An Oregon man has been charged with two cold-case murders that were committed more than two decades apart, the authorities said this week, noting that there may be more victims.
Investigators in Portland said they still had not found the remains of the first victim, Mark Dribin, who vanished in 1999. But they discovered the dismembered body of Kenneth Griffin, who disappeared in 2020, in a shed at the home of Christopher Lovrien in Southeast Portland when they went there to investigate the first case.
Mr. Lovrien, 53, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree abuse of a corpse and six counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, the authorities said.
On Thursday, he pleaded not guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
“Time will never stand in the way of justice,” Mike Schmidt, the Multnomah County district attorney, said in a statement on Wednesday announcing the charges against Mr. Lovrien.
did not have long-term stable housing, was not immediately available.
Investigators said they found no evidence that Mr. Lovrien, a metal fabricator, and the two murder victims knew one another. A motive for the killings, they said, remains unknown.
During a search of Mr. Lovrien’s home last year, the police said, they recovered two 9-millimeter pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a .357-caliber revolver and two .223-caliber rifles.
The case against Mr. Lovrien is among the latest breakthroughs for the science of genetic genealogy.
Genetic genealogy has been instrumental in identifying more than 40 suspects in languishing cold cases, most notably the so-called Golden State Killer in California.