Suspects in Everett slaying arrested in California
A stepmother stabbed to death in Everett. Her husband who vanished and may be in danger. Now a missing Oregon teen. All three cases may be part of a two-state crime spree.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A man and woman wanted in connection with the slaying of an Everett woman have been arrested in California, according to Everett police.
David Joseph Pedersen, 31, and Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, were arrested near Yuba City, Calif., driving a car believed to be that of an Oregon man whose body was found Tuesday.
In addition to the Everett slaying, Pedersen and Grigsby were being sought in connection with the disappearance of 19-year-old Cody Myers of Lafayette. Police said Wednesday a body believed to be that of Myers was found a day earlier in a wooded area in the Willamette Valley.
Pedersen and Grigsby — who both have extensive criminal records — are suspects in the stabbing death of 69-year-old Leslie Pedersen in Everett. Leslie Pedersen, stepmother of David Pedersen, was found in her mobile home last Wednesday.
David Jones Pedersen, the suspect's 56-year-old father, has been missing since the slaying and is believed to be in danger, Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said.
On Tuesday, law-enforcement authorities announced the two suspects were wanted in the disappearance of Myers.
Myers was last seen leaving his home Saturday morning to attend a jazz festival in Newport, a relative said. He never showed up.
Police believe Pedersen and Grigsby had been driving Myers' car, a white 1999 Plymouth Breeze sedan.
"It's a very disturbing case," Goetz said.
Police have no motive for the Everett slaying, he added.
Leslie Pedersen's body was found by her daughter in the Mobile Country Club mobile-home park in the 1400 block of 84th Street Southeast in Everett.
Neighbors told The Associated Press the Pedersens had lived there only a few weeks before Leslie Pedersen was killed.
The two had been working on fixing up their property.
"I was very happy they moved in, because I thought I was really getting some very nice neighbors," said Nora Winchell, who had one brief conversation with the couple when they moved in.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office on Tuesday said Leslie Pedersen died of "incised wounds of the neck" and ruled her death a homicide.
David Joseph Pedersen was recently released from prison in Oregon, where he had convictions for assault and robbery. He may also have served time in Colorado, authorities said, but details could not immediately be confirmed.
Authorities say Pedersen has a martial-arts background; a video on YouTube shows him losing a mixed-martial-arts contest in 13 seconds in mid-September. His official record is 0-3, according to the website mixedmartialarts.com.
Grigsby has convictions in Oregon for theft and identity theft, records showed.
Mike Klein, a relative of the Myers family, said Cody plays guitar and studies music at Clackamas Community College, where he is a sophomore.
"He's a very good kid" who loves jazz and wants to teach music, Klein said.
"We're all praying that we find him and get him back safely," he said.
Myers is described as a white male, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
The suspects are believed to have abandoned a car initially taken from the mobile home where the Pedersens lived in Everett, police said. That car is a 2010 black Jeep Patriot with a U.S. Marine Corps plate.
Both were believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached, police said.
More than 10 law-enforcement agencies were searching for the suspects, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, a spokesman for the Oregon State Police.
The suspects and the Plymouth sedan were seen in four different Oregon counties, Hastings said.
Pedersen was described as about 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, with hazel eyes and red hair. He has extensive tattoos on his upper body, including the letters "SWP" on his neck.
Grigsby is 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, with light brown hair and hazel eyes. They were last seen over the weekend on surveillance video at a store in Salem, Ore.
Seattle Times' news researchers Miyoko Wolf and Gene Balk contributed to this report. Jeff Hodson: 206-464-2109 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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