Four people were found dead in a residence near the University of Idaho, Moscow city police said.
Police described it as a murder case, and the university sent a warning to subscribers asking the community to take shelter in place or stay away from campus, as a suspect was “unknown at this time.” The request for on-site shelter was withdrawn about an hour later.
Late Sunday, an email from University of Idaho president Scott Green identified the four victims as off-campus students, though he didn’t give their names.
It is believed there is no lingering 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 there were initially no identities or descriptions of victims, including gender and age.
“This is an ongoing investigation,” said Capt. Tyson Berrett in the statement. “The information will be updated as soon as next of kin are informed and we have information to share.”
Officers were dispatched to the residence on King Road, about half a block from campus, just before noon.
“The Moscow Police Department sends our sincere condolences to family members, friends and the Moscow community,” Berrett said.