Albany murder victim found dead in Marys Peak area

Police believe the murder was a case of domestic violence.

Posted: Jul 26, 2021 12:37 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2021 7:33 PM

ALBANY, Ore. – An arrest has been made after an Albany woman was found dead in the Marys Peak area in the past week.

James Loren Anderson, 34, has been arrested in connection with the death of Angela Nicole Christian, 33, in what police believe was an incidence of domestic violence.

Albany police officers responded to the 1300 block of Hood Street SE in Albany for a welfare check of Christian the morning of July 23.

Later, Anderson’s relatives filed a report that he had violated an active Linn County Circuit Court domestic violence release agreement. Anderson was contacted at his home in Blodgett.

At about 5 p.m., Christian’s family filed a missing person report with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Her father had checked inside her home and found what he believed to be evidence of a crime. Shortly after, Christian’s body was found in the Marys Peak area of rural Benton County.

Search warrants were served in Lincoln, Benton and Linn counties, and several agencies assisted with the investigation.

Anderson is in the Linn County Jail on charges of second-degree murder and contempt of court for violation of a no-contact order.

Christian's family is calling this a shock and tragic act of violence. It's a reminder that help is out there. The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) is a resource for those experiencing domestic violence of any kind in Linn and Benton counties.

The executive director, Kate Caldwell, said she only wishes she and her team could have helped Christian. 

"Our only hope would be that other people might see that they can get help," said Caldwell. 

The number for CARDV is 541-754-0110. Police say you can also contact the Call to Safety Crisis Line at 1-888-235-5333 or your local law enforcement agency.

If you have any information about Christian's murder, contact detectives at 541-917-3209. 

KEZI 9 News did reach out to Christian's family, but they will not be commenting at this time.

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