PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — 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 made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon and pleaded not guilty.
Court records show prosecutors believe Mackley, a convicted sex offender, killed Herinck sometime between September 18 and September 24.
Herinck’s family members were in court and crying during the short appearance.
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.
Investigators said they believe the woman is 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.
When the search for 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” Herinck, in the trunk, authorities said.
Herinck, who lived by herself, suddenly disappeared from her home last week after she was dropped off by a family member. She had worked that day, September 18, at her longtime volunteer job at a nearby thrift store on Northeast Halsey.
KOIN 6 News learned Mackley — who lived less than a mile away from Herinck and the thrift store — had been shopping at that store while she was working there.
“It’s a terrible loss, a tragedy, it’s overwhelming to comprehend,” said the thrift store manager Tim Zollbrecht. “I feel for the family and friends who were part of that circle of friends.”
Thrift store where Marcine Herinck volunteered overwhelmed by news she was founded dead in car trunk-suspect arrested #koin6news pic.twitter.com/DtaC9PAbBU— Lisa Balick (@lisabKOIN) September 26, 2018
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.
He’s been convicted of 3 felonies, 2 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.
KOIN 6 News will update this story as events develop.