The victim of the Idaho murder, Kaylee Goncalves, had reported a possible sighting of a missing woman to police

The victim of the Idaho murder, Kaylee Goncalves, had reported a possible sighting of a missing woman to police

FIRST ON FOX: Murdered University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves, whose family says they keep a close eye on true crime news online, had given Moscow police a possible sighting a year before she and three friends were killed in a shocking knife attack during a home invasion reported a missing person.

Sharon Archer, a 62-year-old from Goncalves’ hometown of Coeur d’Alene, went missing around September 27, 2021, according to Idaho State Police.

Goncalves, 21, called police on Oct. 5, 2021 after she said she saw a woman who resembled Archer at Walmart in Moscow.

Police responded, but it’s unclear if the missing woman was actually at the shop, some 85 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, where she was last seen.

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Kaylee Goncalves, one of four University of Idaho students, was found murdered Sunday in a home near campus.

Kaylee Goncalves, one of four University of Idaho students, was found murdered Sunday in a home near campus.
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“Kaylee told me the woman’s name might be Sharon Archer,” said Sgt. Dustin Blaker, who would eventually become a lead investigator into the student stabbings, wrote in his Oct. 6, 2021 report. “Kaylee told me that the woman staring at her and her boyfriend when they were in the store and when they were checking out.”

According to the incident report, Goncalves recognized the woman’s face on a missing persons flyer and called the police. She mailed the flyer to Blaker, and the police went to Walmart to try to track Archer or her Toyota SUV.

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“We did not locate the vehicle,” Blaker wrote. “I had my officers check all the hotels in town to see if she was staying in any of them. We have found nothing.”

Investigators then asked a Walmart executive if they could check the surveillance cameras to confirm if Archer had been in the store, but they couldn’t.

“The manager told me there was no one in the store right now with access to the CCTV cameras,” Blaker wrote. “I was given an email to send a request to someone who could access it on 10/21/06. I’ll check the video if we can get it.”

According to local media, Archer was found dead in her vehicle, which had been submerged in Fernan Lake, about three weeks later.

Sharon Archer, 62, was reported missing in late September 2021.

Sharon Archer, 62, was reported missing in late September 2021.
(Idaho State Police)

Archer was considered “at risk” and had multiple medical conditions, including diabetes and brain damage from a car accident decades earlier, Spokane-based KREM 2 reported at the time.

According to her family, Goncalves closely followed true crime stories online, which even made up an interview with a TikTok and YouTube influencer that the UI student followed.

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Her father, Steven Goncalves, told Olivia Vitale that he reached out to her specifically because his daughter was following her content closely.

“I started looking at the case she was pursuing with you and then I said I’ll get in touch because maybe she can help clear up Kaylee’s story,” he told Vitale in an interview she did with her 1, 2 million TikTok followers shared.

Steven Goncalves, his wife Kristi Goncalves and their murdered daughter Kaylee Goncalves.

Steven Goncalves, his wife Kristi Goncalves and their murdered daughter Kaylee Goncalves.
(Ted Warren via AP/Instagram)

“They’ve worked together on other stories before, but maybe this can help resolve her own story, which is just awful that this happened to her,” he continued. “But that was the daughter I had. She wanted to help other families find that justice.”

The family’s attorney, who has requested that media inquiries go through him, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Blaker later became one of the lead investigators into the quadruple homicide that killed Goncalves and three friends in the early hours of November 13, and his affidavit in the murder investigation was used to support a search warrant in nearby Pullman, Washington, for the home and office of suspect Bryan Kohberger.

Bryan Kohberger enters a courtroom in Moscow, Idaho, for a status hearing on January 12, 2023.  The accused killer waived a quick preliminary hearing and will appear in court again on June 26.

Bryan Kohberger enters a courtroom in Moscow, Idaho, for a status hearing on January 12, 2023. The accused killer waived a quick preliminary hearing and will appear in court again on June 26.
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Kohberger, 28, attended nearby Washington State University, where he received his Ph.D. in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Goncalves had been dating her best friend and roommate Madison Mogen, 21, on November 12. They returned home just before 2 a.m. Roommate Xana Kernodle and boyfriend Ethan Chapin had also just returned from a night elsewhere.

The murders took place around 4 a.m., according to Blaker’s affidavit.

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Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the other two women's roommates, shared in Kaylee Goncalves' recent Instagram post the day before the murders.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the other two women’s roommates, shared in Kaylee Goncalves’ recent Instagram post the day before the murders.
(@kayleegoncalves/Instagram)

All four were stabbed multiple times, according to Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt, and some of them may have been asleep when the ambush began.

One of two surviving housemates told police she heard crying from Kernodle’s room and a man saying, “It’s okay, I’ll help you.” She then saw a masked man with “bushy eyebrows” walking out the back door .

WSU is about 10 miles from the University of Idaho, where all four victims attended school. The attack took place in a house on King Road in Moscow, just a few steps from the campus.

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Authorities in Pullman, just across the state line from Washington, searched Kohberger’s home and student office December 30 looking for evidence of the murders.

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They found nothing in his office, but according to court records, they found hair samples — from people and possibly Goncalves’ dog — cloth stained with dark red, and a single black glove, among other evidence at his home.

Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder and one charge of burglary. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

He is expected in court on June 26 for a preliminary hearing that could last up to a week.

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