Idaho Police Questioned About Parallels: The stabbing incident that took place in Salem, Oregon, and the four deaths that occurred in Moscow, Idaho, have not been linked in any official capacity.
Idaho Law Enforcement Investigated for Similarities
During a press conference held on Wednesday, Chief James Frye of the Moscow Police Department, whose department is in charge of leading the investigation into the murders of four University of Idaho students, stated that investigators received a tip about another stabbing that occurred in Salem, Oregon, the previous year.
In the incident that occurred in Oregon, Travis and Jamilyn Juetten were attacked with a knife by an unknown assailant around three in the morning on August 13, 2021, which caused them to arise from their slumber. Travis put up a fight against his assailant, but he was ruled dead at the site of the crime.
Jamilyn was rushed to the hospital after sustaining several injuries, including 19 stab wounds, and she ultimately prevailed there. The police have not identified a suspect in connection with the incident.
A reporter asked Chief Frye on Wednesday if investigators are looking into any possible connection between the quadruple homicide in Idaho and the attack in Salem, noting that both cases involve an unknown assailant breaking into a home around 3:00 a.m. and attacking sleeping victims with a knife. Chief Frye responded that investigators are looking into any possible connection between the two incidents.
“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,” Frye responded, noting that he was aware of the Oregon case and had received a tip about it. “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.” The two incidents have not been linked in any official capacity at this time.
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On Wednesday evening, a detective who was assigned to the 2021 investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon did not react to questions that were posed to him.
Ten days after the murders of Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves, more than one hundred law enforcement officers from the FBI, the Idaho State Police, and the Moscow Police Department are still sifting through evidence in Moscow, Idaho. These law enforcement officers are from the Moscow Police Department, the Idaho State Police, and the FBI.
According to the authorities, the four companions arrived back at their residence at around 1:45 in the morning on November 13 and were assaulted while they slept between the hours of three and four in the morning. According to the findings of a medical examiner, each of the four victims had several stab wounds, and some of them may have been injured while defending themselves.
The police do not have a suspect in custody and do not possess a weapon that may have been used in the crime; instead, they are hunting for a “fixed-blade knife.”