Jonathan Holt Arrested In Murder Of Oregon Starbucks Barista Whitney Heichel
An arrest was made on Friday in the disappearance of barista Whitney Heichel, 21, who went missing Tuesday morning on her way to her job at Starbucks. Around the same time that Jonathan Holt, 24, a neighbor of Heichel's who lived in her apartment complex, was arrested for her murder, Heichel's body was discovered on Larch Mountain, a 40-minute drive from her home in Gresham, Ore.
Heichel's husband of less than two years, Clinton Heichel, was alerted to the fact that Heichel never showed up for her 7 a.m. shift on Tuesday by her boss. "I called her several times," Clinton said about the hours following his wife's unexpected disappearance. "I texted her several times and then actually at about 9:30ish, her phone got to the point where you would call and it went straight to voicemail," he said.
Around the same time, Heichel's bank card was used at two different gas stations within eight minutes, and a witness later reported that he saw Heichel in the passenger's seat of her car, but a man was driving, reports ABC News. Her Ford Explorer was later found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot with the passenger's window broken out and mud on the tires.
Heichel's license plate and cell phone were both found near the location that her body would later be discovered on the mountain. While it has been made clear that both Heichel and her husband knew Holt, the alleged killer's motives have not yet been revealed. Holt is being arraigned today.
"She's just very kind and loved everybody," said Clinton. "She didn't do anything to deserve this. It's just, why?" he asked. "That's the only question — why?"