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Update on missing Willamette Valley youth – Body found, not positively identified yet

Photos in order: Cody Myers, Myers’ car, Salem gas station (suspects), David Pedersen, Holly Grigsby

Provided by Oregon State Police

Oregon law enforcement officials released information regarding the search for missing CODY MYERS, age 19, from Lafayette, Oregon and asked everyone to continue to be on the lookout for MYERS, two vehicles including his missing white 1999 Plymouth Breeze four-door displaying Oregon license 025 CCH, and two suspects sought in connection with a murder investigation in Everett, Washington. Information indicates the vehicle and suspects were last known to be in the Linn, Benton, Polk and Marion counties.

Law enforcement officials released information that the body of an unidentified young adult male was found late Tuesday afternoon in a mid-Willamette Valley remote wooded. The manner, cause of death, and positive identification is pending the results of an autopsy. Detectives have been investigating this death during the evening and morning. No specific information of the location is being released at this time.

Investigators notified CODY MYERS’ family of this new information and will keep them updated of any further developments before information is released publicly. The family continues to ask for no contact and to respect their privacy at this time. Family members did attend today’s news conference and thanked the media and public for their help to find CODY during this time. They also extended their continued support of the investigative efforts.

Working in cooperation with Everett, Washington police, a multi-agency task force continues coordinating the investigation and search for the two suspects in Oregon. Approximately 15 local, State and Federal agencies are currently helping. Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigating agency in the search for MYERS.

According to Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, MYERS was last seen leaving his home on October 1, 2011 at about 10:30 a.m. enroute to Newport, Oregon. He was reported missing October 2, 2011 to Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office. MYERS is described as a white male, 6’3″, 220 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Family has had no contact with him since he left home.

During the weekend, MYERS’ white 1999 Plymouth Breeze four-door was spotted at least twice in the mid-Willamette Valley area. Based upon tips and information during the weekend, investigators believe the vehicle is in the possession of Everett, Washington homicide suspects DAVID JOSEPH PEDERSEN, age 31, and HOLLY ANN GRIGSBY, age 24.

Suspect PEDERSEN is a 31-year old white male, 5’10” tall, 165 pounds, with hazel eyes and red hair. PEDERSEN has extensive tattooing on the upper torso, arms and neck. He also has a tattoo on his left cheek. Those tattoos were previously released by Everett Police Department and Oregon State Police.

Suspect GRIGSBY is a 24-year old white female, 5’07” tall, 160 pounds (although she looks thinner in recent photos), light brown hair and hazel eyes. Information indicates she may have altered her appearance including coloring her hair bright red.

Investigators are asking the public to keep an eye out for a 2010 Black Jeep Patriot Washington license ABZ7996. The front license plate has been replaced with a U.S. Marine Corp plate similar to one provided with this release. That vehicle is missing from the Washington residence and may have been abandoned in Oregon.

Anyone spotting either vehicle or suspects is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Oregon Tip Line at 888-780-5678.

Everett Police Department has two detectives in Oregon working with law enforcement to continue to follow up any leads.

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