Police officers investigating the brutal murder of four University of Idaho students are investigating possible links to an earlier fatal knife attack on a sleeping couple in Oregon.
Moscow Police Chief James Frye was asked Wednesday if his officers were “looking for any possible connection” to the “unsolved double stabbing” of Travis and Jamilyn Juetten about 400 miles away in Salem last August.
The reporter noted that this case also involved “two people stabbed in their home in the middle of the night, with a long knife, no suspect at the moment”, as well as an off-campus homicide in Moscow on November 13.
Police officers investigating the brutal murder of four University of Idaho students have confirmed they are investigating possible links to the unsolved double stabbing of Travis and Jamilyn Juetten in Salem, Oregon last August.
“We’re looking at every road and we’ve got other agencies approaching us with other issues and things that we’ll be dealing with,” Frye replied.
When pressed, he confirmed that the attack in Salem – which killed Travis Juetten while his wife survived despite 19 stabbings – was on his team’s radar.
Moscow Police Chief James Frye has confirmed he has a “tip” to investigate possible links to the unsolved attack on Travis Juetten, 26, and his wife Jamilyn, 24. Marion County Sheriff’s Office
“I actually received a tip on the matter and passed it on,” Frye confirmed.
The Juettens were attacked by a masked intruder as they slept at 3am, police said at the time – and their family offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest.
Friends said Travis, 26, died trying to fight back and stop the killer’s frenzied attack on his surviving wife, 24.
“He saved her life,” a family friend told KOIN 6 News at the time. “He saved her from an attacker.”
Travis Juetten’s family has put up a $50,000 bounty to try and find his killer. Family Material
As with Idaho, the killer struck while others were at home at the time, and a friend planning to take care of the Juettens, who were due to fly to Hawaii the next day, likely deterred the attacker, KOIN 6 said.
In Idaho, police say there is still no suspect in the shocking murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, in the early hours of November 13.
Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, middle, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right, were brutally murdered. The roommate’s dog was spared in the fatal attack. TikTok/kayleegoncalves0 University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, right, and Ethan Chapin dated during their brutal murders. AP The four victims shared this house with two other roommates who were in the house during the brutal murders but were spared. James Keivom
Police said the four were likely sleeping on the second and third floors of the house at the time. Two of their roommates and a dog belonging to one of the roommates were spared by the killer.
Captain Roger Lanier said Moscow police did not believe the surviving housemates were involved in the murder. He also ruled out Kaylee’s ex-boyfriend Jack DeCoeur as a suspect – during the examination, he claims she had a stalker who was later dispelled.
Lanier also reiterated that the man seen in the surveillance video near the victims in the food truck on the night of their deaths was also ruled out.