MOSCOW, Idaho – As investigators skip Thanksgiving celebrations to continue searching for a suspect in the unsolved murders of four University of Idaho students, a third remains unsolved in the Pacific Northwest. The stabbing resurfaced with eerie similarities.
At a news briefing Wednesday, reporters asked Moscow police about a possible connection between the student killings and another unsolved stabbing that killed Travis Juton and seriously injured his wife, Jamelyn, in Oregon.
Officials say that on August 13, 2021, around 3 a.m., an intruder attacked the couple in their sleep.
Travis Juton, 26, fought back but succumbed to his injuries. His wife, now 26, survived 19 stab wounds.
Idaho homicide: Investigators work through Thanksgiving as college town shut down
“We’re looking at every avenue, and we have other agencies reaching out to us with other matters, things we’re going to follow up on,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Wednesday. He said his office is aware of the case and is looking into it, but has not found a formal connection between the two cases.
The next morning, the Idaho Tribune reported that a third close-in attack had similar characteristics.
Sandra Ladd, 71, was found dead at her home in Washougal, Oregon on June 14, 2020, according to Oregon authorities. Washougal police said at the time that her death was ruled a homicide after the medical examiner found multiple stab wounds to her torso.
University of Idaho student deaths: Timeline of events
The two Oregon attacks took place 14 months apart but 70 miles apart. These locations are about a five-hour drive west of Moscow, Idaho.
Idaho police investigating quadruple murders ask about similarities to unsolved 2021 Oregon stabbing
University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20, Zana Kurnodel, 20, Madison Maughan, 21, and Kelly Goncalves, 21, were stabbed in their sleep in a rented house just off campus on November 13, 2022, between 3 and 4 a.m. He was killed by stabbing. According to police
Like the attack on Juettens, this incident took place between 3 and 4 am on the 13th of the month.
Details about Ladd’s time of death were not immediately clear. Her body was discovered at 4:30 p.m.—in her bed, the Oregonian reported at the time.
No suspect has been identified in the three incidents.
Idaho murders: Fox News’ Ted Williams pushes back against ‘Peeping Tom’ theory, ‘too personal’
Aaron Snell, director of communications for the Idaho State Police, told Fox News Digital on Thursday that investigators are looking into any possible connection between the cases.
“Obviously, without anyone asking, our spies would be aware of it,” he said. “They will consider the possibility that they are connected…anything that is even remotely likely to be a connection will be something we consider.”
He said investigators “have not ruled out any ideas or concepts” but that it is too early to say whether any of the three cases are related.
Idaho Code Killer: FBI Profiler Reveals Possible Traits of Suspect
State, local and federal investigators spent the Thanksgiving holiday on the job Thursday, digging for clues 11 days after students were found dead at a serious crime scene just yards from campus.
WATCH: FBI officials arrive at Idaho command center on Thanksgiving:
Two other roommates in the home, who were sleeping downstairs, were not attacked, according to police.
He has been ruled out as a suspect, along with several others who encountered some of the victims the night before their murders.
Moscow police have said they believe the killings of the students were “targeted”, but declined to elaborate.
No murder weapon has been recovered and investigators are asking anyone with surveillance video of the surrounding area to send it in.
They were also looking into reports that Goncalves had a stalker before the attack.
Click here to get the Fox News app.
“Kelly mentioned having a stalker, but detectives were unable to confirm that statement,” police said in a statement. “Investigators are asking anyone with information about possible predators, or unusual incidents, to contact the tip line.”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the tip line. 208-883-7180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.