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Mourners remember Marcine Herinck as ‘one of a kind’

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A prayer service was held at the Crossroads Church in Northeast Portland for Marcine Herinck, the missing 89-year-old whose body was likely found in the trunk of a car Monday night.

“Marcine is with God,” Pastor Chris Blair said to those who gathered to remember her Wednesday evening. “We struggle with grief. We struggle with the anger. We struggle with the emotions we’re going through.”

While those emotions may vary from person to person — one thing was universal — Marcine Herinck left behind a legacy of love. 

“When I met Marcine, she was the most beautiful person ever,” one loved one said. “So I’ll have her in my heart and memory. All I can say is she was one of a kind.” 

She always thought of others when things got tough.

“When my husband was dying of cancer, she sends him a book and a card to cheer him up and to encourage him,” another mourner said. 

Some who hardly knew her said she made a difference.

“I felt honored just to know her a little. I know she’s up there with Jesus and I think that’s what’s going to get me through this.”

“She left is a wonderful example and left us a wonderful life,” Blair said. 

Herinck was last seen walking west on Northeast Glisan near the Glendoveer Golf Course around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

On Wednesday, Portland police said she was ‘likely’ found in the trunk of a Toyota Camry driven by Timothy Mackley. The 58-year-old man was arrested during a traffic stop Monday night and charged with murder.

Her death was ruled a homicide, but how she died has not been revealed.

Ms. 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 Timothy Mackley — who lived less than a mile away from Ms. Herinck and the thrift store —  had been shopping at that store while she was working there. He was arrested and charged with murder and entered a not guilty plea at his first court appearance Wednesday.

Court records show prosecutors believe Mackley killed Ms. Herinck sometime between September 18 and September 24.

“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.”

The family of Marcine Herinck as well as a search group dedicated to finding her both made the announcement 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 will continue to follow this story

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