The deranged intruder who broke into the home of a married couple in Oregon and stabbed a woman 19 times before killing her husband while trying to defend her is still at large nearly three weeks after the horrific attack.
No arrests have been made for the August 13 murder of 26-year-old Travis Juetten, and police took to social media on August 27 for help finding the killer.
Travis Juetten and his wife, Jamilyn, 24, were due to fly to Hawaii for their first vacation since their wedding in 2018 on the day of the 3 a.m. attack at their rural Silverton home, about an hour from Portland.
Alain Leon, Travis’s longtime friend, said the 26-year-old died while protecting his wife from the attacker.
“I was honored to see him and Jamilyn get married,” Alain Leon, who had been friends with Travis since high school, wrote on Facebook.
“There he promised to dedicate his life to her, and she to him. A bad man . . . attacked them in their own home, while they slept, where Travis held on to the promise he’d made to Jamilyn just a few years ago.”
“He saved her life.”
Travis Juetten and his wife, 24-year-old Jamilyn, were due to fly to Hawaii for their first vacation since their wedding in 2018 on the day of the 3 a.m. attack at their home in Silverton. Travis was pronounced dead at the scene and now Jamilyn faces a long road to physical and emotional recovery.
No arrests have been made for the Aug. 26, Aug. 13, murder of Travis Juetten, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department took to social media on Aug. 27 to solicit directions from residents
Laura Holman, a friend of the couple, wrote in a GoFundMe initiative for Jamilyn that the couple was awakened from their sleep by someone attacking them with a knife. Leon told KOIN that a third person, who was in their house petting their animals while on vacation, heard the commotion and called the police.
Laura Holman, a friend of the couple, wrote in a GoFundMe initiative for Jamilyn that the couple was awakened from their sleep by someone attacking them with a knife. Leon told KOIN that a third person, who was at their house petting their animals while on vacation, heard the commotion and called the police.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department wrote on their social media, urging anyone with information to come forward, that both sides “had sustained multiple stab wounds” and that Travis was pronounced dead at the scene.
The department did not respond to DailyMail.com’s requests for comment.
Myra Juetten, Travis’ mother, begged anyone with information to come forward.
“Travis was my son,” Travis’ mother wrote on Facebook. “He was the most wonderful son you could have wished for with a kind, gentle spirit. He didn’t deserve this in any way. As a mother. I beg anyone with information to contact the tip line.
“Travis was my son,” she wrote on the police’s Facebook page. “He was the most wonderful son you could have wished for with a kind, gentle spirit. He didn’t deserve this in any way. As a mother. I beg anyone with information to contact the tip line.
Our hearts can’t hurt anymore. Please help us find this monster.’
In another statement, this one shared by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Travis’s mother begged anyone with information to come forward a second time.
“While we mourn the loss of Travis and wish Jamilyn’s health, we remain concerned for the safety of our family, friends and neighbors,” she wrote.
The heartbroken widow faces a long road to physical and emotional recovery.
Jamilyn is recovering from two fractured vertebrae, a fractured shoulder, a fractured skull and nerve damage, read the GoFundMe. Leon told news outlets that a muscle in one of her hands had been severed, endangering her passion for pottery.
“They are concerned about her ability to do that,” he told the outlet today. ‘The muscle on her hand was cut and she can’t’ [make certain movements] with her fingers.’
“Jamilyn’s road to recovery is not only physical, but also mental and emotional as she faces both the loss of her soulmate and the inevitable changes her life will undergo,” reads the GoFundMe for her concern.
An as-yet unidentified intruder who broke into the Silverton home of Travis and Jamilyn Juetten (pictured) stabbed the couple around 3 a.m. on Aug. 13, killing Travis and seriously injuring Jamilyn.
The sheriff’s department wrote in their post that she was in “stable condition” at this time.
Jamilyn is making progress in her recovery, Leon said, and can now walk from one place to another. The nearly $18,000 raised by GoFundMe will pay for not only the woman’s treatment, but also her living expenses and the care of the couple’s pets.
“Jamilyn and Travis didn’t have much savings and Jamilyn won’t be able to work for the next few months,” the fundraiser read.
“Jamilyn has never asked for help and feels uncomfortable about it. However, she cannot afford car payments and living expenses without help from others.’
Friends of the couple have urged news media to publish photos of beloved cat Josie, who Leon says had run away from KOIN during the frenzied attack.
“They were so devoted to each other,” Leon said. “Jamilyn wants to hold every bit of Travis she can, so that would shed some light on this dark event.”
Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering cash rewards of up to $2,500 for any information leading to the killer.