Moscow Police Department Chief James Frye, whose department is leading the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students, said during a news conference Wednesday that investigators received a tip about another stabbing last year in Salem, Oregon.
In the Oregon case, Travis and Jamilyn Juetten were awakened from their sleep around 3:00 am on August 13, 2021 when an unknown assailant attacked them with a knife. Travis fought off the attacker, but was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jamilyn suffered 19 stab wounds and other injuries, but was transported to a hospital and survived. Police do not have a suspect in that attack.
A reporter asked Chief Frye Wednesday if investigators are looking into any possible connection between the Idaho quadruple homicide and the Salem attack, noting that both cases involve an unknown assailant who broke into a home around 3:00 a.m. am and attacked the sleeping victims with a knife. .
“We’re looking at all avenues and we have other agencies contacting us with other cases, things we’re going to follow up on,” Frye responded, noting that he was aware of the Oregon case and had received a tip about it. . An official connection between the two cases has not been established.
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In June 2022, ten months after the murder of Travis Juetten, his family offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer.
A detective with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon assigned to the 2021 investigation did not respond to questions Wednesday night.
In Moscow, Idaho, more than 100 law enforcement officers from the FBI, Idaho State Police, and Moscow Police Department are still reviewing evidence ten days after Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves were murdered. .
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The four friends returned home around 1:45 a.m. on November 13 and were attacked in their sleep between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m., according to police.
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All four victims were stabbed multiple times and some of them had defensive wounds, a medical examiner determined.
Police have not identified a suspect and do not have the murder weapon, but are looking for a “fixed blade knife.”