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A neighbor reportedly heard 30 minutes of screaming from the area of the victim's home the day she was killed.

Posted: Jul 27, 2021 2:23 PM

ALBANY, Ore. – New details are emerging about the murder of an Albany woman found dead in the Marys Peak area on Friday.

James Loren Anderson, 34, of Blodgett, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Angela Nicole Christian, 33, in what police believe was an incidence of domestic violence. 

Back in June, Anderson was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Christian. He was charged with fourth-degree domestic assault, strangulation and menacing. He was released from the Linn County Jail on a conditional no contact order agreement.

However, according to new court documents, Anderson reportedly admitted to family and authorities that he violated that order shortly before Christian was found dead.

Christian’s mother, who lives in Grande Ronde, said she last saw her daughter July 20. The morning of Thursday, July 22, Christian reportedly “called in” sick to her supervisor by text, and when her supervisor attempted to call her, he received excuses via text why she could not talk. Her mother indicated to authorities that this was odd and unlike her daughter.

At around the same time, roughly 7:30 a.m., a neighbor reportedly heard a woman screaming in the area of Christian’s home for 30 minutes. The neighbor said the screaming sounded like someone in distress.

The murder reportedly happened sometime on July 22, but Christian's body wasn’t found until the day after, when Anderson led authorities to her body.

On Friday, authorities followed up on a tip from Anderson’s father, Bob, who said his son had violated his no-contact order and had been with Christian in the Marys Peak area. His son reportedly called him from the area on Thursday asking for a ride, as he had been drinking.

Bob also told authorities that his son had told him Christian had committed suicide by driving off the road and was worried police would think he had something to do with it. When Anderson was back home, he reportedly grabbed his father’s rifle and threatened to kill himself if his father called the police. He said he would be given a life sentence if he talked to the police, according Bob’s statement.

A welfare check was conducted at Christian’s home in Albany Friday morning, but no contact was made, which is when they reached out to her workplace and her family.

Authorities then reached out to Anderson, who told them Christian had picked him up in Philomath at about 11 a.m. on July 22 and they headed to Marys Peak. He claimed that he got out of the car to urinate, made a rude statement, and Christian drove away. In his initial report, he said he walked down the mountain, hoping to get a ride to his father’s place. The friend who picked him up said he drove him to Christian’s home where he picked up his vehicle, and Anderson was reportedly acting strangely quiet.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office learned of the missing person report at about 4 p.m. on Friday and arrived to Anderson’s home in Blodgett and detained him. After telling them Christian had committed suicide, Anderson agreed to go with the detectives to locate the body in the Marys Peak area.

At about 8 p.m. on Friday, officers responded to Christian’s home, where they found her father, who was concerned about his daughter. He said he found blood inside the home and believed something had happened to her.

Christian’s body was found outside her white 2000 Cadillac Deville in a very remote area off the main road, Marys Peak Road. Anderson was taken to jail at that time.

Authorities said Christian had suffered injuries to her head and face before death. And authorities said Anderson’s right hand was abnormally swollen compared to his left and said Anderson is right-handed.

Anderson has been charged with second-degree murder, fourth-degree assault, menacing, harassment, second-degree disorderly conduct and contempt of court.

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