PPB: Driver charged with murder of 89-year-old woman
Marcine Herinck, an 89-year-old woman missing from her Northeast Portland home since Sept. 19, is believed to be the body found in the trunk of a car stopped by police Monday night.
The driver of that Toyota Camry, Timothy Mackley, was arrested and charged with murder after a woman's body was found in his car. The 58-year-old is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
Mackley was driving in the 9200 block of SE Holgate Boulevard Monday night when police pulled him over for a traffic stop. Police then spotted the woman's body inside the car.
"The driver and the deceased person were the only occupants in the vehicle," a police spokesperson said.
Investigators now say they believe the woman to be Ms. Herinck, who was reported missing last week. An autopsy listed the woman's death as a homicide, though the manner in which she died has not been released.
Mackley is being held without bail. His court appearance is set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Multnomah County.
When the search for Ms. Herinck began, investigators did not suspect foul play. However as the case continued, "additional information" indicated there was foul play. Mackley was identified as a person of interest.
Officer stopped Mackley's Camry Monday night and found the body, "likely" Ms. Herinck, in the trunk, authorities said.
Court documents show Mackley, whose listed address is in Southeast Portland, has lived in the area for 20 years. He's lived at that location for about a year and was described as "not that responsible."
That document also shows he told police he's been diagnosed as bipolar with schizophrenia and is currently taking medication.
Mackley's been convicted of three felonies, two misdemeanors and one parole violation on crimes that date back to 1989. In that year, he was convicted of sexual abuse, sentenced to 5 years and ordered to spend time in a mental health facility.
He was arrested and convicted in 2009 and again in 2014 for theft.
Herinck was last seen walking west on Northeast Glisan near the Glendoveer Golf Course around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Her family and a search group dedicated to finding her both made the announcement of her death Tuesday in Facebook posts.
The search group "Finding Missing Person Marcine Herinck" said, "It is with deepest sorrow that we share with you that the beloved Marcine has been found and is no longer with us. On behalf of the family, we would like to thank all those that spent countless hours searching and praying to bring her home. Marcine will be remembered for her soft, gentle spirit and the life she lived dedicated to others. Thank you for your love, support, and continued prayers. Please respect the family's request for privacy at this time."
The family has since deleted their Facebook post.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. This story will be updated when more information is available.