Moscow Police Department Chief James Frye, whose branch is leading the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students, said during a news conference Wednesday that investigators had received a tip about another stabbing in Salem, Oregon, last year .
In the Oregon case, Travis and Jamilyn Juetten were awakened from their sleep at approximately 3:00 a.m. 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 taken to hospital and survived. The police have no suspects in this attack.
A reporter asked Chief Frye Wednesday if investigators were investigating a possible link between the four Idaho murders and the Salem attack, noting that in both cases an unknown assailant broke into a home around 3:00 a.m. and was sleeping attacked the victim with a knife.
“We’re looking at every avenue and we have other agencies that are reaching out to us with other cases that we will follow up on,” Frye replied, noting that he was aware of the Oregon case and was tipped off about it. No official link has been established between the two cases.
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In June 2022, ten months after Travis Jütten’s murder, his family offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer.
A detective assigned to the 2021 investigation with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon did not respond to questions Wednesday night.
Ten days after the murders of Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, more than 100 law enforcement officers from the FBI, Idaho State Police and Moscow Police Department are still combing through evidence in Moscow, Idaho.
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The four friends returned home around 1:45 a.m. on November 13 and were attacked between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. while they were sleeping, according to police.
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All four victims were stabbed multiple times and some had defensive wounds, a coroner found.
Police have not identified a suspect and do not have a murder weapon, but are looking for a “fixed-blade knife.”