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Idaho Police Questioned About Similarities to a 2021 Oregon Stabbing Crime


An unsolved knife crime from over a year ago is among the many tips investigators in Idaho are looking through on Thanksgiving Day.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police Agency Chief James Fry, whose department is heading the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students, stated that investigators received a tip regarding another stabbing last year in Salem, Oregon.

Travis and Jamilyn Juetten were roused from their sleep on Aug. 13, 2021, at about 3:00 a.m., by an unknown person attacking them with a knife. Travis fought off the attacker, but he died at the scene.

Jamilyn was stabbed 19 times and sustained other injuries, but she was taken to the hospital and survived. There is no suspect in that attack, according to police.

A reporter asked Chief Fry on Wednesday if investigators are looking into any possible connection between the quadruple homicide in Idaho and the Salem attack, noting that both cases involve an unknown assailant breaking into a home around 3:00 a.m. and attacking sleeping victims with a knife.

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“We’re looking at every avenue and we have other agencies reaching out to us with other cases, stuff that we are going to follow up on,” Fry answered, noting that he was aware of the Oregon case and had received a tip about it. No official connection has been drawn between the two cases.

Idaho police investigating quadruple murders asked about similarities to 2021  unsolved Oregon stabbing attack

Travis Juetten’s family offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer in June 2022, 10 months after he was murdered.

On Wednesday evening, a detective from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon assigned to the 2021 investigation did not answer questions.

More than 100 law enforcement agents from the FBI, Idaho State Police, and the Moscow Police Department are still poring through evidence ten days after the murders of Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves in Moscow, Idaho.

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According to authorities, the four friends came home at 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 13 and were attacked while sleeping between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m.

A medical examiner revealed that all four victims were stabbed numerous times and that some of them had defensive wounds.

Police have no suspects and no murder weapon, but they are hunting for a “fixed-blade knife.”

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