The police are investigating 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 “investigating any possible connection” to the “unsolved double stabbing” of Travis and Jamilyn Juetten about 400 miles away in Salem last August.
That case, the reporter noted, also involved “two people who were stabbed in their homes middle of the nightlong knife, no suspects at this time,” much like off-campus quadruple homicide in Moscow on 13 Nov.
“We are looking at every road and we have other agencies approaching us with other cases and things that we will follow up on,” Frye responded.
When pressed, he confirmed that the Salem attack — in which Travis Juetten was killed while his wife survived despite being stabbed 19 times — was on his team’s radar.
“I actually got a tip on that case and I passed it on,” Frye confirmed.
The Juettes were attacked by a masked intruder when they were sleeping at 3 in the morning, police said at the time – with their family standing up. a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest.
Friends said Travis, 26, died while trying to fight back and stop his killer’s frenzied attack on his 24-year-old wife, who survived.
“He saved her life,” a family friend told KOIN 6 News back then. “He protected her from the attacker.”
As in the Idaho case, the killer struck when other people were home at the time, and a friend who planned to sit for the Juettens, who were scheduled to fly to Hawaii the next day, is believed to have scared off the attacker, KOIN 6. said.
In Idaho, police say they still don’t have a suspect in the shocking slayings of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, in the early hours of Nov. 13.
Police said all four were likely asleep at the time on the second and third floors of the house. Two of their roommates and one dog belonging to one of the roommates was spared by the killer.
Capt. Roger Lanier said Moscow police do not believe the surviving roommates were involved in the murder. He also ruled out Kaylee’s ex-boyfriend Jack DeCoeur as a suspect – while investigating claims she had a stalker who was later expelled.
Lanier also reiterated that a man seen in security footage near the victims at a food truck the night they died has also been ruled out.