Showing posts with label Reet Jurvetson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reet Jurvetson. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

LA cold case with Charles Manson connection revived

The Los Angeles Police Department released the sketches of two men Friday suspected of killing Reet Jurvetson in 1969. Jurvetson’s body was found near the site of the Manson killings in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Department released the sketches of two men Friday suspected of killing Reet Jurvetson in 1969. Jurvetson’s body was found near the site of the Manson killings in Los Angeles. Courtesy of LAPD
LOS ANGELES >> Police are looking for two men suspected in the killing of a 19-year-old Canadian woman who was found stabbed to death in 1969 near the site of the Manson killings in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department released the sketches of two men Friday suspected of killing Reet Jurvetson, also known as “Jane Doe No. 59,” following a July interview with a witness in Montreal, Canada, regarding a person of interest named John or Jean. The witness remembered meeting Jurvetson and the man at a Montreal cafe in 1969, according to police.

The sketches depict how the men looked at 1969 when Jurvetson was discovered in some brush off Mulholland Drive near Bowmont Drive with multiple stab wounds to her upper torso and neck area, police said.

She was identified in June 2015 after 46 years by a family friend who recognized her as Jane Doe No. 59, according to police. A DNA test that was compared to Jurvetson family members confirmed it was her.

Due to the location and the time period where Jurvetson was found, and the violent manner of her death, investigators wanted to rule out any possible connection to the notorious Manson murders, which occurred that same summer, but the investigation remains ongoing after an interview with Charles Manson did not “produce anything fruitful,” police said.

In August, detectives received information that Jurventson’s sister, Anne Jurvetson, discovered a postcard written by her to their parents, who are now deceased, police said.

The postcard was dated Oct. 31, 1969, about 16 days before Jurvetson’s body was found. The postcard had her return address as 5311 Melrose Ave., Apt. 306 in Hollywood, according to police. The building was once called the Paramount Hotel but was demolished in 1989 and a new building has since been built, according to police.

The postcard, which was written in Estonian, read, “Dear Mother and Father, The weather is nice and the people are kind. I have a nice little apartment. I frequently go to the beach. Please write me. Hugs, Reet.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division, Cold Case Unit, detectives Luis Rivera and Veronica Coronado, at (213) 485-6810.

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20160910/la-cold-case-with-charles-manson-connection-revived

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jane Doe #59 - Reet Jurvetson

Possible Manson victim identified after nearly 50 years
REET JURVETSON
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:20pm EDT LOS ANGELES | BY DAN WHITCOMB

 A woman found stabbed to death in 1969 and considered a possible victim of followers of Charles Manson has been identified after nearly 50 years, prompting detectives to question the imprisoned mass murderer about her death, Los Angeles police said on Wednesday. 

 The woman, previously known only as Jane Doe #59, was identified through DNA testing as 19-year-old Reet Jurvetson, who lost contact with her family after traveling to California from Canada in 1969, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

"Finally, after all these years, we are faced with hard facts. My little sister was savagely killed. It was not what I wanted to hear," the slain woman's sister, Anne Jurvetson, said in a statement posted on a memorial website. 

 Anne Jurvetson wrote that her parents never reported her sister missing, not realizing she had been the victim of a crime. The body of Jurvetson, who was born in Sweden and grew up in Montreal, was found in the Hollywood Hills brush. She had been stabbed 150 times in the upper body. An initial breakthrough in the case came when a family friend looking through a database of missing and deceased victims recognized her. 

"Due to the location and the time period where Reet Jurvetson was found, and the violent manner of her death, investigators wanted to rule out any possible connection to the notorious 'Manson Murders' that occurred during the summer of 1969," the LAPD said. 

Investigators questioned Manson, now 81, in prison about Jurvetson's death but learned nothing useful "and the investigation remains open and ongoing," the police department said. The LAPD asked the public to help in identifying a friend of Jurvetson known as John, or Jean. 

In the summer of 1969 Manson directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people. Among the victims was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was stabbed 16 times by members of the cult in the early morning hours of Aug. 9, 1969.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Toni Reinhold and Tom Brown)