by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports
Governor Brad Little has allocated $1 million in state emergency funds to aid the ongoing investigation into the November 13 murders of four University of Idaho students.
Little’s office told Idaho Reports that the funding came from the Governor’s Emergency Fund.
“Expenses will be determined by the Idaho State Police in coordination with local law enforcement and other investigation partners,” press secretary Madison Hardy said in an emailed statement. “Governor Little is deeply saddened by the loss of four bright and promising young lives, and he is committed to providing all resources possible to ensure the person responsible for this horrendous crime is brought to justice.”
Idaho Reports has reached out to ISP for comment.
The legislature established the Governor’s Emergency Fund, found in Idaho Statute 57-1601, in 1968. Little previously allocated $1 million from the fund this year for drug testing equipment and media campaign spots as part of his “Operation Esto Perpetua” campaign to combat fentanyl.
Little attended a Wednesday evening vigil at the University of Idaho in Moscow, while incoming Lieutenant Gov. Scott Bedke attended a vigil at the UI Boise campus.
University of Idaho President C. Scott Green announced last week that the school will offer hybrid learning options for the rest of the fall semester and is examining options for the spring semester.
The Moscow Police Department is coordinating the homicide investigation alongside Idaho State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the tipline.
King Road Homicides Tipline
Melissa Davlin contributed to this report.
Logan Finney | Associate Producer
Logan Finney is a North Idaho native with a passion for media production and boring government meetings. He grew up skiing, hunting and hiking in the mountains of Bonner County and has maintained a lifelong interest in the state’s geography, history and politics. Logan joined the Idaho Reports team in 2020 as a legislative session intern and stayed to cover the COVID-19 pandemic. He was hired as an associate producer in 2021 and they haven’t been able to get rid of him since.