On 08/14/15 at approximately 3:00 pm, LCSO Deputies responded with BLM Law Enforcement Officers to Siuslaw River Rd and Whitaker Creek area due to suspicious behavior by the two listed adults in the campground and recreational areas. On attempting to make contact on a traffic stop, the listed vehicle fled on three different encounters with deputies attempting to stop the vehicle. Inside the vehicle were an adult male driver, adult female and two small children. The driver was fleeing at very high rates of speed in the Siuslaw River Rd area of Walton; deputies opted not to pursue due to the small children in the car. The driver was identified as Justin Mark Pederson and female was his girlfriend, Koda Marie Ellis.
An extensive canvas of the area south to Lorane, Wolf Creek and in the Veneta and Noti areas was done, as well as a check of all known sources of friends and relatives have been searched for the four persons. Their whereabouts and welfare are unknown.
Any information as to their whereabouts or where to locate them can be directed to Deputy Marvin Combs.
On 08/17/2015 about 11:26 AM, deputies responded to an address in Eugene where it was reported the two juvenile children were located. Deputies confirmed that the two children (5 year old male & 3 year old female) are safe with their mother and are not ‘Endangered or Missing.’
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for Koda Marie Ellis for a welfare check and Justin Pederson is still outstanding.
DETAILS OF CASE:
CASE #: 15-5218
NATURE OF STORY: Vehicle pursuit-Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering
LOCATION: Siuslaw River Rd, milepost 1.5, Walton, OR
SUSPECT: Pederson, Justin Mark – 35 year old Veneta area resident.
Endangered and possibly missing: Ellis, Koda Marie– 23 year old Veneta Resident
INVOLVED VEHICLE: 1994 Honda Accord 4 door, flat black with red wheels,
Possibly missing plate or displaying OR lic# 748BRC