OSP seeks help identifying how triple murder suspect got from Noti to Springfield

Did you or someone you know give North Bend murder suspect Oen Nicholson a ride to Springfield on Friday? OSP is looking for answers.

Posted: Jun 22, 2021 1:02 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2021 6:33 PM

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Oregon State Police is requesting the public’s assistance with the triple murder investigation in Coos County.

According to OSP, suspect Oen Nicholson, 30, crashed the vehicle he was driving along Highway 126 near Noti in Lane County. He reportedly set the vehicle on fire and ran in to the woods.

It's believed that Nicholson obtained a ride from someone in the Noti area to Springfield, where he allegedly kidnapped Laura Johnson. However, authorities have yet to clarify this part of the timeline and identify who may have given Nicholson a ride.

Nicholson is accused of killing Jennifer Davidson, 47, Charles Nicholson, 83 and Anthony Oyster, 74, in North Bend before the kidnapping in the Gateway area. At last check, Linda Oyster, 73, is in fair condition.

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If you have any information or if you gave Nicholson a ride from Noti to Springfield, OSP asks that you contact them at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and leave information regarding OSP Case #SP21-168713.

KEZI spoke to Katie Thompson, a friend of Jennifer Davidson, on Tuesday.

“It’s a weird feeling to be connected to something like that in some way," Thompson said. "It’s never super pleasing to find out that something like that happened."

Thompson said the first thing she thought about was Davidson's son and shared he and his mother had a very close relationship.

She said Davidson was encouraging, motherly and friendly to everyone she met.

“She was always wanting to know what was going on and how are you doing and all that of that," Thompson said. "She really did not care about herself a whole lot when it came to the daily aspect of things. You never really saw her struggle a whole lot. She was always so worried about everybody else and checking in with everybody else to make sure they’re okay."

A prayer ceremony was held by the Coquille Indian Tribe Tuesday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Mill Casino Hotel’s fire pit for anyone who was affected by these tragedies.

RELATED: TRIBE PLANS PRAYER CEREMONY FOR MURDER VICTIMS

Margaret Simpson is the general manager of The Mill Casino and a member of the tribe.

“The tragic events that happened on the Coquille Indian Tribe's land has devastated our community,” Simpson said. “We are grieving with everyone that has been affected."

She said staff moved quickly into action when the devastating moments took place.

“Our hearts are with those that have been affected by this tragic event,” Simpson said. “We will continue to do our part in supporting the healing of our community. And tonight, we will be opening our hearts as Coquille people to share our hearts, to share our spirits and to grieve with the community. We are with all of you.”

Royce Savoy worked with Laura Johnson for six months.

“She was a very good kind-natured person -- soft spoken and very easy to get along with,” Savoy said. “You feel very calm in her presence. I without a doubt believe the story of her abduction. She is also, because of who she is, very capable of talking sense into someone or in this case convincing this individual to turn himself in.”

Stay with KEZI 9 News for the latest updates.

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