Ryan Michael Eldred

JoCo murder suspect caught, but woman still on the lam

A second man suspected in the murder of a Northern California man near Selma over the summer is now behind bars, but a woman believed to be involved is still on the loose.

Damian Lee "Bubba J" Atwood, 19, was arrested in Cave Junction Tuesday on a murder warrant in the June death of 22-year-old John Reitterer of Crescent City, California, according to a release issued by Oregon State Police.

Details as to how Reitterer died have not been released, but Atwood is the second suspect to be accused of his murder. Reitterer was found dead in a shallow creek at the Snail Back Beach Trail near the Illinois River, according to previous news reports.

Atwood was arrested Tuesday at an address in the 600 block of Daisy Hill Lane in Cave Junction, according to Josephine County Jail records, where he is being held without bail on the murder charge, and for violating his probation on a prior Josephine County second-degree burglary conviction.

A second suspect, Ryan Michael Eldred, 22, remains in the Josephine County Jail without bail on a murder charge following his arrest in Coupeville, Washington, last month. Eldred made his initial appearance Dec. 29. Eldred's next appearance is set for Feb. 28, records show.

A third suspect still outstanding is Elizabeth Devine Hudson, 22, known to frequent the Cave Junction area using the nickname "Little Red."

Anyone with information as to Hudson’s whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police dispatchers at 541-664-4600.


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