Over 4 years ago, Jonathan Peters, our son, brother, nephew and friend was reported missing. He was visiting Coos Bay, Oregon with his roommate Brian Campbell. They went there to help a friend named Matt Osborn who was sick and needed help because his landscaping business was falling behind. Jonathan’s body was found six months later in the woods near where he was last seen. We miss him so much and hope this blog may help to find out who is responsible for his brutal death.
In November 2005, Jonathan moved with Brian Campbell from Boise, Idaho to Eureka, California. One month later, Brian’s girlfriend, Carrisa, moved from Boise to live with them in California. The three of them were renting a house together while Brian and Carissa attended college and Jonathan looked for work.
On January 25th, 2006, Jonathan and Brian drove from Eureka to Coos Bay. Their friend, Matt and his family lived in a small house about four miles south of Coos Bay on Sumner Lane. Matt paid for Jonathan and Brian to stay in a yurt at a nearby state park (Sunset Bay State Park) for a few days while they helped him.
On the morning of January 27th, Jonathan and Brian went to Matt’s house to go to work. Shortly after they arrived, Jonathan went outside and was never seen again.
Brian called Jonathan’s mom, Debbie, to tell her that Jonathan walked-off. She asked Brian to look for him because she wanted to talk to him; she never was able to speak to Jonathan again.
Brian looked for Jonathan for a few hours and that afternoon called the Coos County Sheriff’s Office to report him missing. No one knew where Jonathan was. Brian returned to Eureka that day and didn’t hear from Jonathan again.
The sheriff’s office search and rescue team later checked the area but found no sign of Jonathan.
Jonathan's mom and his sister, Anna, spent the next five days looking for Jonathan. They posted missing person flyers from Coos Bay to Eureka.
On July 20, 2006, a survey crew doing some work in a wooded area a short distance (about 200 yards) from Matt’s house found human remains that were later identified as Jonathan. The medical examiner told us Jonathan died from “multiple sharp force injuries resulting from homicidal violence”. We can only imagine the pain Jonathan must have suffered at the hands of whoever killed him.
Jonathan was 27-years old when he died. He had so much life left ahead of him to live to its fullest. Our hearts have an emptiness that only those who have mysteriously lost a loved one may be able to understand.
On October 14, 2008, with the loss of her brother weighing heavily on her heart, Anna took her own life. She left behind a note which read that she wanted to be with brother and to spend the little money she had, on his murder case. It is our feeling that whoever murdered Jonathan is also responsible for Anna’s death and needs to be held accountable.
We hope these pictures and the tribute video will give you a glimpse of why we miss Jonathan so much. Can you help us find out who killed Jonathan? If you have any information that can help the police, please call the State Police in Coos Bay at (541) 888-2677 or leave your information here on our blog.