Moscow police, ISP conclude murder-suicide investigation

Moscow police, ISP conclude murder-suicide investigation

Katy Benoit and Ernesto Bustamante

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM

MOSCOW, Idaho-- The Moscow Police Department completed its investigation of a graduate student’s August murder.

Results of an investigation conducted by the Idaho State Police and the Moscow PD show that Bustamante created two digital files in a folder on his computer on Aug. 9, 2011. One of the files reportedly contained information on Benoit’s home address, and the other included her schedule for the fall semester at the University of Idaho. Authorities say the folder was last accessed on Aug. 22.
The police department gave this timeline for the events that took place on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23:
  • Bustamante rented a vehicle (August 22 at approximately 3:00 p.m.)
  • Bustamante shot Benoit at her South Lilly address (August 22 at approximately 8:40 p.m.)
  • Bustamante checked into the Best Western Plus University Inn (August 22 at approximately 9:00 p.m.)
  • Bustamante phoned the front desk and requested a wake-up call for 11:00 a.m. the following day, August 23, 2011 (August 22 at approximately 10:00 p.m.)
  • Bustamante’s rental car was located in the parking lot of the Best Western Plus University Inn (August 23 at approximately 1:00 a.m.)
  • Entry by police into room 213 found Bustamante dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound (August 23 at approximately 6:00 a.m.)
Moscow police say a .45 caliber handgun recovered in Bustamante’s hotel room has been identified as the weapon used to kill Benoit. Police say that no evidence to date has been found to indicate that Bustamante acted with or was provided assistance by another person while committing this crime. 

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