PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An autopsy Monday may confirm a body found in a Jeep in Oregon is a missing Washington man whose wife was killed in what a sheriff’s official has alleged was a “vicious, vile reign of terror” by the man’s son and the son’s girlfriend.
The Jeep belonged to David Jones “Red” Pedersen. He’s been missing since last month, when his wife was found stabbed to death in their Everett, Wash., home.
Pedersen’s 31-year-old son, David Joseph Pederson, and David’s 24-year-old girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, are being investigated in the slaying. They’re also being investigated in the death of a 19-year-old man who was found shot in the head near Corvallis, Ore.
Grigsby and David Joseph Pederson were arrested Wednesday in California. They pleaded not guilty to weapons and auto-theft charges and are expected in court Tuesday for an extradition hearing.
Yamhill County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Summers said when the two were arrested a “vicious, vile reign of terror … has come to an end.”