LAPD releases sketches of two men linked to 1969 killing of Canadian Reet Jurvetson
Los Angeles police have released sketches of two men who are “persons of interest” in the slaying of 19-year-old Montreal woman Reet Jurvetson who was stabbed to death in 1969, near the site of the infamous Manson family killings.
The Los Angeles Police Department released the sketches of two men Friday based on new information following an interview in July from a witness in Montreal.
Investigators said the witness remembered meeting Reet Jurvetson at Café Image in Montreal along with a man “John” or “Jean” who is possibly French Canadian with long hair. A second sketch was also released of a possible associate, a shorter man who sported “Beatles” type hairstyle, who may go by the same name.
The sketches reflect how the men would have looked when Reet Jurvetson’s body was discovered Nov. 16, 1969 on Mulholland Drive, near the Benedict Canyon home where actress Sharon Tate and four others were stabbed to death a few months earlier in August.
Police said Jurvetson had been stabbed 150 times in the upper torso and neck. No connection between Manson and the Jurvetson case has ever been found.
With no identification, Jurvetson became known as Jane Doe No. 59 until earlier this year when detectives identified her using DNA from her sister Anne Jurvetson, who had recognized a photograph of the young woman posted online.
Detectives also said Friday that Anne Jurvetson had recently found a postcard of the California coast that her sister wrote to their parents on Oct. 31, 1969, two weeks before her death.
“The weather is nice and the people are kind. I have a nice little apartment. I go frequently to the beach. Please write to me. Hugs, Reet,” the postcard read.
Anne created a website to help solve her sister’s murder. On the site she described Reet as a “lovely, free-spirited and happy girl” who was artistic.
At 19, Reet went to visit Los Angeles before staying there and eventually lost contact with her family.
“Initially, we believed that Reet was probably in search of more autonomy, and therefore we waited for her to get in touch with us,” Anne Jurvetson said in a statement on April 18.
“Finally, after all these years, we are faced with hard facts. My little sister was savagely killed.”
Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact LAPD detectives Luis Rivera and Veronica Conrado at 213-486-6818.
*With files from the Associated PressFollow @andyruzzell
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