We are sadden by the news of Whitney Heichel’s murder by the hand of her married neighbor Jonathan Holt. Whitney’s death has left a community mourning, her family shattered and her husband Clint Heichel  heart broken.

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21-year-old Whitney Heichel described as the sweetest, humblest person in the world said her family and friends, her beloved Clint said his wife was  a little ray of light to anyone whose life she touched was reported missing by her husband after she failed to show for her 7am shift at a Starbucks in  Gresham,  Portland, where she worked as a barista, her boss alerted her husband Clint Heichel who then reported her missing.

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“She got dressed this morning, normal everything. Kissed me goodbye, said goodbye,’ he said on Tuesday.

‘(At) about 8:15 her boss called me and said, “Hey, I was just curious, did Whitney decide to be sick or not feeling well? Have you seen her or talked to her?”

A frantic search for Mrs. Heichel began, her ATM card was used at a nearby Troutdale gas station at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday. Two hours later, her sport utility vehicle a 1999 Ford Explorer was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot with the passenger side window smashed and mud in the tires.

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‘The passenger side window was busted out, the backseats were down, there was mud on her tires, which it wasn’t that way the night before,’ Clint Heichel said.

‘It just is weird that we found her truck, completely off the path that she would take to go to work. Anyone who has a loved one or is married knows if your spouse goes missing and there’s no word… I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to think, I don’t know what to do.’

A child found her cell phone at a field between the Wal-Mart where her car was found and the gas station where her credit card was used. Whitney’s body was found on Larch Mountain, a remote, forested area east of Gresham, the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, and DNA test and fingerprints found in her car pointed to her killer.

24-year-old Jonathan Holt her complex neighbor who along his wife attended the same church as the Heichel, Clint helped Holt with his bike once and Whitney took care of their cats when they were not home, what was his motive?

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“It’s very difficult. We only had a year and nine months together, and when you get married, you bet on forever,”

“She didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just … why? That’s the only question. Why?” She was just a beautiful little person, just full of love, and she was just a ray of light to everybody. Whitney’s husband Clint said.

Why Whitney? Did Holt had a sick crush on her? need money and tried to get from her? that is for him to answer now that he has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder?

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Holt was transferred to Clackamas County Jail on Monday while his first appearance before a judge he said he waited for Whitney to get out of her house to ask her for a ride, after a few minutes he pulled out a gun and told her to drive to Roslyn Lake north of Sandy where he forced her to perform oral sex on him he and killed her by shooting her  4 times. He then threw his cell on the lake and drove to Larch Mountain where he left Mrs. Heichel’s body. [click on the photo to enlarge]

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Jonathan Holt’s wife name remains unknown {Update} she has been described as a victim by both the Heichel family and the congregation at her church. her Facebook page has been removed.

28-year-old Clinton S. Heichet was born November 18, 1983 in Oregon. We send our prayers to him during this difficult time.

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