Jonathan Holt was moved to the Clackamas County Jail
Whitney Heichel's body was found on Larch Mountain Friday
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
The man charged with aggravated murder in the death of Whitney Heichel was moved from Multnomah County to Clackamas County this morning, where he is currently on a suicide watch, according to deputies.
Jonathan Holt, who turns 25 Wednesday, is expected to face a judge to hear his charges in Clackamas County on Monday.
Holt was originally booked into Multnomah County jail on Friday after he was arrested for allegedly killing the 21-year-old Gresham woman, who vanished after leaving for work last Tuesday morning. Her body was recovered on Larch Mountain, which is in Multnomah County, on Friday.
Investigators have not stated why Holt was moved to Clackamas County, though more details are expected to be released Monday.
Last week, clues stemming from Whitney's disappearance started popping up across the metro area, including Clackamas County.
Police said some of Whitney Heichel's personal items were found in a parking lot in a garbage bin at the Walmart store where her SUV was discovered with the passenger window smashed out.
More of her belongings, according to police, were discovered in another garbage bin at a nearby shopping center.
Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger said information then led investigators to Holt. He voluntarily went to the police department for one interview and then a follow-up interview.
Police said inconsistencies then turned up between the two interviews. Investigators obtained DNA and fingerprints from Holt.
Junginger said additional evidence then narrowed the focus onto Holt. Results from the crime lab tied him to Whitney Heichel's car.
Holt returned to the police department Friday night for another interview and was arrested. Junginger said Whitney Heichel's body was then found on Larch Mountain.
"We would have liked to see a happy conclusion, but it's not," said family spokesman Jim Vaughn.
Vaughn said the family has received messages, support and prayers from people all over the world during the last few days.
"We will heal because of the love we have for each other," he said.
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