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Oregon State Police seeks help from the public in Coos County murders

Police are still putting the full story together after Oen Nicholson allegedly killed three people in North Bend before kidnapping Laura Johnson and forcing her to driving to Wisconsin.

Posted: Jun 22, 2021 12:58 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2021 5:47 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. — Oregon State Police is looking for one piece of the puzzle that remains missing after 30-year-old Oen Nicholson allegedly killed three people in North Bend and forced a woman to drive him halfway across the country.

After the homicides in Coos County, OSP said that Nicholson traveled along Highway 126 near Noti in Lane County, where he ditched his vehicle. Though he is believed to have resurfaced in Springfield before approaching 34-year-old Laura Johnson outside of her work, investigators are still trying to piece together what happened in between.

"It is believed that Nicholson obtained a ride from someone in the Noti area to Springfield where Laura Johnson was abducted and taken to Wisconsin," OSP said in a statement.

Nicholson was arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday morning, with officials indicating that he surrendered willingly. Johnson was found safe and returned to her home in Oregon.

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with information or that might have given Nicholson a ride from Noti to Springfield to contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and leave information regarding OSP Case # SP21-168713.

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