A retired FBI behavior analyst believes the culprit behind the University of Idaho killings was either a stalker or someone known to the victims.
Former agent Jim Clemente, who is not working on the case, spoke to Fox News Digital about the quadruple murder that rocked the university city of Moscow and the nation on November 13. Mr. Clemente profiled the killer as “slovenly” and similar in age to the victims.
The expert added that he believes the killer likely had a past or current relationship with, or was stalking, the victims before committing the brutal stabbings of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves ( 21) and Madison Mogen performed , 21.
“This perpetrator did not choose this location by accident, he targeted one or more people there,” Clemente told the network. “It could be because he’s in a relationship… with one or more of them, or because he’s been stalking one or more of them.”
Mr Clemente added he did not believe the killer was particularly sophisticated, either criminal or forensic, and that this may be the first time they have committed a crime of this magnitude.
“He’s sloppy,” he added. “This is probably more of a compulsive type of person that would put him at a younger age and maybe in the age range or just above the victims.”
According to the parents of one of the victims, no arrests have been made in the case and no suspects have been identified, despite overwhelming evidence left behind by the killer.
Authorities have reportedly told the grieving families that the sheer volume of evidence gathered at the scene is taking investigators longer to process and then determine what happened during the attack.
According to the Moscow Police Department, 33 officers from the department are continuing the investigation, including four detectives and 24 patrol officers.
The FBI also has 22 on-site investigators in Moscow, 20 agents from elsewhere in Idaho, West Virginia and Utah, and two behavioral analysts. The Idaho State Police Department now has 20 investigators and 30 officers working on the case.
The deaths were classified as homicides. Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt confirmed some of the victims had defensive injuries from the knife attack, adding that she had seen “nothing, nothing like it” in her nearly two-decade career.
There were no signs of sexual assault on any of the victims, but they suffered “fairly large” wounds, she told NBC News, confirming that each victim was stabbed a different number of times and in different places on the body.
Two roommates were in the home at the time of the attack but were not injured. They are not necessarily considered witnesses or suspects in the investigation, police said.
Authorities said more details will be released during a news conference scheduled for Wednesday.