Left and Center: Jeremy circa, 1986
Right: Age Progressed to age 48
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: August 14, 1986
Missing From: Myrtle Point, Coos County, Oregon
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: May 25, 1972
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 6’0″ and 140 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Male, Brown hair, Green hair, Jeremy had a broken index finger at the time of his 1986 disappearance, he has scars on his forehead and nose, his feet were big for his age and he wore a size 13 shoe, and he has a mole located on his chin
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black windbreaker jacket, a red tank top, blue nylon shorts, and black Nike sneakers with red laces
NCMEC Number: 600424
Details of Disappearance
Jeremy Doland Bright was last seen in Myrtle Point, Oregon on August 14th 1986. On that day, Jeremy attended the Coos County Fair with his younger nine year old sister and a group of his friends. He and his sister separated at approximately 2:00 pm and agreed to meet at the Ferris wheel at 5:00 pm. His sister showed up but Jeremy never did. He has never been seen or heard from since.
In 1986, Jeremy lived in Grants Pass, Oregon but he grew up in Myrtle Point mad had various relatives that lived in the area. He and his sister were enjoying the fair and their stepfather agreed to take them there and spend the week so that the two could enjoy the festivities and activities. Jeremy has left all of his personal belongings behind including a watch he had brought recently prior to his disappearance. He also left his wallet behind.
On the day of his disappearance, he spoke to his mother and she said the conversation between the two was good and nothing seemed off.
There were several sightings of Jeremy in the local area in the days after he vanished. None of them were confirmed and authorities do not believe that Jeremy ran away because he was close to his sister and it would be uncharacteristic of him to leave her. He also did not take any extra cloths with him when he vanished.
Many rumors went around about his disappearance. Some of those rumors included him dying in a shorting accident in a target practice or while he was swimming in the Coquille River. Others were that he died of a drug overdose at a party and that his friends disposed of his body to avoid trouble. Non of these have been substantiated or proven to be true but authorities believe that Jeremy was killed on the day he vanished.
Authorities do have a person of interest in his case. His former baby sitter, Terry Lee Steinhoff, was not cooperative in the investigation. Some witnesses reported seeing him sitting in a truck with Jeremy on the night of August 14th. In January of 1988, Steinhoff stabbed and murdered a woman. He was found guilty of that crime and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He died while serving his sentence in 2007.
At the time of Jeremy’s disappearance, he was a basketball player and was looking forward to high school. His mother and stepfather were going through a divorce in 1986 and it may have somewhat troubled Jeremy as his grades had dropped the previous school year. However he was described as a popular and like able teenager who loved basketball as was looking forward to start his school year off.
Jeremy’s case is classified as an abduction due to lack of clues in his case. Authorities believe that Jeremy was the victim of a homicide. In August of 2011, his parents held a memorial service for him. Authorities and his mother believe that Jeremy’s remains are somewhere in Coos County. His case remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Coos County Sheriffs Office 541-396-3121