PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people face murder charges in connection with the death of 71-year-old Howard Vinge, whose body was found wrapped in material along Hwy 30 on Sept. 30.
The suspects, 37-year-old Christian Wilkins and 40-year-old Adeena Copell were found driving Vinge’s car in Flagstaff, Arizona. They were arrested in Arizona for Oregon charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and held on $150,000 bail.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for October 7.
Investigators believe Wilkins and Copell, both residents of Clatsop County, recently struck up a relationship with the victim, who had lived in the Agate Beach RV Park in Newport for 3 years.
According to a neighbor, Vinge recently allowed a man and woman to live with him there in exchange for help fixing up his motorhome and car.
Investigators believe a man and woman in a black car may have witnessed Wilkins and Copell disposing of Vinge’s body between September 21 and 27. They want those people to contact law enforcement at 503.325.2061.