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Cops probing abandoned white Hyundai in connection with Idaho student murders

Idaho police are investigating a white Hyundai Elantra found abandoned in Oregon for a possible link to the unsolved slayings of four college students last month.

Aware that Moscow, Idaho officials were on the lookout for a vehicle fitting that description, Eugene police called the department to alert them to the car, which was badly damaged and had no license plates.

Idaho police have appealed for help finding a white 2011-2013 model Elantra seen in the “immediate area” of the off-campus home where the friends were stabbed to death in the early hours of Nov. 13

The Eugene Police Department told Fox News someone had called 911 to report a person sleeping in the car at the weekend.

Units made contact with the individual, but soon learned that he was homeless and not the car’s owner.

The damaged Hyundai Elantra with its bumper broken off
The damaged Hyundai Elantra that was reported to Eugene police.
Another view of the damaged white vehicle, showing its exposed engine block
The vehicle was found abandoned in Oregon.
The rear of the car shows it had no plates and appears to have been abandoned
The car had no plates and a homeless person was sleeping in it

Idaho police said they had narrowed their search to 22,000 models of the car, which they were sifting through in order to speak with the owner.

Eugene is roughly 450 miles from Moscow, where the bloody killings have shaken the rustic college town.

Moscow Police public information officer Aaron Snell told Law&Crime: “We are aware of the vehicle and are investigating it.”

Shot showing the Idaho murder victims.
The victims were all friends from the University of Idaho.

Moscow authorities released a stock photo of the Hyundai model last month, and asked the public to alert them if they spotted a car fitting that description.

Cops have said they want to interview the occupants of the vehicle.

Police have not named a suspect in the murders of Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21,.

The college pals were stabbed to death between 3 and 4 a.m. on Nov. 13.

The home where four college friends from Idaho were killed.
The scene of the killings in Moscow, Idaho where the four students perished.
Kevin C. Downs for NY Post

Meanwhile, the FBI has beefed up its manpower on the case, adding 30 agents to help tackle the puzzling crime, according to the Daily Mail.

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