Suspects in Everett murder, Ore. teen's death arrested in Calif.

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by KING 5 News and KGW

KING5.com

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 4:46 PM

SEATTLE -- Two suspects wanted for the murder of an Everett, Wash., woman and possibly the death of an once missing Oregonian, Cody Myers, were arrested Wednesday afternoon in California.

The California Highway Patrol arrested David Joseph Pedersen, 31, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, around 1 p.m. near the city of Chico.  The couple were seen driving the car of Myers.

The two have first-degree murder warrants for the death of Pedersen's stepmother, Leslie Pedersen. The 69-year-old was found dead in her Everett mobile home on Sept. 29. Her Jeep was missing from the scene when police arrived.

Also missing is Pedersen's father, David Jones Pedersen. He hasn't been seen since Sept. 26 and police considered him to be "endangered."

Police in Oregon say surveillance video showed the suspects driving the car of Myers, 19, of Lafayette, Ore.  Investigators Wednesday said they found Myers' body in the woods in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley area.  An autopsy showed Myers' died of homicidal violence.

Myers was reported missing by family members on Sunday after he failed to return from a jazz festival in Newport on Saturday. His cell phone quit receiving calls over the weekend and there has been no activity on his bank account.

David Joseph Pedersen's convictions date back to 1997, when he was 16 and convicted of robbery in Marion County, Ore., according to public records. He spent nearly six years in prison and was released in January 2003.

Less than a month later, he was arrested on charges that included assaulting a police officer in Eastern Oregon's Umatilla County. He was convicted on one count and spent seven years in prison, four of them at a federal prison in Colorado.

Grigsby spent time in prison for a variety of minor charges beginning in 2006, including identity theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. After completing probation, she was again sentenced in 2008 on identity theft charges and served two years.

 

 

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