After Police Revealed a Potential Connection to the Idaho Student Killings, the Mother of a Murdered Oregon Man Spoke Out

Idaho Student Killings: The mother of a 26-year-old man who was murdered in Oregon last year has expressed “hope” that the case will be solved after police disclosed they are investigating a possible link to the murders of four University of Idaho students in Moscow.

Myra Juetten told The Independent on Thursday that it would be the “greatest Christmas present ever” if the person responsible for stabbing her son Travis to death in his Silverton, Oregon home could be brought to justice, as would the person responsible for the deaths of the two children in Idaho.

To paraphrase, she demanded information about all five victims.

The best Christmas present would be for law enforcement to cooperate together and solve both cases.

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Police Revealed a Potential Connection to the Idaho Student Killings

On the morning of August 13, 2021, at around 3 a.m., Travis, 26, and his wife Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were awoken by a masked intruder who entered their bedroom and stabbed them repeatedly.

Travis resisted the assault but was fatally stabbed anyhow. Incredibly, despite being stabbed 19 times, Ms. Juetten managed to survive, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The case has been open for 15 months, and despite a $50,000 reward offered by Travis’ family, no suspect has been identified or the murderer brought to justice.

This week, comparisons were made between the stabbing deaths of the young couple and the killings of four people in Moscow, Russia, on the 13th of November.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry was asked about a possible connection between the two killings during a press conference on Wednesday.

He stated that they are aware of the murder in Oregon and are looking into any possible connections.

Authorities are “looking into any conceivable connection,” he added, adding that they are “exploring every possible option” to get answers.

“I had a tip come in on that case, and I passed it,” he added.

Ms. Juetten revealed to The Independent that she has been keeping up with the news about the unsolved killings in Idaho and was shocked to see that authorities have linked the case to the death of her son.

She stated that watching the press conference was the first time she heard officials were probing a link and that neither investigators in Moscow nor the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon had contacted her about the probable development in her son’s case.

Police Revealed a Potential Connection to the Idaho Student Killings
Police Revealed a Potential Connection to the Idaho Student Killings

It wasn’t until the press conference the other day that she found out about it: “I heard it on the news conference the other day that they were exploring it or that they were aware of it.”

When asked how she felt after hearing her son’s case brought up, she said it “got my hopes up” after waiting 15 painful months for answers on who killed her kid.

She stated, “I did get my hopes up as it’s been a year and a half and we have nothing,” adding that she still doesn’t understand why her son, who was “the loveliest, kindest, loving person,” would have been murdered.

She remarked, “He was just getting his life started.”

I can’t imagine somebody intentionally harming him. He had the purest heart of anyone you’d ever meet; he was the most genuinely affable and affectionate human being.

The killing of animals was something he could not condone, thus he adhered to a strict vegan diet. If you had asked, he would have given you the shirt from his back; his heart was that large.

Travis’s mom is “not sure” if the two instances are connected, but she does think there are “a lot of similarities.”

At around 3 a.m., the suspect in both unsolved instances broke into a residence and attacked the occupants with a knife while they slept.

They were both committed on the thirteenth of the month.

It’s worth noting that in both instances, other people who were present at the time of the murders were unharmed.

One of Travis’ friends was sound asleep somewhere when he was killed. The couple was set to leave for Hawaii the next day, so the friend was sticking behind to take care of the pets. The noise woke up the friend, who is assumed to have chased away the attacker before dialing 911.

Two additional roommates were also present during the Idaho murders. They slept through the raid and woke up uninjured.

Ms. Juetten told The Independent that her son’s dog was left unhurt in the house after the murders were committed and that all the victims were stabbed in the torso. This Thursday, authorities in Moscow disclosed that after Goncalves’ murder, the puppy was discovered safe and well in the students’ apartment.

Ms. Juetten speculated that there were connections between the two cases but could not confirm them.

The time difference between the two is “nine hours,” she said.

Ms. Juetten, who lost a son in a similar tragedy, expressed her “heartbreak” for the families of the four Idaho fatalities.

Her words were, “My heart hurts for the parents of these four young individuals.”

Having no explanation for the tragic loss of a child is incredibly difficult. My soul hurts because of what they’re going through.

Having to go through the last year knowing her son’s killer is still at large is “a nightmare,” as Ms. Juetten puts it.

It’s horrible. This is the worst possible scenario for us. There’s a killer loose in the world, and it’s devastating for the whole family,” she said.

Any time we can get people interested in [the case] and look at bits of the puzzle, it gives us hope that they will eventually discover Travis’ killer and bring him to justice.

She believes that investigators may have finally unearthed a clue that will help them solve the case.

She hoped that the police will locate the killer of the four lovely individuals and not only Travis.

Even though the 2021 crime has not been solved, reports of a possible link to the triple killings in Idaho have surfaced.

After 11 days of looking into the matter, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made.

On the morning of November 13th, the three women and their two housemates were brutally murdered in the home they lived off campus.

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A “private party” drove Goncalves and Mogen home after they spent Saturday night at The Corner Club bar in downtown Moscow and then stopped by a food truck. Kernodle and Chapin were at a sorority party at Sigma Chi’s home together.

At about 1:45 a.m., all four victims reportedly returned to the student house.

The time of death of the deceased is estimated to be about 3 am or 4 am, officials stated last week.

Four people were killed in total; two on the second floor and two on the third. The two housemates who made it through the night unhurt were both resting on the ground floor.

The coroner has determined that a big knife was used to repeatedly stab all four victims while they were sleeping. The murder weapon, a fixed-blade knife, has not been found, and none of the victims showed symptoms of sexual assault.

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