Idaho Police Department: Dog found skinned from head to tail unconnected to college student killings

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Moscow Police Department said Monday a dog found skinned from head to tail on Oct. 21 was unrelated to the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students three weeks later.

Pamela Colbert’s neighbors found her lost dog, a 12-year-old miniature Australian Shepherd, completely skinned just down the street from her home, which is several miles from the scene of the off-campus murders.

Colbert, 78, told Fox News Digital that she recalled a supervisor at the Latah County Sheriff’s Office telling her, “This wasn’t done by an animal. This was a man who did this.”

Some locals feared the grotesque incidents might be related, but law enforcement dispelled those rumors on Monday.

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A 12-year-old mini Australian Shepherd was found skinned from head to tail in Moscow, Idaho, just three weeks before the killing of four college students, but police say the two crimes are unrelated.

A 12-year-old mini Australian Shepherd was found skinned from head to tail in Moscow, Idaho, just three weeks before the killing of four college students, but police say the two crimes are unrelated.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

“Detectives are aware of an incident at the Latah County Sheriff’s Office in which a skinned dog was reported and have determined it was unrelated to this incident,” the Moscow Police Department said in a brief update Monday night.

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Her neighbor, Clint Hughes, has a fluffy Bernese Mountain Dog named Max, who tore up his bed the same day Colbert’s dog was found dead near a shed with overgrown grass.

Pam Colbert's neighbor, Clint Hughes, has a fluffy Bernese Mountain Dog named Max who tore up his bed the same day Colbert's dog was found dead near a shed with overgrown grass.

Pam Colbert’s neighbor, Clint Hughes, has a fluffy Bernese Mountain Dog named Max who tore up his bed the same day Colbert’s dog was found dead near a shed with overgrown grass.
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“You could tell it just wasn’t an animal that did it,” he explained, adding, “It was obviously done with a knife.”

Moscow’s last murder was in 2015. The entire community is on edge for a week as police have no suspects or a recovered weapon more than a week after the tragedy.

The FBI, Idaho State Police and Moscow Police Department are investigating the November 13 murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20, just blocks from the university campus away from Idaho.

University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20;  Xana Kernodle, 20;  Madison Mogen, 21;  and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.

University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21.
(Jazzmin Kernodle via AP/Instagram/@kayleegoncalves)

The four students returned to their home around 1:45 a.m. and were murdered sometime between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., according to police.

Someone called 911 just before noon from one of the two surviving roommates to report an unconscious person. Police then located the victims and issued a warning to University of Idaho students.

Investigators search the parking lot area behind the home where four people were killed on November 13 in Moscow, Idaho, Monday, November 21, 2022.

Investigators search the parking lot area behind the home where four people were killed on November 13 in Moscow, Idaho, Monday, November 21, 2022.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

A quadruple homicide is under investigation in Idaho.

A quadruple homicide is under investigation in Idaho.
(Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Investigators added a parking lot and a wooded area behind the house to the crime scene on Monday.

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The Moscow Police Department also said that on the day of the killings, a separate dog was found in the apartment and handed over to a “responsible party”.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 208-883-7180 ​​or [email protected]

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