Third unsolved stabbing resurfaces amid college murder mystery

MOSCOW, Idaho – As investigators skipped Thanksgiving celebrations to continue their search for a suspect in the unsolved slayings of four University of Idaho students, a third unsolved stabbing in the Pacific Northwest has resurfaced with eerie similarities.

Reporters at a news briefing Wednesday asked Moscow police about the possible connection between the students’ slayings and another unsolved stabbing that left Travis Juetten dead and seriously injured his wife Jamilyn in Oregon.

Authorities say an intruder attacked the couple in their sleep around 3 a.m. on August 13, 2021.

Travis Juetten, 26, fought back but succumbed to his injuries. His wife, now 26, survived 19 stab wounds.

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Map showing a series of killings in the Northwest

Map showing a series of killings in the Washington-Idaho-Oregon region

“We’re looking at all avenues and we have other agencies reaching out to us with other cases, things that we will follow up on,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Wednesday. He said his office was aware of the case and was investigating it, but no official connection has been drawn between the two cases.

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The following morning, the Idaho Tribune reported that a third attack nearby had similar characteristics.

Sandra Ladd, 71, was found dead at her home in Washougal, Wash., on June 14, 2020, according to Oregon Crime Stoppers. Her death was ruled a homicide after the medical examiner found multiple stab wounds to her torso, Washougal police said at the time.

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The two attacks took place 14 months apart but within 70 miles of each other. The locations are approximately a five hour drive west of Moscow, Idaho.

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University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death in their sleep on November 13, 2022 between 3 and 4 in a rental house right next to the campus. , according to the police.

Like the attack on Juettens, the incident happened between 3 and 4 in the morning on the 13th of the month.

Details about the time of Ladd’s death were not immediately clear. Her body was discovered at 4:30 p.m.—in her bed, the Oregonian reported at the time.

In all three cases, no suspect has been identified.

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Aaron Snell, director of communications for the Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital on Thursday that investigators would dig into any possible connection between the cases.

“Unequivocally, even without asking anyone, our detectives will be aware of it,” he said. “They will look into the possibility that they are connected… anything that would be a remote possibility as a connection will be something we consider.”

He said investigators “had not ruled out any idea or concept” but that it was too early to say definitively whether any of the three cases had a connection.

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State, local and federal investigators spent the Thanksgiving holiday on the job Thursday, digging for clues 11 days after the students were found dead at a gruesome crime scene just yards from campus.

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Two other roommates in the home, who slept on the lower floor, were not attacked, according to the police.

They have been ruled out as suspects along with several other people who encountered some of the victims the night before their murders.

Moscow police have said they believe the student killings were “targeted”, but declined to elaborate.

No murder weapon has been found, and investigators are asking anyone with surveillance video of the surrounding area to submit it.

They also investigated reports that Goncalves had a stalker before the attack.

Note to victims

Mourners have left notes at makeshift memorials around town and on campus for the four University of Idaho students killed.

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“Kaylee mentioned having a stalker, but detectives have not been able to confirm the statement,” police said in a statement. “Investigators are asking anyone with information about a potential stalker or unusual cases to contact the tip line.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the tip line at 208-883-7180 or e-mail tipline@ci.moscow.id.us.

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