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Update: State M.E. Identifies Bodies Found iin Cape Perpetua Scenic Area as Missing Fugitive and Girlfriend
Karen Gunson, M.D.
Oregon State Medical Examiner
(971) 673-8200
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Link to DIX and WELCH photographs valid 30 days
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office positively identified the remains of two people found April 9, 2011 by a hiker in the brush off a trail at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area south of Yachats. The remains were identified as a missing wanted Eugene-area fugitive and his girlfriend who were last seen December 24 2008.
According to Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson, the bodies of NATHAN MILES DIX, age 31, and ANNIE JO WELCH, age 31, both from the Eugene area, were positively identified by evidence at the scene and skeletal evidence. Gunson reported both individuals died from gunshot wounds to the head. DIX's wound was self-inflicted, but the manner of death for WELCH is undetermined.
DIX failed to appear December 29, 2008 in Lane County Circuit Court after bailing out of the Lane County Jail six days earlier. A nationwide arrest warrant had been issued for DIX who had been in custody following his indictment by a Lane County Grand Jury on two counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon Against a Person.
The indictment came after Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives arrested DIX related to a September 2008 incident in which he shot at Lane County sheriff deputies responding to a report of a suicidal person armed with a shotgun. DIX was wounded by deputies returning fire.
On December 30, 2008, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle registered to WELCH after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at the Cape Perpetua Lookout. The vehicle was reportedly parked at the lookout for at least four days. After finding the car, deputies searched the area but were unable to find DIX or WELCH. OSP towed and impounded the vehicle.
Next of kin have been notified.
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