The body of Whitney Heichel, the pretty, 21-year-old Starbucks barista, has been found; and a neighbor who lived in the same apartment building as her, Jonathan Holt, 24, has been arrested and is currently under investigation for aggravated murder. Heichel disappeared this week in Gresham, Oregon at some point during the five minute drive from her home to work. Her cell phone was found on Thursday in the bushes at a nearby apartment complex by a group of playing children. The phone contained text messages to Heichel asking her if she was okay. And now, police announced in a news conference last night, that they discovered her body on Larch Mountain, a remote, forested area.
As we reported a few days ago, Heichel's SUV was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot with the passenger side window smashed in. A short time before then, her ATM card was used at a nearby gas station. Detectives began searching Larch Mountain on Wednesday, where her body was found, as they believed her vehicle was driven there.
Jonathan Holt was interviewed by authorities on both Wednesday and Thursday before being arrested last night. According to Police Chief Craig Junginger, there were "many inconsistencies" in his interviews. There was also crime lab evidence received Friday morning that reportedly tied him to Heichel’s car.
To say that this story gets more shocking and horrifying by the minute is an understatement. If Holt did do this, clearly he was planning it for some time. If he's found guilty, he obviously was watching Whitney, waiting for her to leave for work the day she went missing.
Jim Vaughn, a family spokesman, said in a statement: "Really, words can’t begin to express the sadness that our families are experiencing tonight. Whitney was a very loving person. She was warm, she was kind, she was everything you would want in a friend, relative, spiritual fellow worshipper." He also asked for privacy during this time, as, understandably, their "loss and heartache is too much to bear right now."
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Image via Find Whitney Heichel