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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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