PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Springfield Police Department confirmed Sunday a local woman reported missing had been taken captive by the man suspected of killing three people in North Bend on Friday.
Laura Johnson never returned to work after going on a lunch break Friday, according to police. She told investigators she was approached by a man in a parking lot when she was returning to her car. The man, later identified as 30-year-old Oen Evan Nicholson, then forced her to drive him to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, police said.
Missing Person: Laura Johnson of Springfield— Springfield PoliceOR (@SPDOregon) June 19, 2021
34 year old female, 5’1 tall, 280 lbs, with brown hair & brown eyes
Johnson was last seen June 18th, 2021 at 1230 hrs in the Gateway area. She was driving a black 2008 Honda CRV with Oregon License plate “708MGA”. pic.twitter.com/kr9XxLgstZ
Johnson was not harmed in the incident and is on her way back to Oregon.
Nicholson turned himself into police Sunday morning without incident. He is accused of shooting and killing his father and running over two people Friday near a casino in North Bend. One of those two people died; the other is critically injured. Authorities say he then shot and killed a third person outside of a cannabis shop.
The first of the three victims, the man who was killed at the RV Park where the rampage began, was identified as 83-year-old Charles Simms Nicholson — Oen’s father. Police said Oen then took his father’s white pickup and ran over Anthony Oyster, 74, and his wife Linda Oyster, 73. Anthony was pronounced dead at the scene while Linda remains in critical condition at a local hospital, according to the Coos Bay District Attorney’s Office.
Additionally, 47-year-old Jennifer L. Davidson of Coos Bay was identified as the person fatally shot in front of the dispensary following the fatal hit-and-run.
“Words fall short of describing the tragedy that took place on Friday and the ensuing events in Lane County, and we are all left incredibly shaken,” said North Bend Mayor Jessica Engelke Sunday. “This is something you hope never happens in your community, in the town you call home.”
The investigation remains open.