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OSP, with Help of Family and America's Most Wanted, Seeking Tips to Solve 2006 Coos County Murder
05/26/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division is asking for the public's help to solve a 2006 murder in Coos County of a man whose body was found six months after he was reported missing. This case is also being highlighted on "America's Most Wanted" website and on a special Internet blog set up by family and friends to help investigators solve the murder of JONATHAN PETERS.
 
On July 20, 2006, human remains identified as JONATHAN PETERS, age 27, were found by a survey crew member in a densely wooded area about four miles south of Coos Bay, Oregon. The victim was last seen leaving a friend's apartment located in the 94000 block of Sumner Lane on January 27, 2006, a short distance from where his body was found. An autopsy indicated PETERS died from "multiple sharp force injuries resulting from homicidal violence".
 
PETERS was visiting the apartment with his roommate, Brian Campbell, with whom he moved with from Boise, Idaho to Eureka, California in October 2005. One month after moving, Campbell's girlfriend also moved from Boise to live with PETERS and Campbell.
 
PETERS and Campbell traveled from Eureka to Coos Bay on January 25, 2006 to help with a sick friend's landscaping business. Their friend reserved and paid for the two men to stay until January 28 in a yurt at Sunset Bay State Park.
 
On the morning of January 27, PETERS and Campbell arrived at their friend's apartment to go to work. While Campbell talked to his girlfriend on the phone, PETERS went outside and didn't return. Campbell went to look for PETERS and returned about two hours later after not finding him.
 
At 12:50 p.m., Campbell called the Coos County Sheriff's Office and reported PETERS missing. Coos County Search & Rescue conducted an area search but didn't find any sign of PETERS who was never seen again until his body was found six months later.
 
Campbell later moved from Eureka to the Sonoma County, California area where he currently lives.
 
In 2007, Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division Detective John Riddle took over the PETERS' homicide investigation. During the last three years, no big breaks have surfaced and the investigation is working with family, friends and using the Internet to help develop leads to solve this case. In an effort to help generate tips, the JONATHAN PETERS homicide investigation is being highlighted on "America's Most Wanted" website at:
 
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=72404
 
Family and friends have also created a blog called "Solve Jonathan's Murder" with information, photos and video at http://solvejonathansmurder.blogspot.com/.
 
Anyone with information regarding the JONATHAN PETERS homicide investigation can also contact Detective Riddle at (541) 888-2677 ext. 232.