Slain University of Idaho student Kaylee Goncalves, whose family says they have closely followed true crime reports online, had reported a possible missing person sighting to Moscow police a year before she and three friends were killed in a shocking home invasion knife attack.
Sharon Archer, a 62-year-old from her hometown of Goncalves, Coeur d’Alene, went missing on or about Sept. 27, 2021, according to the Idaho State Police.
Goncalves, 21, called police on Oct. 5, 2021 after saying she saw a woman who looked like Archer at a Moscow Walmart.
Police responded, but it was unclear whether the missing woman had actually been at the shop, about 85 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, where she was last seen.
“Kaylee told me the female’s name is possibly Sharon Archer,” said Sgt. Dustin Blaker, who would eventually become a lead investigator into student stabbings, wrote in her report Oct. 6, 2021. “Kaylee told me the woman was staring at her and her boyfriend when they were in the store and while they were doing the check-out.”
According to the incident report, Goncalves recognized the woman’s face on a missing person flyer and called the police. He sent the flyer to Blaker and the police went to Walmart to try and trace Archer or his Toyota SUV.
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“We have not found the vehicle,” Blaker wrote. “I had my agents check all the hotels in the city to see if he was staying in any of them. We found nothing.”
Investigators then asked a Walmart manager if they could look at surveillance cameras to confirm whether Archer had been in the store, but they were unable to.