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Murder suspect charged in case of missing Shady Cove woman

Shane Ryan Michael Wayman, indicted for murder Thursday in the death of his roommate, 20-year-old Destiny Finch of Shady Cove, is now being implicated in the disappearance of Malina Nickel, a woman who has been missing since 2016.

Wearing a jail-issued anti-suicide garment, Wayman was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Friday on two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and one count of second-degree abuse of a corpse in the Nickel case.

Deputy District Attorney Lucy Durst said in a news release that Jackson County sheriff's deputies and the county's Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit have found what they believe are remains of Nickel, a Shady Cove woman missing since Nov. 23, 2016.

According to Wayman's Facebook page, Nickel was his aunt.

The Oregon State Police Lab will confirm whether bones police found are human. If so, the lab will attempt to determine an identity through DNA testing, Durst said in the release.

The charges allege Wayman "unlawfully and knowingly" withheld "necessary and adequate medical attention" from Nickel in two instances on Nov. 23, 2016, according to a document filed by the District Attorney's office Friday morning.

At the hearing, Wayman's court-appointed defense lawyer entered not guilty pleas and asked for a week's time to investigate facts behind the charges.

Wayman's next hearing was set for Friday, Nov. 22.

Nickel was reported missing by her parents after she didn't show up for her shift at Subway. Her white 2002 Ford Explorer was found abandoned at the post office outside of Trail. At the time, eyewitnesses reported seeing an unidentified male walking away from the car and getting a ride to a gas station.

Nickel, who would be 32 now, left behind two children.

Finch was reported missing by a family member Monday evening. When deputies responded to the home on Brophy Way shared by Finch, her fiance, Wayman and one other man, they found evidence of an assault, the sheriff's office said Wednesday. Around noon Tuesday, several hours after arresting Wayman, deputies found Finch's body in the woods in Douglas County near Highway 227.

Wayman remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

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Photo courtesy of Chloe WalDestiny Finch