NEWBERG, Ore. – A body found in the woods in the mid-Willamette Valley area could be linked to the disappearance of Oregon teen Cody Myers, police said Wednesday. Two people suspected in a murder in Everett, Wash., last week were recently seen driving Myers' car.
The body was that of a young, adult male and there were signs of violence, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police. Investigators were conducting an autopsy to determine the person's identity. It comes as a multi-agency search for Myers, 19, continues.
Myers was reported missing by family members on Sunday after he failed to return from a jazz festival in Newport on Saturday, October 1. His cell phone quit receiving calls over the weekend and there has been no activity on his bank account.
”He’s a straight arrow, that kid’s sharp as a tack," Cody’s Brother-in-law Chris Klein said. "Goes to college, loves Jazz. He’s never been involved in anything bad. Very involved in his church, very involved in his family. Everyone’s worried, everyone wants him home.”
Police believe David Joseph Pedersen, 31, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, are driving Myers’ car. The two are wanted for the murder of Pedersen’s stepmother, Leslie Pederson, on Sept. 29 in her Everett mobile home.
It’s believed the suspects took off in Leslie’s 2010 Jeep Patriot with Washington license number ABZ7996, but abandoned it in Oregon. It’s there that they may have gotten their hands on Myers’ car, a white 1999 Plymouth Breeze 4-door with a sticker bearing the word "Espresso.” It has Oregon license number 025 CCH.
David Joseph Pedersen is white, 5-feet 10-inches tall, 165 pounds with hazel eyes and red hair. He has extensive tattooing on his upper torso, arms and neck. He also has a tattoo on his left cheek.
Grigsby is white, 5-feet 7-inches tall, 160 pounds with light brown hair and hazel eyes.
Pedersen’s father, David Jones Pedersen, has been missing since Sept. 26 and police consider him to be “endangered.”
Both suspects are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Robert Eubanks at 503-434-7506. A special tip line is also set up at 888-780-5678.