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Body of missing woman found, neighbor arrested

After more than three days of searching, police have found the body of a missing Gresham woman and arrested a neighbor for her murder, police announced Friday night.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Jonathan Daniel Holt, 24, was arrested Friday evening for the aggravated murder of 21-year-old Whitney Heichel, who had been missing for more than three days.

Jonathan Daniel Holt, 24, of Gresham faces an allegation of aggravated murder in the killing of Whitney Heichel.

Heichel, 21, disappeared at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, after leaving her apartment to go to her 7 a.m. shift at a Starbucks just two minutes away. She never made it.

Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger described Holt as an acquaintence who lives in the same complex, the Heatherwood Apartments, in the 700 block of Southeast Mount Hood Highway.

Detectives identified Holt as a possible suspect on Wednesday, Oct. 17, the same day members of Heichel's church found a license plate and other items on Larch Mountain.

Police also recovered some of Heichel's personal belonging in a Dumpster at the Wood Village Wal-Mart where her car was abandoned at 11:14 a.m. Tuesday.

Heichel's family, including her husband Clint, were notified of the arrest and the discover of her body on Friday night.

"And as you can imagine this was tragic news for them," Junginger said.

Jim Vaughn, a family spokesman, asked for privacy in order for the family to grieve.

"Our loss and hearache is too much to bear right now."




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