Cops investigating the brutal slaying of four University of Idaho students are looking into possible ties with an earlier deadly knife attack on a sleeping couple in Oregon.
Moscow Police Chief James Frye was asked Wednesday if his officers were “looking into any possible connection” to the “unsolved double stabbing” of Travis and Jamilyn Juetten about 400 miles away in Salem in August last year.
That case, the reporter noted, also involved “two people stabbed in their home in the middle of the night, long knife, no suspect at this point,” much like the off-campus quadruple slaying in Moscow on Nov. 13.
“We’re looking at every avenue and we have other agencies reaching out to us with other cases and stuff that we are going to follow up on those,” Frye replied.
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 had a tip come in on that case and I forwarded it,” Frye confirmed.
The Juettens were attacked by a masked intruder as they slept at 3 a.m., police said at the time — with their family putting up a $50,000 reward for info leading to the killer’s arrest.
Friends said that 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 at the time. “He protected her from the attacker.”
Like in the Idaho case, the killer struck as other people were home at the time, and a friend planning to catsit for the Juettens, who were due to fly to Hawaii the next day, is thought to have scared off the attacker, KOIN 6 said.
In Idaho, police say they still do not have a suspect for the shocking killing 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 of them were likely sleeping at the time on the second and third floors of the house. Two of their roommates and a dog belonging to one of the roommates were spared by the killer.
Captain Roger Lanier said that the 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 probing claims that she had a stalker, which was later dispelled.
Lanier also repeated that a man seen in security footage near the victims at a food truck on the night they died has also been ruled out.