Moscow police called to home over party 6 weeks before murders: ‘You have a house full of random people’

Six weeks before four University of Idaho students were brutally murdered in their off-campus home, police officers were called to the residence over a loud party, but none of the eventual victims were present.

Officers arrived at the home at about 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 1 and knocked on the front door for a few minutes before two unidentified males came downstairs to talk to them.

“I just looked for everyone that lives here, and they’re not here right now,” one of the males said. “I have no clue where they went. No clue.”

After one of the officers noted that there may be underage drinking and said he just wants to deal with it as a noise complaint, one of the males offered to try to get someone who lives there on the phone.


Officers eventually spoke with 21-year-old Maddie Mogen, a resident of the home and one of the four victims who would eventually be murdered.

“The reason that we’re here is that we received a noise complaint of loud music and partying,” the officer told Mogen over the phone.

“None of the occupants who live at this address are here right now. So now you have a house full of random people. You need to let them know that the noise needs to come down.”

Mogen was apologetic and told the officers that she was frustrated but would make sure the music is turned down.

“I’m so sorry, once again,” Mogen said.

“If I were you guys, I’d probably just come home and make sure that whoever is partying here is