LAPD seek two men linked to woman slain near Manson killings site

Los Angeles police are searching for two men in connection with the 1969 murder of a 19-year-old Canadian woman found brutally stabbed to death near the site of the infamous Manson family killings.

The LAPD recently released two sketches of the wanted men, based on witness interviews of how they would have looked nearly a half century ago, when Reet Jurvetson’s body was found stabbed 150 times.

It wasn’t until April of this year that police identified Jurvetson as the victim when her sister, Ann, recognized a crime scene photo of the woman posted online. Cops linked her sister’s DNA with Jurvetson’s bloody bra.

Reet Jurvetson's body was found in 1969 in brush off of Mulholland Drive, near where some of the Manson family killings took place.

Reet Jurvetson’s body was found in 1969 in brush off of Mulholland Drive, near where some of the Manson family killings took place.

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Jurvetson fled from her Montreal, Canada home as a lovestruck teenager during the summer of ‘69, following a man named Jean with whom “she was enamored,” retired LAPD cold case detective Cliff Shepard told People magazine.

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On Friday, police released a postcard Jurvetson penned to her parents after arriving to Los Angeles in October, 1969, telling them: “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.”

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Los Angeles Police Department released a postcard, believed to be the last correspondence by a 19-year-old Canadian woman found savagely stabbed to death in Los Angeles in 1969 near the site of the most notorious Manson family killings.

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That was the last time Jurvetson’s family heard from the teen. Little more than two weeks later, Jurvetson’s body was found by a birdwatcher in the brush off of Mulholland Drive, about 6 miles from where members of the Manson cult killed the 8-month pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people. Jurvetson had been stabbed 150 times in the upper torso and neck.

Police haven’t made a concrete link between the stabbing of Jurvetson and the Manson family killings, but said earlier this year that they wouldn’t rule out the possibility.

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Jurvetson wrote her family little more than two weeks before she was killed, telling them “the weather is nice” in Los Angeles.

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They interviewed Charles Manson, 81, last year about Jurvetson’s murder but it turned up no new information.

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Manson and many of his followers had been arrested the month before Jurvetson’s death, and Mulholland Drive was a well-known dumping ground for bodies in the 1960s and 1970s.

With News Wire Services

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