This undated photo provided by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles/Portland Police Bureau shows Marcine Herinck, who was missing on Sept. 19, 2018, from her home in northeast Portland, Ore. The Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting a confirmation of a body found in the trunk of a car driven by Timothy Mackley to determine whether it is Herinck. Mackley, a convicted sex offender, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge after authorities said he killed the 89-year-old woman and stuffed her in the trunk of his car. (Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles/Portland Police Bureau via AP)
PORTLAND, Ore. – A convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the murder of an 89-year-old Oregon woman who has been missing for a week before a body shall be deemed to be her was found in his trunk.
Timothy Mackley, 58, appeared in a court in Portland and waived his right to a possible cause hearing. His court-appointed lawyer, Kathleen Dunn, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mackley Monday was arrested when the police found a body in his trunk during a traffic stop, Portland police Sgt. Christopher Burley said.
The body is “likely” that of Marcine Herinck, who was missing on Sept. 19 from her home, Burley said in a statement.
The police are awaiting a confirmation on the body of the identity of the Oregon medical examiner.
Court documents submitted after Wednesday’s hearing show prosecutors have brought Mackley with her murder.
Herinck, a grandmother who regularly attend the church and as a volunteer at a thrift shop, lived independently despite some memory problems, police have said.
She was brought home the evening of Sept. 18 and disappeared the next day.
Her bag was found on the kitchen floor, a cup of coffee in the microwave, her garage and front doors were open, and the clothes she wore the night before were on her bed the day she disappeared, KGW-TV reported, citing a family account.
Search and rescue crews days to find her — making repeated pleas to the public for tips — until the police on Monday developed new information that suggested foul play, and be in Mackley direction, Burley said.
On the basis of that information, the police stopped Mackley the car and found the body, ” he said.
No additional details were released, and Burley not return a call seeking further comment.
Mackley is a convicted sex offender who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and sodomy in Multnomah County and was sentenced to prison in 1989, court records show. He was arrested in 2009 for failure to register as a sex offender, records show.
He also has previous misdemeanor convictions in the state of Washington of the 1980s, according to court paperwork filed as part of his bail review.
Mackley told judicial officials in Oregon that he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and lives on disability payments of less than $1,000 per month, court records show.
He volunteered driving people to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in his spare time, he told the court officers.
The most recent address listed for Mackley is less than two miles (3.2 kilometers) from where Herinck lived.
“It is very, very worrying for us,” Jeff Herinck Sr., her son, told The Oregonian/OregonLive after the hearing. “She was a wonderful person.”
A breast cancer patient support organization called Breast Friends of Oregon said on its Facebook page that Herinck came each year to the survivors ‘ lunch and stood proudly as recognized as the organization of the longest surviving of cancer.
The group will be a moment of silence for Herinck at the next meal, the post said.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the day of Mackley’s arrest. He was arrested on Monday.
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