12:40 PM PT -- Moscow PD is changing its story once again ... giving an update Thursday, with a police spokesman telling CNN, "We remain consistent in our belief that this was indeed a targeted attack."
While the department's going back on its original belief, Moscow PD is still sticking to a part of Wednesday's statement -- the spokesman reiterated it's unclear if the victims or the home was a part of the possible targeting.
Idaho authorities seem to be back to square one ... they just reversed a key finding in their investigation into the slaughter of four college students.
The Moscow Police Department released a "clarification" on Facebook Wednesday night, saying they are now UNSURE if the victims or the murder house were targeted by the killer or killers.
The statement read ... "We have spoken with the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office and identified this was a miscommunication. Detectives do not currently know if the residence or any occupants were specifically targeted but continue to investigate."
Latah County prosecutor Bill Thompson sparked confusion during a recent interview with NewsNation, stating the assailant/assailants were "specifically looking at this particular residence." He added the use of the term "targeted" was likely a mistake because it implied one or more of the victims were in the killer/killers' crosshairs.
Thompson's words muddled the message from Moscow Police Chief James Fry, who has been adamant since the beginning of the probe that it was a "targeted attack," but he never explained why. Police have not identified the suspect/suspects or released a motive. Few details about the crimes are publicly known.
Four University of Idaho students were discovered fatally stabbed inside an off-campus home on November 13. Investigators believe the murder weapon was a combat knife similar to the one used by the Rambo character in the '80s film, 'First Blood.' But, the weapon has not been found.
With the killer/killers at large and little if no answers from police ... many university students -- out of fear -- have opted to attend classes remotely.