Two charged with murder in Helmlinger death

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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.

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  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I didn't know Chris but my husband did and he told me he was an outstanding young man. I hope the people responsible pay for the pain they have caused others by the loss of a good man.

    -- Posted by securry on Tue, Nov 3, 2009, at 4:35 PM
  • I lived in this same trailer court where they found his body. I didnt know something like this would happen in this place. But did shock me these 2 people lived here and you would think they wouldnt be the type would do anything. But guess it was wrong they did. I dont talk to much people here, mainly keep to ourself. But am glad they caught who did it. I will pray for the boy family and what they are going thru. From people i have talk to did know the guy and said he was a wonderful person and has a heart for others. God Bless and rest in peace.

    -- Posted by sapphirebabe1962 on Tue, Nov 3, 2009, at 5:54 PM
  • I had the pleasure of knowing chris and knew that he was a wonderful woung man. I am glad they caught the people who did this to him cause they took away a great person I belive that chris is now with god as he so greatfully believed in him

    Rest In Peace Chris.

    -- Posted by mcastillo on Wed, Nov 4, 2009, at 1:53 PM
  • I did not Know Chris or his family but I can symptize with them in the loss of a loved one.

    My thoughts and prayers are with them in this trying time. May God be with you. Rest in peace Chris.

    -- Posted by Dmatson on Wed, Nov 11, 2009, at 11:26 AM
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