Police in Idaho murder case investigating similar Oregon attack

Police investigating the brutal slaying of four University of Idaho students are looking into possible links to an earlier fatal knife attack on a sleeping couple in Oregon.

Moscow Police Chief James Frye was asked Wednesday if his officers were “investigating any possible connection” to the “unsolved double stabbing” of Travis and Jamilyn Juetten about 400 miles away in Salem last August.

That case, the reporter noted, also involved “two people stabbed in their home in the middle of the night, long knife, no suspects at this time,” much like the Nov. 13 off-campus quadruple slaying in Moscow.

Police investigating the brutal slayings of four University of Idaho students confirmed they are looking into possible links to the unsolved double stabbing of Travis and Jamilyn Juetten in Salem, Oregon, last August.
Police investigating the brutal slayings of four University of Idaho students confirmed they are looking into possible links to the unsolved double stabbing of Travis and Jamilyn Juetten in Salem, Oregon, last August.
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“We’re looking at all avenues and we have other agencies reaching out to us with other cases and things that we’re going to follow up on,” Frye responded.

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.

Travis and Jamilyn Juetten.
Moscow Police Chief James Frye confirmed he had a “tip” to investigate possible links to the unsolved attack on Travis Juetten, 26, and his wife Jamilyn, 24.
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“I actually got a tip on that case and I passed it on,” 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 offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest.

Friends said 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.”

Travis Juetten.
Travis Juetten’s family has offered a $50,000 reward to try to find his killer.
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As in the Idaho case, the killer struck when other people were home at the time, and a friend who planned to sit for the Juettens, who were scheduled to fly to Hawaii the next day, is believed to have scared off the attacker, KOIN 6. said.

In Idaho, police say they still don’t have a suspect in the shocking slayings of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, in the early hours of Nov. 13.

Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right.

Madison Mogen, 21, top left, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, bottom left, Ethan Chapin, 20, center, and Xana Kernodle, 20, right, were all brutally murdered.

The roommates' dog

The flatmates’ dog was spared in the fatal attack.


University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, right, and Ethan Chapin.

University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, right, and Ethan Chapin were dating at the time of their brutal murders.


A police officer guards the off-campus home where four University of Idaho students were stabbed to death

The four victims shared this house with two other roommates who were home during the brutal murders but were spared.


Police said all four were likely asleep 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.

Capt. Roger Lanier said 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 investigating claims she had a stalker, which was later dispelled.

Lanier also reiterated that a man seen in security footage near the victims at a food truck the night they died has also been ruled out.

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