Jessica Heeringa Investigation: What You Need To Know

Posted at 8:36 PM, May 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-06 20:36:34-04

NORTON SHORES, Mich.– Where is Jessica Heeringa? It’s on everyone’s mind in West Michigan. “I actually have anxiety over it, it just makes me sick this could happen so close to home” said Angie Amaya who lives in Muskegon.

“I honestly find myself checking numerous times during the day. I check online I watch the news when I can, I feel for the family and community I just wish there was more I could do.”

As each day passes and new details emerge, what is the most important thing you need to know about this case? Norton Shores police Chief Daniel Shaw says there’s three key things to keep in mind.

“Number one, we are still looking for a sliver minivan, a Town and Country minivan. We believe that van had something to do with this incident so we really need to find that minivan.”

“Number two, we are still looking for this person based on our witness description of the driver of the minivan, we want to talk with this guy.”

While the chief believes Jessica may have known this person, maybe from working at the gas station they are confident she didn’t leave willingly. They also strongly believe that van and the man in the sketch will lead to answers.

“The State Police K-9 team did search the entire area around the store, we did have clothing to provide a scent, they did a complete 360 look around and there was no scent of her, that indicates to us that she was transported away in a vehicle.

So, number three keep calling in those tips. “If someone can identify this person that’s all were going to need to put all the pieces together. We’re pretty sure we know how this happened, pretty sure we know when this happened but we don’t know who is involved.”

The chief also says while they appreciate every single tip that comes in, he wants people to know they just don’t have enough time to call people back to let them how it panned out. So he says please be patient as they sort through them all.