The mother of an Oregon man who was fatally stabbed said she hopes the case will finally be solved after police said they were investigating possible links to the brutal stabbing murders of four University of Idaho students.
“I want answers for all five. If law enforcement can work together and solve both cases, that would be the best Christmas present ever,” Myra Jütten told The Independent on Thursday.
The grieving mother made the comments a day after Moscow Police Chief James Frye was asked if his department was looking into “any possible connection” to the August 13, 2021 attack on Travis and Jamilyn Juetten in Salem.
Frye confirmed last year’s attack, in which Jamilyn was stabbed 19 times, was on his team’s radar.
“We’re looking at every avenue and we have other agencies that come to us with other cases and things that we’re going to follow up on,” he told reporters.
Travis, 26, died trying to fight off a masked intruder who also attacked his wife, 24, as they slept at the Silverton home at 3am, police said.
Juetten told The Independent she was surprised to hear Frye’s comments about a possible connection and said she was not contacted by Idaho authorities.
“I heard it at the press conference the other day that they were investigating 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 since it’s been a year and a half and we have nothing,” she said, adding that she couldn’t understand why anyone would want to murder her son, who is “the sweetest, kindest, most loving person.”
Jütten noted similarities between the two cases, both involving 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.
According to KOIN 6, a friend who planned to sit on the cat for the couple who were due to fly to Hawaii the next day reportedly scared off the attacker.
Police say they still have no suspect in the stabbing deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21, in the early hours of November 13.
All of them were probably sleeping on the second and third floors of the house at the time, police said. Two roommates and a roommate’s dog were spared by the killer.
Jütten 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 to the case, but I can’t say for sure if they are or not [connected],” She said.
“My heart breaks for the parents of these four young adults,” said Jütten. “It’s very, very hard to lose a child so brutally with no answers. My heart breaks for her.”
She added, “I hope law enforcement now not only solves the case of Travis, but also finds the killer of these four beautiful people.”