovered a murder weapon.

Kaylee was found dead in her off-campus housing in Moscow, Idaho along with her friends, Maddie Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20 on November 13 in what police maintain is a ‘targeted attack’ on at least one of the girls.

‘They’re kind of just telling me that they can’t tell me much, which is frustrating to me because I’ve been very trustworthy,’ Steve said of the investigators, revealing: ‘I do know things, I haven’t shared things.’

He said he does not want to talk badly about law enforcement because they are ‘hardworking individuals,’ claiming he would be ‘doomed’ without them.

But, Goncalves admitted, he is disappointed by the lack of information as authorities say they are withholding details in an effort to catch the killer.

Steve Goncalves, the father of 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, told FOX News’ Lawrence Jones Saturday night how he has not heard any new information about his daughter’s death from law enforcement since Wednesday at 5pm

Goncalves admitted he is 'frustrated' by the lack of information into his daughter's murder as the investigation enters its second consecutive week without a suspect

Goncalves admitted he is ‘frustrated’ by the lack of information into his daughter’s murder as the investigation enters its second consecutive week without a suspect

Idaho State Police communications director Aaron Snell told FOX News' Lawrence Jones how they are not releasing a profile of the suspect to prevent further hysteria in the college town

Idaho State Police communications director Aaron Snell told FOX News’ Lawrence Jones how they are not releasing a profile of the suspect to prevent further hysteria in the college town

They say that they are not releasing a profile of the suspect because it could lead to more fear and suspicion in the college town, which is already on edge following the gruesome murders, with some students refusing to return to classes.

‘It will potentially put more fear, more suspicion on a wide variety of people versus if we use that to really refine where we’re at in our investigation,’ Idaho State Police communications director Aaron Snell told Jones. ‘I think that will be more pertinent.’

‘And so if we just provide information to the public, I just don’t think that that’s going to be a wise choice.’ 

In the meantime, Goncalves said: ‘We’re holding our tongue, we’re waiting patiently, but we’re definitely concerned.’

He asked anyone with information about his daughter’s whereabouts the night of November 12 and into November 13 to come forward and speak to law enforcement officials, saying they may provide the missing key to helping unravel the mystery.

Goncalves (bottom left) was found murdered in her off-campus house along with friends Maddie Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin on November 13

Goncalves (bottom left) was found murdered in her off-campus house along with friends Maddie Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin on November 13

The murder house in Moscow, Idaho. Slain Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second floor bedroom (pictured) while housemates ¿

The murder house in Moscow, Idaho. Slain housemates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were found on the top floor in their beds. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second floor bedroom while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the ground floor

Goncalves had spent much of the night before her death at the Corner Club — a Moscow dive bar popular with students — with Mogen, with whom she had been friends in high school before they went to college together.

At approximately 1.30am, the pair were caught on camera purchasing a portion of carbonara pasta from Grub Wandering Kitchen – a food truck that offers late night eats on weekends.

Parked up close to the Moscow branch of insurers State Farm and outdoor store Hyperspud Sports, Madison and Kaylee were last glimpsed walking away towards what police have called ‘a private party driver’ for their final ride home.

The route, seen in exclusive DailyMail.com video, takes less than five minutes to complete and cuts through the University of Idaho campus and passes the Sigma Chi house on the right where Xana and Ethan spent their last night before taking a left up King Road towards their home.

Poignantly, the drive also goes past the Moscow Police Department headquarters which can be seen on the left just as the route turns right onto the campus.

According to police, the pair arrived home at 1.45am – at the same time as Ethan and Xana and 45 minutes after their other roommates, Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke, 19, who both miraculously survived the attack.

Less than two hours later, Madison, Kaylee, Xana and Ethan were dead – butchered as they slept by a knife-wielding villain.

Autopsy results showed all four died from stab wounds to the chest, with police saying the murder weapon was a large military-style knife which still hasn’t been found.

Kaylee’s dog Murphy survived the attack unscathed and didn’t make a sound, while the first Dylan and Bethany knew of their roommates’ fate came after 11am when they woke up and went upstairs to find them dead.

Dylan Mortensen (left) and Bethany Funke (middle) lived in the modest Moscow rental house with fellow University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle (second from left) Kaylee Goncalves (second from right) and Madison Mogen (right)  but survived the attack. They have been ruled out as suspects

Dylan Mortensen (left) and Bethany Funke (middle) lived in the modest Moscow rental house with fellow University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle (second from left) Kaylee Goncalves (second from right) and Madison Mogen (right)  but survived the attack. They have been ruled out as suspects

Police have asked for video from neighborhoods backing on to the property – suggesting they believe the killer entered and exited at the back of the house before escaping up a hill.

But in a twist that adds to the mystery of what happened to Madison and her friends, neighbors living in the homes backing onto the home and whose property would have been part of any escape route on foot said they heard and seen nothing.

Cynthia Mika, 70, told DailyMail.com that police had been to her home to ask for video but said all was quiet on the night the students died.

She said: ‘We didn’t hear a thing. Our neighbors have a dog who barks and he would have woken us up if he saw anything. He didn’t bark.’

Captain Roger Lanier

Moscow Police Chief Jim Fry

Captain Roger Lanier (L) of the Moscow Police Department and Police Chief Jim Fry spoke on Wednesday at a press conference, but had no new information to share 

Officers are seen here removing files and evidence from the scene of the off-campus housing where the students lived

Officers are seen here removing files and evidence from the scene of the off-campus housing where the students lived 

A police dog searches an apartment complex property south of campus where four deceased University of Idaho students were found by local authorities

A police dog searches an apartment complex property south of campus where four deceased University of Idaho students were found by local authorities

Moscow Police have since ruled out Dylan and Bethany as suspects in the case and found no proof that Kaylee had a stalker — despite her telling her friends as much in the weeks before she died.

Police said they had found no evidence that Kaylee was being stalked - despite her complaining to friends about it. They also made no mention of Murphy, her dog, which was inside the home at the time of the murders but survived

Police said they had found no evidence that Kaylee was being stalked – despite her complaining to friends about it. They also made no mention of Murphy, her dog, which was inside the home at the time of the murders but survived 

They are now refusing to release the suspicious 911 call made hours after the deaths in which the dispatcher spoke to ‘multiple’ people, and have only confirmed that the victims were not tied up and gagged before they were stabbed.

Still, the Moscow Police sought to defend their ‘behind the scenes’ work at Wednesday’s press conference.

‘There are an awful lot of efforts going on behind the scenes – a lot goes on behind the scenes that can’t be discussed. 

‘We understand you want answers, we want answers too, but these take time. 

‘We believe we owe this to the surviving families to get this right. 

‘We’re not willing to sacrifice speed for quality. We collected 103 pieces of evidence, we took approximately 4,000 photographs, we’ve conducted 3D scans of the residence, we’ve processed over 1,000 total tips and conducted 150 interviews… 

‘I hope that gives a perception of just how complex this investigation is. 

‘We ask you to please remain patient as this investigation unfolds,’ Col. Wills said. 

Cap. Lanier added: ‘We have the integrity of the investigation to preserve. 

‘Releasing [what we know] may or may not flood us with a lot of information that’s not relevant.

‘Want more information but we don’t want to put our investigation in jeopardy by releasing what we have. 

‘There’s a balance between what you’re willing to release, vs what you want to gather. 

‘To be honest, you’re going to have to trust us,’ he said.  

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