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Moscow Police Chief James Fry, whose department is leading the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students, said at a news conference Wednesday that investigators received a tip about another stabbing last year in Salem, Oregon.
In the Oregon case, Travis and Jamilyn Jueten were awakened around 3:00 a.m. on August 13, 2021, to an unknown assailant attacking 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 doubt in that attack.
A reporter asked Chief Frye Wednesday if investigators were looking for a possible connection between the Idaho quadruple murders and the Salem attack, noting that in both cases an unknown assailant broke into a home around 3:00 a.m. and attacked the sleeping victim with a knife. .
“We’re looking at every avenue and we have other agencies that are contacting us with other cases, things that we’re going to pursue,” Fry replied, noting that he was aware of the Oregon case and received a tip that it was two cases. No formal connection has been drawn between.
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In June 2022, ten months after Travis Zooten was murdered, his family offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer.
A detective with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon assigned to the 2021 investigation did not respond to questions Wednesday evening.
In Moscow, Idaho, more than 100 law enforcement officers from the FBI, Idaho State Police and the Moscow Police Department are still sifting through evidence ten days after the murders of Ethan Chapin, Jana Karnodol, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.
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According to police, the four friends returned home around 1:45 a.m. on November 13 and were attacked while they were sleeping sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m.
The four victims were stabbed multiple times and some had defensive wounds, a medical examiner determined.
Police have not identified the suspect and did not have the murder weapon, but are looking for a “fixed blade knife.”
Idaho police investigating quadruple homicide ask about similarities to unsolved Oregon stabbings in 2021
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