UPDATE: The body of young man found in a wooded area near Forest Grove was positively identified as Cody Myers, an teen from Lafayette Ore. who disappeared after leaving for a weekend jazz festival in the coastal town of Newport. The Oregon State Police read a statement from Myers's family at a press conference in Salem this evening.

The two suspects wanted in the disappearance of Myers were captured in California on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

California Highway Patrol officers spotted David Joseph Pedersen and Holly Grigsby in the missing teenager's car, according to Oregon and California authorities. They were arrested in the area of Yuba City and Sutter, about 50 miles north of Sacramento.

During a press conference earlier Wednesday, Oregon State Police announced that searchers looking for 19-year-old Myers found the body of a young man in a wooded area.


The body has not yet been positively identified, said Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings. However, he said that police notified Myers' family as a "courtesy."

Evidence shows the man whose body was found did not die an accidental death, according to Hastings. The identity, manner and cause of death were pending the results of an autopsy.

Searchers found the body on Tuesday in a rural area located in the mid Willamette Valley.

Suspects Linked To Recent Murder, Disappearance

David Joseph Pedersen, 31, and his 24-year-old girlfriend are also wanted in connection with a recent Washington state murder, according to police.

The pair is suspected in the murder of Pedersen's stepmother. In addition, they're wanted in the disappearance of Pedersen's father.

Police in Everett said 69-year-old Leslie Pedersen was found dead last week with her hands tied with duct tape and a bloody pillow wrapped around her head.

Her husband, David Jones Pedersen, is missing.

The father of Grigsby said his daughter has been addicted to heroin and methamphetamines. He added that she has a 2-year-old son, who's safe with the father.

Fred Grigsby, of Portland, also said his daughter is "mixed up" with white supremacists. Photos show her boyfriend with tattoos indicating white power sympathies.

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