Provided by Oregon State Police
The ongoing murder investigations involving suspects DAVID JOSEPH PEDERSEN, age 31, and HOLLY ANN GRIGSBY, age 24, who are currently in custody in the Yuba County, California Jail are continuing. Several significant developments occurred late last week and over this past weekend keeping investigators from several law enforcement agencies working nearly around-the-clock.
The first development centers around investigative information related to the Washington and Oregon murder cases that provided a lead to Eureka, California Police Department investigating a homicide reported October 7, 2011 at approximately 12:58 p.m. According to a Eureka Police Department news release this afternoon, officers responded to a suspicious circumstances/vehicle call near the 3300 block of Glen Street. Upon arrival and inspection of the interior of a vehicle at the scene which was cluttered with clothing items, officers found an adult male deceased inside. The body showed signs of trauma and was released to the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.
The victim was identified by Eureka Police Department as REGINALD ALAN CLARK, age 53, from Eureka, California. An autopsy done Sunday, October 9th, on CLARK at the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head.
Based upon their ongoing investigation, Eureka Police Department has confirmed PEDERSEN and GRIGSBY are suspects in their homicide case. (News release link with this release)
The second development is related to the murder investigation of Cody Myers, age 19, from Lafayette, Oregon. Information developed during the week while pursuing numerous leads led to confirmation that the murder occurred in Lincoln County, Oregon.
On Friday, October 7, 2011 the Lincoln County Major Crime Team located what is believed to be the crime scene where Cody Myers was murdered east of Toledo in the Pioneer Mountain area. With the assistance of the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division, detectives processed the scene and seized evidence.
Detectives believe that Cody Myers arrived in Newport Saturday, October 1st to attend a jazz festival. After arriving in the area, he came into contact with one or both suspects prior to his death. His vehicle, a white 1999 Plymouth Breeze four-door displaying Oregon license 025 CCH, was spotted at least twice in the mid-Willamette Valley area during the weekend of October 1 – 2. One of the reported sightings confirmed the car was in the possession of two people identified during the investigation as PEDERSEN and GRIGSBY, suspects in an Everett, Washington murder investigation. Cody Myers’ body was found October 5th in the Mary’s Peak area southwest of Corvallis.
The Lincoln County Major Crime Team is asking anyone who may have spotted MYERS, PEDERSEN, GRIGSBY, the white 1999 Plymouth Breeze displaying Oregon license 025 CCH, or black 2010 Jeep Patriot displaying Washington license plate ABZ7996, in the Newport or Toledo areas, to please call Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (541) 265-0669.
The Lincoln County Major Crime Team is asking anyone who was at the Newport Performing Arts Center or across the street at Don Davis Park on Saturday, October 1st, during the daytime performances of the jazz festival who took photos or video to please contact the Tip Line.
Photographs of victim Cody Myers, suspects PEDERSEN and GRIGSBY, and similar looking vehicles are provided with this release to assist with the development of additional investigative leads.
The third significant development centers around the discovery Friday, October 7th, of the missing black 2010 Jeep Patriot associated with the Everett, Washington homicide investigation, the two suspects, and a missing endangered adult identified as DAVID JONES PEDERSEN, age 56. The missing adult is the father of suspect DAVID JOSEPH PEDERSEN, who has been missing since September 29th.
According to Linn County Sheriff’s Office, investigators followed up on information developed last week and found the Jeep Patriot early Friday afternoon, October 7, 2011 in a remote wooded area of rural Linn County, Oregon. The vehicle was discovered over the embankment of 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. When recovered, investigators confirmed the body of an adult male was found inside.
The 2010 Jeep Patriot was seized as evidence for Everett police as part of their investigation to return to Everett, Washington where investigators will await a search warrant for evidence processing.
On Monday, October 10th, an autopsy was scheduled in the morning. Positive ID and cause of death is still pending. A news release will be sent when known.
Everett police has provided an investigative scenario related to their murder investigation that is provided in a link to this news release. (Everett PD scenario link with this release)
Both suspects remain in custody in Yuba County Jail after appearing in court last week on local charges. Their bail was set at $1 million.