Police: Body found in car with high-risk sex offender believed to be missing woman
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Police Bureau presumptively identified the woman found dead inside a car during a traffic stop Monday night as 89-year-old Marcine Herinck.
Herinck was last seen Sept. 19 in her Northeast Portland home.
Police said officers conducted a traffic stop Tuesday night near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Holgate Boulevard. Inside the vehicle, they found a woman's body and the driver.
A medical examiner determined the woman died of homicidal violence and police arrested the driver, 58-year-old Timothy J. Mackley, on a murder charge. He was booked in the Multnomah County Jail.
Mackley is currently listed as a level-three sex offender in the state of Oregon. He spent 20 years in prison for a 1988 conviction of several counts of sodomy.
Herinck 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.
Family said Herinck had slight dementia and doesn’t drive. They said she was fine on Tuesday and it was out of character for her to leave home by herself.
Oh Monday, detectives found additional information that suggested foul play was involved in Herinck's disappearance. After they learned this information, they identified Mackley as a person of interest in the investigation.
This led officers to stop Mackley while he was driving Tuesday night. They found Herinck's body in the trunk of his vehicle.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detail are still working to positively identify the body. They say the process to identify the victim in this case has been complicated.
Anyone with information about the suspect or this homicide should contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762 or Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.