The mother of an Oregon man who was fatally stabbed said she hopes the case will finally be solved after police said they are investigating its possible ties to the brutal stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students.
“I want answers to all five of them. If law enforcement can work together and solve both cases, it would be the best Christmas present ever, Myra Juetten told The Independent on Thursday.
The grieving mother made her comments a day after Moscow Police Chief James Frye was asked if his department was “investigating any possible connection” to the Aug. 13, 2021, attack on Travis and Jamilyn Juetten in Salem.
Frye confirmed that last year’s attack, in which Jamilyn was stabbed 19 times, was on his team’s radar.
“We are looking at all avenues and we have other agencies reaching out to us with other cases and things that we will follow up on,” he told reporters.
Travis, 26, died while trying to fight off a masked intruder who also attacked his 24-year-old wife as they slept in the Silverton home at 3 a.m., police said.
Juetten told The Independent she was surprised to hear Frye’s comments about a possible link and said she has not been contacted by Idaho authorities.
“I heard at the press conference the other day that they were exploring it or that they were aware of it — that was the first thing I knew,” she told the news outlet.
“I got my hopes up when it’s been a year and a half and we have nothing,” she said, adding that she could not understand why anyone would have wanted to murder her son, who was “the sweetest, kindest, loving person.”
Juette noted similarities between the two cases, both of which involved a person armed with a knife who broke into a home and attacked victims while they slept in their beds.
As in the Idaho case, the killer struck when other people were home at the time.
A friend who plans to cat-sit for the couple, who were scheduled to fly to Hawaii the next day, is believed to have scared off the attacker, according to KOIN 6.
Police say they still don’t have a suspect in the stabbing deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, in the early hours of Nov. 13.
All were probably asleep at the time on the second and third floors of the house, police have said. Two roommates and a dog belonging to one of the roommates were spared by the killer.
Juetten revealed to The Independent that a dog was also left unharmed at her son’s home when he was killed.
“I think there are a lot of similarities with the case, but I couldn’t say for sure if they are or not [connected],” she said.
“My heart breaks for the parents of these four young adults,” Juetten said. “It is very, very hard to lose a child so brutally without answers. My heart breaks for them.”
She added, “I hope that law enforcement now not only solves Travis’ case, but also finds the killer of those four beautiful people.”