Friends, family redouble efforts in search for missing elderly woman in Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Family and friends are redoubling their efforts as they search for Marcine Herinck, an elderly woman who was last seen Tuesday night in her Northeast Portland home.

A group of people walked up and down NE Glisan and NE Halsey streets on Sunday afternoon, posting flyers and searching for clues. They met with community members at Crossroads Church earlier in the day. Herinck attended the church weekly.

Herinck, 89, disappeared Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Her daughter-in-law, Lilly Herinck, was the last person to see her after dropping her off at home.

“She was so excited because I got her favorite coconut cream pie,” Lilly said. “As I left, I always check the door and the garage. She always waves out the window so I know she is safe.”

Jeff Herinck, Marcine’s son, drove to her house Wednesday morning but found the home empty. He says the garage door was open. The front door was open too, but the screen was still locked. Jeff said her cell phone, purse, and keys were all still in the kitchen. There was a full cup of coffee sitting cold in the microwave.

“I just feel something has happened to her,” said Jeff. “I just feel like she was taken, I really do. I felt that from the first. I hope it's not the truth. Things just didn't add up when we got there.”

Family say Herinck has slight dementia and doesn’t drive. They say she was fine on Tuesday and it’s out of character for her to leave home by herself.

“She's really fun. She's also really funny. She's the kind of person that always says yes, and that's really nice,” said Makaila Herinck, Marcine’s great-granddaughter. “I really want her to come home.”

Multnomah County Search and Rescue searched the golf course, while the MCSO Dive Team searched the ponds on property. Police say they found nothing of interest.

“At this time in the investigation, there is nothing that suggests foul play,” said Sgt. Chris Burley, a spokesperson for PPB.

Anyone who has information about Herinck or locates her should immediately call 911. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797 or

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