Idaho student murders may be linked to 2021 Oregon stabbing, Moscow police reveal

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Investigators are investigating the possibility that the quadruple murder of four University of Idaho students could be linked to an unsolved 2021 stabbing stabbing 400 miles away in Oregon.

On August 13, 2021, a couple was attacked at their home in Salem, Oregon by a masked assailant who broke in armed with a knife, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said at the time. .

Travis Juetten, 26, and Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were woken around 3 a.m. when the mysterious attacker entered their bedroom and stabbed them both repeatedly.

Mr Juetten tried to push the attacker away but was stabbed to death. Ms Juetten was stabbed 19 times in the attack but miraculously survived.

Although the families of the victims have offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer, more than a year later the case remains unsolved.

Similarities are now being drawn between the stabbings and murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, in Moscow, Idaho.

The two unsolved cases involve a knife-wielding suspect who broke into a house around 3 a.m. and attacked victims while they slept in their beds.

Also in both cases, other people were at home at the time of the killings and were not injured.

At the time of the stabbings in Oregon, a friend was sleeping in another room as they went to babysit the cat for the couple as they had planned a trip to Hawaii the next day.

The friend was woken up by the commotion and allegedly scared off the attacker, before calling 911, KOIN6 reported.

Travis Juetten, 26, and Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were attacked at their home in Salem, Oregon, last year

(Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Likewise, two other housemates were in the house at the time of the Idaho murders. They were not injured and reportedly slept during the attack.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow police confirmed they were aware of the Oregon incident and were “investigating any possible connection” between the crimes.

“We’re looking at all avenues and we have other agencies contacting us with other cases and things that we’re going to follow up on,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry said.

He added that he had received a tip linking the two cases.

β€œI actually got a tip on this case and passed it on,” he said.

The possible link comes as – 11 days after the quadruple murder – no suspects have been named and no arrests have been made.

Officials gave few new details about the case at Wednesday’s press conference, declining to say why they believe the killings were targeted – simply telling the terrified community to “trust us”.

Police reiterated that the two surviving roommates, the man who was photographed with Mogen and Goncalves in a food truck downtown before returning home the night of the murders, the person who brought Mogen and Goncalves back Goncalves at home from the food truck and Goncalves’ longtime ex-boyfriend have all been ruled out as suspects.

They also revealed that they were unable to confirm reports that Goncalves had a stalker – but were also unable to rule him out.

All four victims were stabbed to death in the off-campus house the three women shared with two roommates in the early morning hours of November 13.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were killed on November 13

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Goncalves and Mogen had spent Saturday night at The Corner Club bar in downtown Moscow, before stopping by a food truck and then heading home from an unnamed “private party”. Kernodle and Chapin were together at a sorority party at the Sigma Chi house.

The four victims reportedly returned to the student hostel around 1:45 a.m.

Several calls were then made from Goncalves and Mogen’s phones to Goncalves’ former longtime boyfriend’s phone between 2:26 a.m. and 2:52 a.m. None of the calls were answered.

The victims’ time of death is believed to be around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m., officials said last week.

Two victims were killed on the second floor and two on the third floor of the house. The two surviving housemates were sleeping on the first floor and were uninjured.

The gruesome crime scene went unnoticed for several hours as police received a 911 call at 11.58am on Sunday reporting an “unconscious individual” at the home.

Police arrived to find the four victims dead.

The coroner revealed that the four victims had been stabbed repeatedly with a large knife while lying in bed. There were no signs of sexual assault on any of the victims and the murder weapon – a fixed blade knife – was not found.

Investigators are asking anyone who has observed notable behavior, has CCTV, or can provide relevant information about the killings, to call the Tip Line at 208-883-7180​​or email email tipline@ci.moscow.id.us

Idaho student murders may be linked to 2021 Oregon stabbing, Moscow police reveal

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