Update: Whitney Heichel still hasn't been found, but there are new developments in the missing Starbucks barista's case. First of all, the missing Oregon woman's cellphone has been located, and police confirm that it is in the possession of detectives. The phone was located in some bushes in Troutdale, which is approximately 15 minutes away from Gresham, where she vanished. Now it's up to forensic experts to see what they can find out from the phone, or if any clues may lead them to what happened to Heichel.
That's not the only update in this developing case. It's been asked repeatedly since the woman vanished on Tuesday if her husband is being looked at or investigated. Officials finally acknowledged today that Clint Heichel is not a suspect in his wife's disappearance. That's a relief to find out, because it's statistically common for the husband or significant other of a missing or murdered woman to be the first one investigatedÂ—and usually the one who committed the crime(s).
With Clint Heichel being cleared of her disappearance, who else is there that could be investigated? Did the young couple know anybody that would possibly want to inflict harm on their family in some way? Did Whitney Heichel have any jealous former lovers or admirers? Does Clint have any jealous ex-girlfriends? It's important to acknowledge the likelihood, as well, that this could have been a stranger abduction, which is rare but probable. Hopefully more clues are gathered in the search for this missing woman.
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