A CRIME expert has likened the University of Idaho murders to the notorious Gainesville Ripper as cops desperately search for a suspect behind the massacre.
Four Idaho students were brutally stabbed to death inside their home on Sunday morning. Former medical examiner Joseph Scott Morgan suggested the event has sparked a community-wide fear similar to that of Danny Rolling – the killer who inspired the Scream movies.
“I remember back then the parents were terrified at the University of Florida because of this,” Morgan exclusively told The U.S. Sun about the 1990 slayings.
“And you see that kind of playing out here too.”
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, was stabbed to death in her Moscow home early Sunday morning, along with her roommates Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, as well as Xana’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, autopsy results confirm.
The Moscow Police Department warned at a news conference on Wednesday that the students’ killer is “still out there” with few leads on a suspect.
Officials also believe the incident was a “targeted” attack, but have not given any indication as to why the students were singled out.
More information is coming to light on the mysterious case as it was revealed two of the victims desperately called a friend multiple times moments before it’s believed they were killed, a relative of one of the victims told Inside Edition.
Morgan, a professor and scholar of applied forensics at Jacksonville State University, remembered working as a medical examiner while the Gainesville Ripper was at large, and unfortunately pointed out striking similarities between the two events.
Danny Rolling was executed after officials found him guilty of murdering five University of Florida students in a brutal spree of killings.
The serial killer violently murdered, dismembered, and, in one case, decapitated his victims by using a massive KA-BAR knife designed for military combat.
Moscow officials are on the hunt for a similar weapon and have even gone to supply stores to see if any locals have recently sold military-grade blades, the Idaho Statesman reported.
Based on his crime scene experience, Morgan, who also hosts the podcast Body Bags, said the home was likely a “horrifically bloody scene.”
An image obtained by Fox News Digital appears to show blood dripping outside the home – a sight that Morgan says is “striking.”
“I don’t know that I have sufficient verbiage for that,” he said.
“And I gotta be honest with you, I don’t know in all of my years of working multiple death scenes where I ever have seen blood that is seeping outside of a residence.”
NO FORCED ENTRY
The actual time that the murders took place is unclear at this time, but Moscow Mayor Art Bettge said the victims likely died between 3 and 4am.
The bodies weren’t discovered until the afternoon by police responding to a report of an unconscious person at the home.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry would not say who it was that called 911, but officials did confirm that two other people were found alive and unhurt in the large home.
Haunting video footage showed two of the victims chatting and getting a late-night snack at a food truck on a night out just hours before their brutal deaths.
Cops are now looking into the video, which shows a hooded mystery man near the two women, identified as Mogen and Goncalves, as they wait.
The two other victims, Chapin and Kernodle, were also out at a party that night.
The police chief said that there were no signs of forced entry at the home, meaning the victims may have been familiar with the suspect, Morgan suggested.
“You begin to think, was the perpetrator known so that the victim would let their guard down and open the door for them?” he said.
“Or was someone waiting for them back at the apartment and then essentially attacked them when they walked in?”
Morgan also questioned how familiar the suspect was with the space as the individual could have known the best places to lay in wait.
PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE?
Police have walked back an initial statement that there is no threat to the small Idaho community, despite deeming the murders an “isolated, targeted attack.”
“We do not have a suspect at this time and that individual is still out there.
“We cannot say there is no threat to the community and as we have stated, please stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”
According to Morgan, a “targeted” attack could mean any number of things, and it doesn’t necessarily guarantee the community is safe.
“If you’ve got somebody that has an interest in killing women, for instance, that’s targeted,” he told The U.S. Sun.
On the other hand, the crime may have been targeted based on the location, according to Morgan.
Either way, the crime expert suggested that police be explicit about these details, saying that public safety should be top of mind throughout this investigation.
The sister of one of the victims slammed suggestions that the public isn’t at risk as she wrote: “No one is in custody and therefore no one is safe.
“Whoever did this … is still out there and if he is sick enough to murder FOUR sweet, innocent humans so brutally, he is sick enough to do it to anyone else.”
“Everybody needs to be on the same sheet of music,” Morgan said.
“They have got to reassure the community that everybody is OK.
“And if they’re not, they need to continue to tell them to be on the lookout.
“Be aware of your surroundings. Cause this is a very dangerous person.”