Crime Scene Investigation: Day 10 of the Search for Jessica

Posted at 9:09 PM, May 06, 2013

Jessica HeeringaNORTON SHORES, Mich.- Day 10 and still no sign of Jessica Heeringa.  Monday, police interviewed more than a dozen people from several counties. 

Two analysts from the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center joined the investigation team, Monday.  MIOC has been crunching numbers and generating leads since the night Jessica went missing but now, they’re devoting resources specifically to finding Jessica.

Police are also digging through phone records at the gas station as well as data from cell phone towers.

Investigators continue working to find more surveillance video that shows where the silver van went after Jessica’s abduction.

Now, focus on the night Jessica was abducted and what it means for the future of the investigation.

Chief Daniel Shaw says the Norton Shores Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.  That year round training is what set the standards for their response in the search for Jessica.

Once NSPD arrived at the gas station Friday, Shaw says, “They started collecting those samples and then other items that were found that I cannot discuss at this point- but other items that were found on the outside of the station.”

Once officers gathered the evidence, Shaw says. “We collect that, preserve it, seal it and log it into the evidence system here at the police department.”

The evidence was collected the night of Jessica’s abduction but the timeline only adds to the frustration for both police and family.  The results of the evidence sent to the crime lab are possibly still weeks  away.

Chief Shaw says, “This evidence is going to the top of the list for processing but it still takes time to analyze the actual evidence.”

If you have any information on the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa call the Silent Observer Tip line at (231) 72-CRIME.