Missing woman found murdered

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The body of missing Oregon woman, Whitney Heichel, 21, was found in the forested area of Larch Mountain Friday night, news sources report.

Police arrested Jonathan Holt, 24, of Gresham, for investigation of aggravated murder. Collection of DNA and fingerprints along with three interviews in the span of three days led to suspicions, there were "many inconsistencies" in the interviews, Chief Craig Junginger said. Holt, Heichel and her husband lived in the same apartment complex, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Heichel went missing Tuesday morning on her way to work at Starbucks, a short five-minute drive from the apartment. Clint, Heichel's husband called police after being informed that she didn't make it to work. Police investigated, discovering the use of her ATM card at a local gas station, The Examiner reports.

Police discovered Heichel's SUV at 11:17 a.m. in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Wood Village. Her personal belongings were found in a dumpster in a near by shopping center. A church-organized search team found evidence and a license plate on Larch Mountain Wednesday. Police also found additional evidence from Heichel's vehicle on Larch Mountain Thursday, Gresham Katu reports.

Crime evidence received after the Heichel's body was found Friday morning, connected Holt to Heichel's SUV. Police arrested Holt during their Friday night interview, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The community set up a memorial with flowers, candles and teddy bears on a table outside of Starbucks, in remembrance of the young woman, The Oregonian reports.

"Whitney was a very loving person," Jim Vaughn, a family spokesman said. "She was warm, she was kind, she was everything you would want in a friend, relative, spiritual fellow worshipper." Vaughn thanked the police during the Friday night news conference for their commitment to the case, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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