NORTON SHORES, Mich.,– A false report on Facebook that missing mom Jessica Heeringa had been found caused a lot of social media buzz on Monday. The post on the “Find Jessica Heeringa” Facebook page is not true, according to Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw.
Chief Shaw spent the day dispelling the rumors and said they hurt both the investigation and the family.
“It’s just something else, now we have to track down and divert attention from our goal to go look into these rumors to find out if they’re true or not,” Chief Shaw told FOX 17 News. “It does cause problems for the family…they get excited that maybe she’s been found and a few hours later, back to reality. That no, she hasn’t been found yet.”
The post in question was written on the group’s wall by an unknown person, not the administrators of the “Find Jessica Heeringa” page. It appeared to have been removed as of Monday afternoon.
Jessica Heeringa has been missing since April 26th from the Norton Shores area. She was last seen at the Exxon Mobil gas station where she worked, located at 1196 E. Sternberg Rd.
Jessica is a white female, 25 years old, 5’1 tall, approximately 110 lbs., blond shoulder length hair, and blue eyes. Jessica is also known to wear wired rimmed glasses. She may be wearing a blue collared shirt saying “Sternberg Exxon”.
Authorities are now looking for a silver minivan, possibly a Chrysler Town & Country, that could be involved.
Police are also looking for a white male between 30 and 40 years old, medium to heavy build with broad shoulders and with light brown or sandy blonde hair.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME or 911