Suspected killer leaves evidence trail



In the hours before Jonathan D. Holt would be arrested in the murder of Whitney Heichel, the 25-year-old suspect unwittingly led police along a trail of evidence in Heichel’s death as he drove from Portland to Gresham, discarding guns and other items, according to a search warrant affidavit released Friday.

Holt, who was unaware that investigators were following him, dropped a handgun in bushes at his Swan Island workplace, left crumpled ammunition boxes in a dumpster of a Gresham apartment complex and left one of two handguns in the grass outside the Gresham Police Department just before he entered for his 3:30 p.m. interview.

In that interview, Holt confessed to sexually abusing and killing Heichel, a 21-year-old neighbor and fellow member of a Jehovah’s Witnesses church.

The court documents also say that Holt never showed up for his 6 a.m. shift Oct. 16, the day of Heichel’s disappearance, at Canteen Services, a vending machine services company.

Holt told two church members that evening that he and his wife that he had been robbed by two “black males” at gunpoint that morning.

The search warrant also says Holt admitted downloading child porn on his laptop and an external hard drive. He also said he stole a cellphone from the Heichels’ apartment.