Murdered Oregon man’s mother speaks out after police uncover possible connection to Idaho student killings

Travis, 26, and his wife Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were victims of a knife attack at their home in 2021 (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

Travis, 26, and his wife Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were victims of a knife attack at their home in 2021 (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

The grieving mother of a 26-year-old man who was murdered in Oregon last year says she was given “hope” the case would finally be solved after police announced they had a possible link to the murders of four University of Idaho students studied Moscow.

Myra Jütten tells The Independent on Thursday that finding out who killed her son, Travis Juetten, in a brutal knife attack at his home in Silverton, Oregon, would be “the best Christmas present ever” — as well as catching the killer of the slain Idaho students.

“I want answers for all five,” she said of the victims.

“If law enforcement can work together and solve both cases, that would be the best Christmas present ever.”

On August 13, 2021, Travis, 26, and his wife Jamilyn Juetten, 24, were awoken at around 3 a.m. to find a masked assailant breaking into their home, entering their bedroom and stabbing them both multiple times with a knife.

Travis tried to fight off the attacker but was stabbed. Ms. Jutten was stabbed 19 times but miraculously survived, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said at the time.

Although 15 months later, Travis’ family offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer, the case remains unsolved.

Similarities were drawn this week between the stabbing attack on the young couple and the November 13 murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin in Moscow, 400 miles away.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry was asked about a possible connection between the two cases.

He confirmed that Oregon’s Idaho murder is on their radar and that investigators are investigating a possible connection.

“We’re looking at every avenue and we have other authorities that are reaching out to us with other cases and things that we’re going to follow up on,” he said, adding that the authorities are “looking into every possible connection.”

“I actually had a tip on this case and passed it on,” he added.

Travis Jütten's killer is still at large after more than a year (family handout)

Travis Jütten’s killer is still at large after more than a year (family handout)

Mrs. Jütten tells The Independent for following the news of the unsolved Idaho murders and was surprised to hear police connect the case to her son’s murder.

She revealed that she had not been contacted by investigators in Moscow, nor by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office there in Oregon, about the potential development in her son’s case, and said that watching the press conference was the first time she knew that officials were investigating a connection.

“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 said.

Mention of her son’s case “raised my hopes,” she said after an agonizing 15 months with no answers when asked who killed her son.

“I got my hopes up as it’s been a year and a half and we have nothing,” she said, explaining that she can’t understand why anyone would have murdered her son, who was “the sweetest, kindest, most loving person.”

“He’s just started his life,” she said.

“I don’t know why anyone would want to hurt him. He was a beautiful soul, he was the sweetest, kindest, most loving person you would ever meet.

“He was 100 percent vegan because he didn’t believe in killing animals. He had the biggest heart, he would have given you the shirt off his back if you had asked.”

Travis’ mother is “not sure” if the two cases are linked, but believes there are “a lot of similarities.”

In both unsolved cases, a suspect armed with a knife broke into a home around 3 a.m. and attacked victims while they slept in their beds.

Both murders took place on the 13th of the month.

Also in both cases, other people were at home at the time of the murders and were unharmed.

During Travis’s murder, a friend was asleep in another room. The friend stayed over as a pet sitter because the couple was due to go on a trip to Hawaii the next day. The friend was awakened by the commotion and is said to have scared off the attacker before calling 911.

Similarly, two other roommates were in the home at the time of the Idaho murders. They were unharmed and are said to have slept through the attack.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, took this photo together hours before they died (Image: Instagram/Kaylee Goncalves)

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, took this photo together hours before they died (Image: Instagram/Kaylee Goncalves)

Ms. Jütten added The Independent that all victims were said to have been stabbed in the torso, and revealed that a dog was also left unharmed at her son’s home when he was killed. Moscow police announced this week that Goncalves’ dog was found unharmed at the dormitory following her murder.

“I think there are a lot of similarities to the case, but I can’t say for sure if they are or not [connected]’ said Ms Jutten.

“They are nine hours apart,” she added.

After losing her son in tragically similar circumstances, Ms. Jutten said her “heart breaks” for the parents of the four Idaho victims.

“My heart breaks for the parents of these four young adults,” she said.

“It’s very, very hard to lose a child so brutally with no answers. My heart breaks for her.”

For Ms. Jütten, having to spend the past year knowing that her son’s killer is still out there is “a nightmare.”

“It’s horrible. It’s our worst nightmare. It’s very hard for the whole family because there’s a killer out there,” she said.

“We always have hope that they’ll find Travis’s killer, so we can always get people to investigate [the case] and look at the pieces of the puzzle…”

Now she hopes that the investigators may have found a piece of the puzzle.

“I hope now that law enforcement not only solves Travis’s case, but also finds the killer of these four beautiful people,” she said.

News of a possible link between the unsolved 2021 case and the four Idaho murders comes as that case also remains unsolved.

After eleven days of investigations, no suspects have been named and no arrests have been made.

The four victims were stabbed to death in the early hours of November 13 at an off-campus home that the three women shared with two roommates.

Investigators are seen at the home where the Idaho murders took place (AP)

Investigators are seen at the home where the Idaho murders took place (AP)

Goncalves and Mogen had spent Saturday night at The Corner Club bar in downtown Moscow before stopping at a food truck and then being driven home by an unnamed “private party”. Kernodle and Chapin were at a sorority party together at Sigma Chi’s house.

All four victims are believed to have returned to the dormitory around 1.45am.

The time of the victims’ deaths is estimated at around 3 or 4 a.m., officials said last week.

Two victims were killed on the second floor and two on the third floor of the house. The two surviving roommates slept on the ground floor and were unharmed.

The coroner found that all four victims were stabbed multiple times with a large knife in their beds. There were no signs of sexual assault on any of the victims and the murder weapon – a fixed-blade knife – was not recovered.

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