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North Bend Murder Suspect And Victims' Names Released, Manhunt Continues

Coos County DA

This story has been updated as of 10:39pm, June 19th.

The alleged perpetrator and victims of Friday’s violence in North Bend have all been identified. 


North Bend Police say 30-year-old Oen Evan Nicholson is their murder suspect at large. And authorities say Charles Simms Nicholson was found dead in a trailer at the Mills Casino RV Park, and may be the alleged murderer's father. The elder Nicholson's pickup truck was used in Friday's hit-and-run and escape. 

74 year-old Anthony Oyster was killed after being run over by the truck at the RV Park. His wife, 73 year-old Linda Oyster, was also hit and remains in critical condition.  Both are from Florida. 

That same morning, 47 year-old Jennifer Davidson of Coos Bay was found shot to death at the Herbal Choices Marijuana Dispensary.  

Surveillance video at a North Bend sporting goods store appears to show Nicholson purchasing ammunition before leaving the area.

A manhunt across Lane County followed the truck’s discovery near Noti Friday afternoon.  It had been set on fire. 

So far, Nicholson has not been apprehended.  He’s described as a white man standing 6 feet, 2 inches, with short hair and weighing 200-lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans. 

He’s considered armed and dangerous.  Authorities warn that anyone seeing him should call 911 and avoid contact.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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