Moscow Police Department chief James Frye, whose department is leading the investigation in the murders of four University of Idaho students told a news conference Wednesday that investigators had been briefed on another stabbing last year in Salem, Oregon.
In the Oregon case, Travis and Jamilyn Juetten were awakened from their sleep around 3 a.m. on August 13, 2021 by an unknown assailant who attacked them with a knife. Travis fended off the assailant, but was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jamilyn suffered 19 stab wounds and other injuries, but was taken to hospital and survived. The police have no suspects in this attack.
A reporter asked Chief Frye on Wednesday if investigators were looking into a possible connection between the quadruple homicide in Idaho and the Salem attack, noting that both cases involve an unknown assailant breaking into a home around 3 a.m. and attacking sleeping victims with a knife. .
“We are looking at all leads and we have other agencies contact us with other cases, things we’ll follow up,” Frye replied, noting that he was aware of the Oregon case and had received a tip about it. No official link. was established between the two cases.
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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 from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon assigned to the 2021 investigation did not take questions Wednesday night.
In Moscow, Idaho, more than 100 law enforcement officers from the FBIIdaho State Police and the Moscow Police Department are still reviewing evidence ten days after the murders of Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.
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The four friends returned home around 1:45 a.m. on November 13 and were attacked while sleeping between 3 a.m. and 4 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 have no murder weapon, but are looking for a “fixed blade knife”.