Police look for a link between a deceased Oregon man and Idaho killings

Police look for a link between a deceased Oregon man and Idaho killings

The mother of a man who was brutally stabbed in Oregon expressed optimism that the murder will be solved after police revealed they are investigating possible links to the gruesome stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students.

“I require responses for all five of them. Myra Juetten told The Independent on Thursday that it would be the nicest Christmas present ever if law enforcement could work together to solve both crimes.

The heartbroken mother made her remarks one day after Moscow Police Chief James Frye was asked if his agency was “exploring any possible relation” to the August 13, 2021 attack on Travis and Jamilyn Juetten in Salem.

Frye stated that his team was aware of the assault last year in which Jamilyn was stabbed 19 times.

He told reporters, “We are pursuing every possibility, and other agencies have reached out to us with additional instances and information that we will investigate.”

Travis, 26, died while fighting a masked invader who also attacked his 24-year-old wife while they slept in their Silverton home at 3 a.m., according to authorities.

Juetten told The Independent that she was astonished to hear Frye’s statements regarding a probable relationship, as Idaho officials have not contacted her.

She informed the news source that she learned about their investigation or awareness of the issue for the first time at a recent press conference.

“I did get my hopes up since it’s been a year and a half and we have nothing,” she added, adding that she could not comprehend why anybody would have wanted to murder her son, who was “the loveliest, kindest, most loving individual.”

Juetten observed parallels between the two crimes, in which a perpetrator armed with a knife broke into a residence and attacked sleeping victims.

Similar to the case in Idaho, the killer attacked when others were at home.

According to KOIN 6, a friend who planned to cat-sit for the couple, who were scheduled to go to Hawaii the following day, is thought to have scared off the assailant.

Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, were stabbed to death in the early hours of November 13. According to police, no suspect has been identified.

All of them were presumably asleep on the second and third floors at the time, according to investigators. The killer spared two housemates and a dog belonging to one of the roommates.

Juetten reported to The Independent that her son’s home also included an uninjured pet dog when he was murdered.

She remarked, “I believe there are many parallels to the case, but I cannot tell definitively if they are related or not.”

Juetten stated, “My heart hurts for the parents of these four young individuals.” “It is really difficult to lose a kid so violently and with no explanation. My soul aches for them.”

She said, “I hope that law enforcement can now not only solve Travis’ case, but also uncover the murderer of those four lovely individuals.”

 

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