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It took decades to identify her. Now police may be even closer to finding Canadian teen’s killer.

These undated sketches released by the Los Angeles Police Department show two men police are looking for in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Canadian woman found stabbed to death in Los Angeles in 1969. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)

Earlier this year, Los Angeles police revealed the identity of a woman whose body was discovered near the site of the most notorious Manson family killings in Los Angeles in 1969.

For nearly half a century, she was known simply as “Jane Doe No. 59.” Now she had a name: 19-year-old Reet Jurvetson, a Canadian transplant who had arrived in Los Angeles the same year she was killed, according to People.

The break in the case occurred when someone saw a photo of the 19-year-old on a crime website and recognized that they were looking at an old friend. The friend contacted Jurvetson’s sister, who reached out to police. DNA taken from Jurvetson’s bloodied bra matched her sister’s, bringing some closure to a decades-old mystery.

And yet, the other half of Jurvetson’s mystery remains: the identity of her killer(s).

This week, police moved one step closer to solving the case when they released sketches of two men who are considered people of interest, according to the Associated Press.

The sketches are based on an interview with a witness in Montreal in July, the AP reported. The sketches are not current and depict the men’s appearance at the time of Jurvetson’s death.

Charles Manson says he has undiscovered victims. Police want to know if this teenager is one of them.

“The Montreal witness told detectives about meeting Jurvetson and a man known as either “John,” or the name’s French pronunciation, “Jean,” at a cafe in Montreal in 1969,” the AP reported. “The witness helped detectives draw a sketch of the man and an associate of his who may go by the same name.”

The associate was described as being shorter with a bowl haircut that resembled members of the Beatles, People reported.

“They might have been sharing an apartment in Los Angeles,” retired Los Angeles police cold case detective Cliff Shepard told People. “They or he might have been the last ones to see her.”

Lou Rivera, the Los Angeles Police Department’s lead detective in the case, told CBC News that until police know more, they only consider “John” a “person of interest.”

“He’s definitely someone who’s at the heart of the investigation because she came to visit him,” Rivera said. “So our question is who is he? Where did he live? Why didn’t he report her missing?

“Again, it could all be innocent and you know he might have left and just lost contact,” he added. “But we definitely want to retrace these steps, especially to the day she was found.”

The teenager’s body was discovered Nov. 16, 1969, by a birdwatcher, hidden in tangled brush down an embankment off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles.

The victim was tall and slender and had brown hair, green eyes and “a mouthful of dental work, suggesting a middle-class background and parents who cared,” according to a 2012 post in True Crime Diary.

This year police revealed that the 19-year-old was born in Sweden and grew up in Montreal.

Investigators thought her clothes — a long-sleeve shirt, a corduroy jacket and knee-high boots — seemed out of place for California’s mild climate, especially when they noticed some items had “Made in Canada” tags attached, the Diary noted.

“The medical examiner found no evidence of smog in her lungs, suggesting she was new to the Los Angeles area,” the Diary said. “He did find a slight trace of tuberculosis, which she could have thought was a cold. Another clue about geography: there was some evidence of coal dust in the lungs, the kind that would come from living near coal-burning plants or mines.”

The brutal nature of the woman’s death only deepened the mystery. She’d been stabbed 150 times, mostly around her neck and torso, according to the Associated Press.

Shepard — a legendary Los Angeles detective who would spend decades investigating the homicide — deemed her death an “overkill” that hinted at a madman or a romantic relationship gone awry, according to the Diary.

Because of the location and timing of Jurvetson’s death, investigators early on homed in on a potential culprit in the case: the Manson Family. Only three months earlier, and several miles away, a pregnant Sharon Tate and several friends had been fatally stabbed by members of the group.

“Mulholland Drive was a well-known dumping ground for bodies in the 1960s and 1970s,” the AP reported.

Speculation continued when a caretaker from Spahn Ranch, where Charles Manson and his followers had taken up residence, told police that the unidentified woman resembled a young hippie who had spent time at the ranch, People reported.

But that woman was later found alive and well, according to the Diary.

Investigators are still exploring whether Jurvetson could have been tied to Manson. Overkill, the Dairy notes, was an element of the Manson family’s killing style.

“Manson claims there are other victims,” Shepard, who reopened the case in 2003 and is now retired, told People. “She could have been someone who was at Spahn Ranch.”

Investigators told People that no new information was gleaned from an October interview with Manson in which the convicted murderer was asked whether he recognized a photo of Jurvetson.

Meanwhile, LAPD Detective Luis Rivera told People that investigators said Jurvetson met “John” in Toronto before seeing him again in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969.

“She was enamored,” Shepard told People. “She thought he looked like Jim Morrison of the Doors.”

“He is the best lead we have,” Luis Rivera told People. “No one deserves what happened to her. Someone might be out there who is responsible and it is our job to find out who it is and bring them to justice if we can.”

Gilda Green, a friend of Jurvetson’s told CBC News that she ran into “Jean’s” friend in Montreal in the spring of 1970.

“And I went right up to him and started talking to him, and I was asking him about Reet,” Green, said. “And he said, ‘Oh yeah, she was with us for a couple of weeks and then she left on her own and everything’s fine, she was happy.'”

Anne Jurvetson described her sister to People as “free-spirited and happy.” She had gone to Los Angeles, she said, after becoming infatuated with “John.”

“As incredible as it seems, my parents never thought to report Reet missing to the police,” Anne Jurvetson wrote in a family statement published by People “They thought that she was just living her life somewhere and that eventually news from her would turn up.

“It is such a sad, helpless kind of feeling to always question, to never know. … After all these years, we are faced with hard facts,” she added. “My little sister was savagely killed. It was not what I wanted to hear.”

This week, police revealed that Anne Jurvetson recently discovered a postcard from her sister that was sent two weeks before she died. Sent from an apartment in Hollywood, the correspondence was the last time family members heard from the teenager.

“The weather is nice and the people are kind,” the postcard read. “I have a nice little apartment. I go frequently to the beach. Please write to me. Hugs, Reet.”


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