From Oregon State Police
Linn County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the black 2010 Jeep Patriot associated with an Everett, Washington murder investigation was recovered Saturday, October 8th in a remote area of eastern Linn County. Investigators also confirmed finding an unidentified deceased white adult male inside the vehicle. The body will be taken to the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office in Clackamas where an autopsy will be done Monday to positively identify the deceased and determine the manner and cause of death.
According to Linn County Sheriff’s Office, investigators followed up on information developed during the last several days and found the missing vehicle early Friday afternoon, October 7th in a remote wooded area of rural Linn County, Oregon. The vehicle was discovered over an embankment along a logging road in the vicinity of Yellowbottom Campground north of Green Peter Lake. It was not visible from the roadway.
Working in cooperation with Everett Police Department investigators, Linn County Sheriff’s Office coordinated search and rescue resources from Marion, Benton, Linn, and Crook counties to find and recover the vehicle. It has been seized as evidence for Everett police as part of their investigation. According to Everett Police Department, the 2010 Jeep Patriot will be returned to Everett to a secure location awaiting a search warrant for evidence processing.
The vehicle was the subject of an extensive search in Oregon to assist Everett Police Department. Two suspects associated with their investigation and a murder investigation in Oregon were arrested Thursday by California Highway Patrol in Yuba County, California.
Editor’s note: Police said earlier this week that David Pedersen’s step mother was stabbed to death in her Everett home, after which Pedersen was seen leaving the house driving the family’s Jeep Patriot with his elderly and frail father in the car with him. Pedersen and Grigsby were arrested in northern California while driving a car belonging to Lafayette teen Cody Myers whose body was found off Highway 34 near Mary’s Peak. It is suspected that Pedersen and Myers were looking for a new getaway car, commandeered Myers who was on a trip to Newport, murdered him, and hijacked his car. Pedersen and Grigsby are to appear in California Superior Court on Tuesday to face weapons and fugitive from justice charges. It’s expected the two will be returned to the northwest for prosecution for the murders of Leslie Pedersen and Cody Myers, and perhaps David Pedersen, Sr. if the body in the Jeep is determined to be his.