The search continues for a missing Oregon woman who vanished on her way to work this week, with police saying that her cellphone was found in a field by a group of kids playing near an apartment complex in suburban Portland.
“Obviously, this is a very favorable find for us,” said Lt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police Department’s lead investigator in the case, at a Friday news conference. “Every day when we get evidence, we’re closer. The evidence tells you a story.”
The phone is the latest evidence authorities have recovered as they try to piece together what happened to Whitney Heichel, 21, a Starbucks barista who vanished in the five-minute commute from her Gresham home to work.
Detectives are scheduled to update the case at a 10 a.m. Saturday news conference.
Heichel’s phone was found between two other locations where detectives recovered evidence, officials said. The phone, which was turned off, contained text messages from family and friends asking Heichel's whereabouts and whether she was OK, Grandjean said.