PORTLAND, Ore. - The mystery surrounding the disappearance of a 19-year-old Oregon man is growing and now police are looking into a connection with a murder case in Everett, Wash.
Cody Myers (pictured below in the Oregon sweatshirt) was last seen Saturday after he left his home in Lafayette to head to the Newport Jazz Festival.
Since then, his family and police have been trying to piece together clues to find out where he is or what might have happened to him. Those who know Myers say it is not like him to go missing like this.
"He's a really good kid," said Mike Klein, the young man's former boss. "He would never do anything like that, and he surely wouldn't make his mom worry about where he is."
Investigators are following a trail of clues.
Myers' car, a white Plymouth Breeze, was spotted driving erratically near Millersburg around midnight the day he disappeared.
The car was then spotted the next morning in Salem at a minimart. A clerk at the store said a woman, who was captured on a surveillance camera, was in the car and walked into the store where she reportedly tried to use a stolen credit card.
There was a man in the car but he was not Myers. No one got a good look at him, though, because he had his head covered.
Police are now looking into whether Myers' disappearance has something to do with what happened following the murder of a woman in Everett. You see the stolen credit card that was used at the minimart belonged to the murdered woman, 69-year-old Leslie Pedersen.
Leslie Pedersen was found dead in her home a couple of weeks ago. Her hands had been duct-taped together, a blood-stained pillow was wrapped around her head and a sword was next to her body. The specific cause of her death has not yet been released.
The woman's stepson, 31-year-old David Pedersen, and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Holly Grigsby, have been named the prime suspects in the murder investigation. Police confirm that Grigsby is the woman who was seen in the surveillance video at the Salem minimart.
Pedersen was recently released from prison in Oregon, is a martial arts expert and had recently been put on medical leave.
He was last seen in Everett with his father (pictured at right), who is also unaccounted for and considered endangered. Neighbors said they saw the two leave the father's house in Everett together in a Jeep.
A couple of days later Leslie Pedersen was found dead inside the home.
Investigators seized several items from the home and a nearby storage shed. The items included a handgun, crossbow and knives.
Our sister station in Seattle, KOMO News, covered the story when news of the murder broke out:
KATU learned of the connection to the Everett murder Monday night but in a rare move by law enforcement, we were asked to not release the information, at least initially, for fear that others might be hurt or that the people involved would go into hiding.
What to Look For
*Both suspects are considered ARMED and DANGEROUS and should not be approached. Instead call 911 or the tip line at (888) 780-5678.
Description of David Pedersen - SUSPECT
- White male
- 5 feet, 10 inches tall
- Weighs approximately 165 pounds
- Hazel eyes
- Red hair
- Extensive tattooing on his upper torso, arms and neck
- Has a tattoo on his left cheek
- Police photos
Description of Holly Grigsby - SUSPECT
- 5 feet, 7 inches tall
- Weighs approximately 160 pounds (looks thinner than in recent photos)
- Light brown hair
- Hazel eyes
Description of Cody Myers - MISSING
- White male
- 6 feet, 3 inches tall
- Weighs approximately 220 pounds
- Brown hair
- Hazel eyes
- David Pedersen drives a 2010 black Jeep Patriot with Washington license plate number ABZ 7996 on the back and a Marine Corps plate in the front. Authorities believe the Jeep has been abandoned somewhere in the mid-Willamette Valley.
- Cody Myers' car is a 1999 four-door Plymouth Breeze with Oregon license plate number 025-CCH. The car has the word 'Espresso' written on the lower part of both sides.