Wife of man accused of killing Whitney Heichel files for divorce

Wife of man accused of killing Whitney Heichel files for divorce
Jonathan Holt appears in a booking photo taken Sunday at the Clackamas County Jail.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The wife of the man accused of killing a 21-year-old Gresham woman has filed for divorce, according to a court document.

Amanda Holt filed for divorce in Multnomah County Circuit Court Friday, Oct. 26 from Jonathan Holt who police accuse of sexually assaulting Whitney Heichel and then shooting and killing her.

Heichel left for work the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 16 and vanished. Her disappearance initiated an intensive search by members of her church, the Jehovah's Witnesses, and police.

Her body was discovered the following Friday on Larch Mountain and police arrested Jonathan Holt, accusing him of murder.

Through a family spokesman last Friday, Amanda Holt thanked the community for its support.

"Amanda wanted to express her gratitude to the community for its support of her – beyond just those in the church family," spokesman Jim Vaughn said.

According to court documents, Jonathan Holt told police he dumped Heichel’s body and also admitted to having child pornography. Police said they watched Holt ditch two handguns in an attempt to hide them.