Whatsapp is an application that is uses by a lot of people to communicate. Allthough Whatsapp-messages look like SMS-messages, the way they are handled are different. They are stored in a database on the mobile phone with their own structure. Deleted Whatsapp-messages often can be retrieved from a mobile phone.
It is also possible to retrieve Whatsapp data from iTunes-backups or iCloud-backups, but best is to create a dump of the internal memory (and SD-card if one is in the phone).
Digirec has specialised forensic equipement to create a forensically sound copy of the data from the mobile device to be able to retrieve deleted Whatsapp messages.
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Encase searchterm to find Whatsapp data on an iPhone:
#{4,12}-#{1,5}..[^@]{1,255}@s.whatsapp.net
#{11,11}@s.whatsapp.net.[^x01][^x7f-xff]{1,255}
Grep must be activated!

The above keywords wil overlap each others extractions, but give good results in finding most (parts of) whatsapp messages.