Whitney Heichel Case: Jonathan Holt Arrested in Missing Oregon Woman's Death

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The search for missing Whitney Heichel, 21, has come to a close. Police located her body and arrested a neighbor, Jonathan Holt, 24, in connection with her death.

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Police reportedly found Whitney Heichel's body on Larch Mountain, a 40-minute drive up winding roads from the Starbucks barista's home in Gresham, Oregon.

Authorities arrested an acquaintance and neighbor, after a series of interviews reportedly didn't add up and they found his fingerprints and DNA in her recovered car.

"Really words can't begin to express the sadness that our families are experiencing tonight," family spokesman Jim Vaughn said following the discovery of the body.

Heichel, 21, was reported missing on Tuesday morning when she did not show up at 7:30 for work at Starbucks, which was just a five minute drive from her home.

Not long after, her car was found in a Walmart parking lot with its passenger side window shattered. Her husband, Clinton, reported her missing at 10 a.m.

"I called her several times," Clinton Heichel said. "I texted her several times and then about 9:30ish, her phone got to the point where it went straight to voicemail."

Whitney Heichel's bank card was used at two different gas stations within eight minutes, her husband said, and police had been studying a surveillance video.

A man told police he recognized Heichel sitting in the passenger seat of her car at another station shortly before 9:30 a.m., but a man was driving.

Children playing outside an apartment building found Heichel's phone in some bushes on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, a search team discovered tire tracks, broken glass and Heichel's license plate on Larch Mountain, where they would later find her body.

Our thoughts go out to Whitney's family and friends in this difficult time.

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What is it that turns so many men into killers? I hope each parent is at least teaching their sons to respect women and that beating them is not an option. Obviously, consequences mean nothing to them. It's sad that women and young girls aren't free to jog, walk to school/work, or leave their job without fear that they will be grabbed, raped, tortured, and killed.