Priest River man charged with kidnapping, assault and murder

Bradley Michael Leader

On August 19, Eveline Ursula Pederson, 66, Priest River, was reported missing by longtime partner Joseph Clark. She was reported to have been last seen by Clark on August 17 at their home, and was believed to have left the property to clean cabins in the Priest Lake area.

On August 21, detectives were following up on leads, which directed them to search for Pederson in a remote area north of Priest River. With the assistance of a Bonner County Sheriff’s Volunteer Search and Rescue cadaver dog, Pederson’s body was discovered.

Further investigation led to the arrest of 67-year-old Bradley Michael Leader, Priest River. Leader was booked into the Bonner County Jail and charged with second degree murder, second degree kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Leader was living on the property with Pederson and Clark at the time of the murder.

No further information will be released at this time.


Eveline Ursula Pederson