Police searching for woman who disappeared on way to work

Police searching for woman who disappeared on way to work
Clint and Whitney Heichel. (Family photo)
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Oregon authorities planned to resume the search Thursday for a Gresham woman who disappeared two days ago under suspicious circumstances.

Police say the husband of 21-year-old Whitney Heichel reported her missing Tuesday after she did not show up for work at her job at a nearby Starbucks in the Portland suburb.

Her car was found late Tuesday morning in a Wood Village parking lot with the passenger side window smashed.

Investigators believe the car was seen at Dodge Park north of Sandy and at Larch Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge. On Wednesday at the park, investigators found broken window glass and examined tire tracks in the mud.

They also marked areas with red tape where they found broken window glass, but it's unclear if investigators found any clues in the park that are related to Heichel's disappearance.



Whitney's husband, Clint, said they live only a few minutes away from where his wife works and he has no idea why she never made it to work.

"She got ready, her normal thing, got up and just kissed me goodbye and I kind of woke up and said 'bye, I'll see you when you get home,'" he said. "And then about 8:15 her boss called me."

He said their bank records show her bank card was used at local gas stations.

"Not having her around is just overwhelming and it's hit me like a ton of bricks," he said. "She would have definitely done her best to get away or make it known that something was happening to her she didn't agree with."

But he said everyone is doing the best they can to bring Whitney home.

"I love her, and that I really miss her," said Whitney's friend, Bridgett Ebeling. "I'd like to see her soon and give her a hug and won't let go for awhile."

"It's a very hard process and it's very emotionally taxing, but we will not give up till you are found," said Clint. "That's an absolute truth."