A neighbor of the four murdered University of Idaho students told reporters that he went to the police station and offered to submit his DNA after he became the target of speculation online.
After being interviewed by officers, Jeremy Reagan told media company NewsNation that he had decided to be “proactive” and go to the police station on Thursday and submit his DNA.
“I just went in, they never contacted me,” he said. “I just figured it’s easier to just try and be proactive and get it all out of the way sooner rather than later.” Reagan said he did a mouth swab and left the police station.
The neighbor told NewsNation that there were only three officers at the police station’s front desk when he went in, as he thinks most were preparing for the vigil held in tribute to the four victims at the University of Idaho on Thursday night.
Reagan, a third-year law student, has been the subject of speculation and rumors online among internet sleuths.
This week, Reagan has appeared in at least three different interviews with separate news stations.
In an earlier interview with Fox News, Reagan said that he “went to bed early” the night of the murder and “then a couple of hours later we got a message, and there was a bunch of police here. And then that was the end of normalcy for the past week or so here.”
In another interview with COURT TV where Reagan was presented with the suspicions of internet sleuths around him, the student plainly said that he “didn’t do it. I have nothing to hide. I’m willing to give DNA, fingerprints […] whatever they need.”
Questioned about the speculation around him by NewsNation, Reagan said that he thinks submitting his DNA will help with “most of” the rumors online. “I think it will definitely help with most of it,” he said.
“There’s always gonna be a small contingent that even if the killer is found are still gonna think it’s the wrong guy, it was me instead. But I think the overwhelming majority of it will stop, which probably just mean they’ll go find someone else. I don’t know what their plan is, people just like to do this for fun.”
Police haven’t yet named a suspect or made an arrest in connection with the murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.
The four students were found dead in a home in King Road in Moscow in the morning on Sunday, November 13. Autopsies have revealed that all four victims were likely asleep when they were attacked, some had defensive wounds, and each was stabbed multiple times. There was no sign of sexual assault.