Police investigators said they watched the man accused of murdering Whitney Heichel try to hide two handguns before confessing to detectives that he killed Heichel, according to court documents released on Friday afternoon.
Police announced Friday night in a somber news conference that they had found the body of missing 21-year-old Whitney Heichel. They also announced they had arrested Jonathan Daniel Holt for the aggravated murder of Heichel.
The phone was discovered by two girls in the blackberry bushes at the Troutdale Terrace Apartments. One of their families told KATU News the phone had a screensaver of Whitney on it as well as texts asking if she was OK.
Lorilei Ritmiller said she was speaking out to both show support for Heichel's husband Clint and to reiterate that Heichel is beloved in her tight-knit community. She implored anyone with information to call police.
A 21-year-old Gresham woman has disappeared under what police have labeled 'suspicious' circumstances. Whitney's black 1999 Ford Explorer was backed into a parking space in the back corner of the lot with the passenger-side window shattered.