Two charged with murder in Helmlinger death
BERRYVILLE -- Melissa Davis, 37, and Evin Davis, Jr., 34, both of Berryville, are in custody facing capital murder charges in the death of 24-year-old Berryville resident Christopher Helmlinger, whose body was found in a shallow grave behind the Glen Echo Trailer Park in Berryville on Oct. 18.
According to a press release issued by the Berryville Police Department, the arrests are part of an ongoing investigation. Authorities say Melissa Davis was arrested Friday and charged with hindering apprehension and capital murder by accessory.
Those who know Melissa Davis say she lived at Glen Echo and was employed as a custodian at Berryville Schools, where she was initially hired in February.
A warrant for the arrest of Evin Davis, Jr., on a capital murder charge, was issued that same day, authorities say, and on Sunday, he turned himself in to the McAllen Police Department in Texas.
Police stressed that the investigation is ongoing, and it would like to thank the community for its assistance in the matter.
Helmlinger had been missing since late September and an investigation was launched by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office after his mother reported him missing.
He was last seen by family members Sept. 27 at his mother's Cedarvale home in Berryville after church that day, and he departed on foot that evening, believed to be walking to his grandmother's home in the Pension Mountain area south of town.
He was officially reported missing Oct. 4 by his mother when he didn't show up and hadn't been seen since.
Helmlinger's shallow grave was discovered Oct. 18 in a heavily-wooded area behind the Glen Echo Trailer Park on Hailey Road in Berryville.
At the time, police said a citizen out walking had come across what appeared to be "a strange mound" and contacted authorities.