Whitney Heichel affidavit alleges Jonathan Holt admitted sexually assaulting, shooting Ore. barista

Authorities in the Portland suburb of Gresham are looking for 21-year-old Whitney Heichel after she failed to show up for work the morning of Oct. 16, 2012. Heichel was last seen leaving her apartment at about 6:45 a.m., heading to her job at a nearby Starbucks. She never arrived to work, and her husband, Clinton Heichel, reported her missing around 10 a.m. Detectives confirmed that her ATM card was used at a nearby gas station several hours later and her 1999 Ford Explorer was later spotted sitting in a Walmart parking lot with a broken front passenger-side window. Heichel is 5-foot-2 and weighs about 120 pounds. Anyone who may have seen Heichel is asked to call the Gresham Police Tip Line at 503-618-2719.
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(CBS) OREGON CITY, Ore. - Jonathan Holt, the man accused of killing 21-year-old barista Whitney Heichel, told police that on the morning she disappeared on her way to work at a nearby Starbucks, he waited outside her apartment and asked her for a ride, according to court documents.

Pictures: Body of missing Oregon barista found

A probable cause affidavit reveals that Holt, 24, allegedly confessed to an Oregon State policeman that about five minutes after getting into Heichel's car on Oct. 16, he pulled a gun on her, had her drive to a nearby area called Roslyn Lake, forced her to perform oral sex on him, and then shot her.

According to the affidavit, Holt admitted that he then disposed of Heichel's cell phone and dumped her body on Larch Mountain.

Over the weekend, a medical examiner determined that Heichel, whose body was found on Oct. 19, died of multiple gunshot wounds. The affidavit also reports that according to the Oregon State Crime Lab, swabs taken from the steering wheel of Heichel's car "reveals a male DNA profile that is consistent with the DNA profile of Mr. Holt."

Holt, who authorities have described as being an acquaintance of Heichel's, was arraigned on seven charges of aggravated murder on Monday, Oct. 22. He is being held without bail in the Clackamas County Jail and is expected to be back in court on Friday.

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