Fugitive, friend used missing woman's ID
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001
A Missouri fugitive and his girlfriend traveled across the country using fake identification and credit cards in the name of a missing Oregon woman before the couple's murder-suicide at a picnic stop in southwest Florida, authorities said Thursday.
A nationwide hunt continues for Kimyala Henson, 21, of Portland, Ore., and her two young children. Investigators said they don't think she was with the couple when they reached Florida.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office said it continues to work with Portland police to find Henson and her daughters, Shaina A. Kirkpatrick, 2, and Shausha L. Henson, 4 months.
But sheriff's spokeswoman Tina Osceola also said the office is in touch with other agencies about possible reports of unidentified bodies between Oregon and Florida.
An autopsy found that Frank Lee Oehring, 28, shot Christine Noel Mayer, 24, once in the head with a rifle before turning the gun on himself, the Collier County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
The wounded Oehring and Mayer's body were discovered last Friday on a sleeping bag at a picnic area off U.S. 41 near Naples. The rifle was lying across Oehring's leg. Oehring died soon afterward at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Inside the couple's car, investigators found a fake Nevada identification card with Mayer's photo but in the missing woman's name. Mayer's signature on the ID matched those on receipts from Henson's credit cards also found in the car.
Oehring had been out of jail on bond on charges of trying to have his pregnant ex-wife strangled, police said. He and Mayer left town in his parents' car a day before his trial, set for March 7 in Bethany, Mo., the parents told detectives.
The couple arrived in Portland about April 2. Four days later they left with Henson and her children on a planned two-week road trip to California's Bay area and then to Canada.
Henson had known Mayer for about six years but had just met Oehring, said Steve Curtis Kirkpatrick, who lived with Henson and is the father of the two missing children.
The group planned to stop first in Alameda, Calif., Henson's birthplace, to get a copy of her birth certificate so she could travel to British Columbia, Kirkpatrick said.
Investigators said the birth certificate copy was found ripped in half in a trash can near the bodies at the rest stop.
Credit card charges indicate Oehring and Mayer drove through Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi before arriving in Florida, the Sheriff's Office said.
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