A 21-year-old woman’s body found dead on a remote forested mountain gave a dreadful answer to the family, friends and church members who worked so hard to find out what happened to her.
In this regard, the search for missing barista Whitney Heichel, came to a close Friday night when police found her body and arrested a neighbor in connection with her death. But it remained unclear, what information led police to a neighbor and acquaintance who quickly emerged as a suspect in her death last week.
Jonathan Holt 24, of Gresham, a resident of the apartment complex where Whitney Heichel lived with her husband, was arrested for investigation of aggravated murder Friday night, about the same time her body was found on Larch Mountain, east of Gresham.
After conducting DNA and fingerprints and conducting three interviews over three days, police arrested Jonathan Holt, 24, of Gresham, for investigation of aggravated murder, the chief said.
However, the murder suspect lived in the same apartment complex as Whitney and her husband, Clint. It was her husband Clint who first called police about his missing wife when she never made it work Tuesday morning. Upon investigation, police discovered that her ATM card had been used at a local gas station.
Meanwhile, Whitney Heichel’s family released the following statement regarding the loss of their daughter. We are profoundly devastated by the loss of Whitney Heichel. She was a loved and valued member of our faith. No words can express the pain and agony her family and friends are undergoing as we cope with the bewildering loss of Whitney.