Slaine student, Kaylee Goncalve’s parents have complained about the police’s lack of transparency and communication during the investigation. Following the comments, Fry responded during a recent emotive interview.
It has been nearly four weeks since the tragic murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, who were stabbed to death in their beds on November 13.
The University of Idaho students were stabbed in a King Road house near the college campus at around 3am, after returning home from a night out.
But over three weeks on, police say they still don’t have a suspect or haven’t recovered the murder weapon, which is believed to have been a fixed-blade knife.
The lack of information from the force has caused Kaylee Goncalves, one of the slain students, families to speak out against the police’s handling of the case.
Steve Goncalves, the late student’s father, told Fox News last week he has lost confidence in the investigation, saying poor police communication and conflicting messages have raised “more questions than answers”.
His wife and Kaylee’s mother, Kristi, also said she believes police have cleared some individuals very quickly.
“I just feel like there have been a couple of individuals that were cleared very fast that maybe should not have been,” Ms Goncalves told NewsNation in an interview over the weekend.
Responding to the grieving mother’s comments, Mr Fry told Fox News in an interview that aired on ‘The Story’, that officers have re-interviewed some individuals up to three times, explaining that cleared individuals can still be brought back into the investigation if the evidence supports it.
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He told reporters: “We always have the option of re-interviewing.
“We’ve actually re-interviewed people two or three times because we’ll get tips, or we’ll get information that we need to verify again, and sometimes we need to ask the questions just a little bit different to ensure that we’re getting the proper information to continue on with this investigation. So, that happens regularly in all investigations.”
The police chief assured the public and the victims’ families that they are on the right track.
When asked if the police have more information about the case than they are letting on, the officer confirmed they’ve “got a pretty good amount of information”.
Reiterating his commitment to solving the mysterious case, Mr Fry said “no stone will go unturned” in the investigation.
He assured: “This case is not going cold. We have tips coming in, we have investigators out every day interviewing people. We’re still reviewing evidence, we’re still looking at all aspects of this.
“I said early on that no stone will go unturned, and I mean that. We are going to continue. This case is not going cold.”
Mr Fry began to tear up as he spoke about his connection to the case and the emotional toll it’s taken on himself and his team.
He said: “I’m a dad with daughters, and it’s tough.
“We’re human. We don’t go to these and just turn it off. It affects us. But we have a job to do, and we’re going to continue to do that job, going to continue to push forward.”