When the East Precinct officer stopped a car on S.E. Holgate Boulevard in Lents on Monday evening, September 24, there was a body inside the car. And the driver, Timothy J. Mackley, was arrested.
Subsequently, the Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the deceased woman discovered in the Toyota Camry, and determined that she died of homicidal violence.
Based on information learned during this investigation, detectives believe the deceased person inside that Toyota Camry is most likely 89-year-old Marcine Herinck, who was reported missing last week.
This investigation began on the morning of Wednesday, September 19, 2018, when East Precinct officers responded to a report that Marcine Herinck was missing from her home in the 1500 block of N.E. 150th Avenue.
During the initial investigation into the disappearance of Ms. Herinck, no signs of foul play were found, and a search was initiated. The Police Bureau requested assistance from Multnomah County Search and Rescue (SAR). During the search, investigators, family members, and volunteers searched the neighborhood near Ms. Herinck's home, as well as the grounds and ponds at Glendoveer Golf Course, nearby at 14015 N.E. Glisan Street.
On Monday, September 24, 2018, detectives located additional information that suggested foul play may indeed have been involved in Ms. Herinck's disappearance. Once this information was learned, detectives identified 58-year-old Timothy J. Mackley as a person of interest in the investigation. During the investigation into Mackley's involvement into Ms. Herinck's disappearance, officers stopped the Toyota Camry driven by Mackley and found Ms. Herinck's body in the trunk of the vehicle.
At this time members with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detail continue to gather information to positively identify the deceased person located in the Toyota Camry driven by Mackley.
The Police Bureau recognizes the importance of providing accurate information as well as information in a timely fashion, however, the process to identify the victim in this case has been complicated. The Bureau will provide an update once the victim has been positively identified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.
The Harinck family has requested privacy at this time.