An Oregon traffic stop turned into a gruesome discovery after police say they found the body of an 89-year-old missing woman inside the trunk of a registered sex offender.
Timothy Joseph Mackley, 58, was already identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of Marcine Herinck, who was reported missing Sept. 19, according to police in Portland.
Police initially didn't think Herinck's disappearance involved foul play but on Monday detectives located additional information that suggested a crime did take place, according to authorities. At that point, police identified Mackley as a person of interest. The very same day, police pulled over Mackley in his Toyota Camry. They said they found Herinck's body in the trunk of the vehicle.
Mackley is a registered Level 3 sex offender who was convicted of sodomy and sex abuse back in 1999. He has been charged with murder in Herinck's death, which he pleaded not guilty to in court on Wednesday. During that court appearance, Mackley reportedly rolled his eyes and turned his back to the judge, according to the Oregonian.
He’s being held without bail.
Herinck was last seen walking on a golf course a day before she was reported missing. She lived alone and had “some memory issues,” according to police. She was known for always wearing a skirt and for volunteering at a food pantry.
Investigators think Mackley killed her sometime between Sept. 18 and Sept. 24., according to KOIN in Portland. Her exact cause of death has not been released, but according to police, the state medical examiner "has determined the victim died of homicidal violence."
During a Wednesday prayer service held for Herinck, Pastor Chris Blair said that he and others “struggle with grief. We struggle with the anger. We struggle with the emotions we're going through.”
On Tuesday, Herinck’s family thanked “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.”
[Photos: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Department]