Four University of Idaho students found dead in home near campus

Four people were found dead at a residence near the University of Idaho, police in the city of Moscow said.

Police described it as a homicide case, and the university sent an alert to subscribers asking its community to shelter in place or stay away from campus as a suspect was “not known at this time.” The shelter-in-place request was lifted about an hour later.

Late Sunday, an email from University of Idaho President Scott Green identified the four victims as students who were living off campus. He did not give their names.

There is believed to be no continuing threat, Green said in the email.

All Monday classes are canceled in their memory, the email said, and counseling is available on campus.

A police statement did not describe the manner of death, and no identities or victim descriptions, including gender and age, were initially available.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” Capt. Tyson Berrett said in the statement. “Information will be updated as soon as next of kin is notified and we have information we can share.”

Officers were sent to the residence on King Road, about a half-block from campus, just before noon, the department said.

“The Moscow Police Department gives our heartfelt condolences to family members, friends and the Moscow community,” Berrett said.

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