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Police seek ‘Rambo’ style knife in University of Idaho murder investigation: report

Authorities are seeking a “Rambo”-style knife in connection with the gruesome murders of four University of Idaho students, according to a local report.

Scott Jutte, general manager of Moscow Building Supply, told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday that police had visited the store more than once to ask if Ka-Bar brand knives had been sold.

“They specifically asked whether or not we have Ka-Bar style knives, which we don’t,” Jutte said in an interview with the local newspaper.

“If we had done that, we could have viewed surveillance footage. But I couldn’t help them with that,” the manager continued.

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Police suspect a Ka-Bar knife was used in the murder of four University of Idaho students.  Warning tape surrounds the house near the campus where the students were killed.

Police suspect a Ka-Bar knife was used in the murder of four University of Idaho students. Warning tape surrounds the house near the campus where the students were killed.
(Ka-Bar / Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

A police officer had last visited the hardware store on Monday, he said.

Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison May, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death with a “sharp weapon” early Sunday morning, according to police.

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They were found after police responded to a 911 call reporting an unconscious person in the King Road home where the victims were living with two female roommates. Authorities have not named a person of interest and have not taken any suspect into custody.

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

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

Coroner Cathy Mabbutt told Fox that the same knife was likely used to kill all four students. The autopsy findings are expected this week.

Moscow Police Captain Anthony Dahlinger declined to comment on Jutte’s interview or their search for the murder weapon.

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Ka-Bar knives are about six inches long and “similar to the one Rambo has,” Jutte said. They have a blade on one side and a serrated edge on the other. The combat knife was issued by the US Marine Corps in the 1940s, according to the company’s website.

The four victims of the University of Idaho murders.

The four victims of the University of Idaho murders.
(Instagram: @kayleegoncalves)

The knife was later adopted by the Marines, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and underwater demolition teams.

According to Ka-Bar, the knives are widely used by survivors and outdoorsmen.

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At a news conference Wednesday, Moscow police chief James Fry said investigators are pursuing any leads and believe it was an isolated, targeted attack based on the evidence at the scene.

He urged locals to “remain vigilant” as the “individual is still out there”.

Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.

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