Jeremy Doland Bright

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Jeremy, circa 1986;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 41 (circa 2013)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 14, 1986 from Myrtle Point, Oregon
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: May 25, 1972
  • Age: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Jeremy has a mole on his chin. He has scars on his forehead and nose. His feet are exceptionally large; his shoe size is 13. Jeremy's left index finger was broken at the time of his disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black windbreaker jacket, a red tank top, blue nylon shorts and black Nike sneakers with red laces.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jeremy attended the Coos County Fair in Oregon with his sister and a group of his friends on August 14, 1986. He became separated from them sometime that evening. Jeremy was supposed to pick up his sister at 5:00 p.m., but he never did. He disappeared during the course of the evening and has never been seen again.

    Jeremy lived in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1986, but he had grown up in Myrtle Point and had many relatives living there. He and his younger sister enjoyed the fair and their stepfather agreed to take them there for the week so they could go to the festivities. He spoke to his mother on a pay phone on the day of his disappearance, and she stated their conversation was normal.

    There were several possible sightings of Jeremy in the local area in the days following his disappearance, but none of them were confirmed. He was a basketball player in 1986, and was looking forward to starting high school. Many rumors circulated about his disappearance: that he was accidentally shot during target practice or while swimming in the Coquille River, or that he died of a drug overdose at a party and his friends disposed of his body to avoid possible legal consequences. None of these stories have been substantiated, but the Coos County Sheriff believes he died the day he was last seen.

    Authorities do not believe Jeremy left of his own accord. He was close to his sister and it would have been uncharacteristic of him to abandon her, and he did not take his wallet or extra clothes when he went missing. His mother and stepfather were going through a divorce in 1986 and he may have been somewhat troubled as a result; his grades dropped during the school year prior to his disappearance. However, he was described as a popular, likeable teenager and a star basketball player who was looking forward to the start of the school year.

    Terry Lee Steinhoff is considered a person of interest in Jeremy's disappearance; he is Jeremy's former babysitter and Jeremy was last seen with him in a truck. In January 1988, Steinhoff stabbed a woman to death. He pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Steinhoff died in prison in 2007.

    Due to the lack of evidence in Jeremy's case, it is classified as a non-family abduction and a potential homicide. His family believes he's deceased and they held a memorial service for him in August 2011, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his disappearance. Jeremy's mother thinks his body is somewhere in Coos County. His case is unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Coos County Sheriff's Office
    541-396-3121

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    NewsLibrary
    The Doe Network
    The World Link
    The Bend Bulletin
    NamUs

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 3, 2014; distinguishing characteristics, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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