Saturday, 20 October 2012

Whitney Heichel Case: Missing Oregon Woman's Body Found,

Gresham Police have arrested a man, identified as Jonathan Daniel Holt, who they say is responsible for the aggravated murder of 21-year-old Whitney Heichel. Investigators say they’ve also found the body of Heichel, ending a four-day search for the Gresham woman who went missing on her way to work. She was found Friday evening on Larch Mountain, a wooded area about 10 miles east of Gresham that has been the focus of search efforts since Thursday. Detectives have been searching the mountain for two days, saying tips led them to the location. Meanwhile, detectives received approximately 50 tips overnight Thursday including the location of Whitney's cell phone found in a Gresham field. The FBI, Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the investigation, with an estimated 40 to 50 detectives involved, Grandjean said. According to Gresham police, Heichel was last seen by her husband, Clinton Heichel, when she left her apartment in the 700 block of Southeast Mount Hood Highway. That was about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, and she was headed to her job at a Gresham Starbucks about five minutes from her home. Her husband reported her missing just before 10 a.m. Detectives later confirmed that her ATM card was used at a Troutdale gas station, located at Southeast 257th Avenue and Stark Street, at 9:14 a.m. Police have not disclosed if investigators believe the card was used by Heichel, or someone else. At about 11:17 a.m. Tuesday, family and friends distributing fliers discovered her black 1999 Ford Explorer sitting in a Walmart store parking lot at 23500 NE Sandy Blvd. in Wood Village. The passenger-side window was broken, Gresham police said.

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