HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Steve Zdrantan’s worst fears came true Friday morning when he found his 24-year-old daughter Aimie dead in her apartment. Her boyfriend, Eric Christopher Petersen, is in custody on an unrelated charge, but there is little doubt in Steve’s mind who is responsible for her death.
“I know that justice will be served,” Zdrantan told KOIN 6 News. “I know my daughter suffered however long she suffered during that time, but I know she’s with the Lord and now she’s not suffering. That trauma is over.”
Aimie and Petersen had a daughter together three years ago. Steve said that prompted Aimie to want to grow up and leave behind the partying and the drinking. But, he said, Petersen was not ready to make the life changes Aimie made, and that created friction and anger in their relationship.
“He wasn’t the man he should have been in terms of providing,” Steve Zdrantan said. “There was a lot of lying and stealing and not supporting his family and preferring to party and not be the man he should have been and the father he should have been.”
Petersen was picked up in Clark County saturday. He’s being held on an unrelated legal matter.
Steve is relieved and thankful to the men and women in law enforcement that helped find Christopher Peterson and take him into custody.
“I saw what I saw finding her in her apartment and its been hard on me dealing with that, but to have them do that over and over again as a job it’s just overwhelming,” he said.
He said their daughter will live with him and start life over in a new home, new siblings, with positive guidance and support.
“Their child is 3-years-old in October,” he said. “She’s now without a mom and she’s also now without a dad.”
The investigation into the case continues.