Murder Suspect Refuses To Be Extradited To Oregon

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) - A man authorities believe to be involved in the death of 23-year-old Michelle Ashlee Dickson is fighting extradition to Oregon, where the woman's body was discovered beneath the state's tallest bridge.

Twenty-seven-year-old Josiah Miller is facing charges in Curry County, Ore. for abuse of a corpse but authorities are investigating Dickson's death as a homicide.

Miller, or Arcata, was arrested on July 24, the same day Dickson's body was found beneath the Thomas Creek Bridge in Oregon. The Del Norte County sheriff's office says Miller was the last person known to have seen Dickson - the two were acquaintances - and that tests are being conducted on blood evidence found in his car.

Miller is being held on the current charges while the homicide investigation continues. Investigators from both states are also waiting for evidence from cell phone records that would help determine where Dickson and Miller were on the evening Dickson disappeared.

Information from: Times-Standard,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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