MOSCOW, Idaho – As investigators skipped Thanksgiving celebrations to continue searching for a suspect in the unsolved murders of four University of Idaho students, a third unsolved stabbing in the Pacific Northwest resurfaced with eerie similarities.
At a news briefing Wednesday, reporters asked Moscow police about a possible connection between the student murders and another unsolved stabbing that left Travis Juetten dead and his wife Jamilyn critically wounded in Oregon.
Authorities say the intruder attacked the couple while they were sleeping 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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“We’re pursuing all avenues and we have other agencies approaching us with other cases, things that we’re going to pursue,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Wednesday. He said his office was aware of the case and was looking into it, but there was no official connection between the two cases.
The next morning, the Idaho Tribune reported that a third attack nearby had similar characteristics.
Sandra Ladd, 71, was found dead in her home in Washougal, Washington on June 14, 2020, according to Oregon Crime Stoppers. Her death was ruled a homicide after a medical examiner found multiple stab wounds to her torso, Washougal police said at the time.
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The 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 between 3 and 4 a.m. on November 13, 2022, in their sleep in a rental house just off campus . , according to police.
The incident, like the attack on Juettens, took place on the 13th of the month between 3 and 4 in the morning.
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.
No suspects have been identified in all three cases.
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Aaron Snell, director of communications for the Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital on Thursday that investigators will look into any possible connection between the cases.
“Unequivocally, even without anyone asking, our detectives will know that,” he said. “They will look at the possibility that they are connected … anything that would be a remote possibility as a connection will be something that we will consider.”
He said investigators “have not ruled out any idea or concept” but that it is too early to say definitively whether any of the three cases are connected.
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Two other roommates in the home who were sleeping downstairs were not attacked, according to police.
They were ruled out as suspects, along with several other people who met some of the victims the night before their murders.
Moscow police said they believed the killings of the students were “targeted” but declined to elaborate.
No murder weapon has been found and investigators are asking anyone with surveillance video of the area to send it in.
They were also looking into reports that Goncalves had a stalker before the attack.
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“Kaylee mentioned that she had a stalker, but detectives were unable to corroborate the statement,” police said in a statement. “Investigators are asking anyone with information about a possible stalker or unusual cases to contact the hotline.”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the tip line 208-883-7180 or email [email protected].