"NORTON SHORES, Mich- The Norton Shores Police Department is investigating a missing person which occurred in late evening hours of April 26, 2013 at the Exxon Mobil gas station located at 1196 E. Sternberg Rd. Around 11:15 p.m. Norton Shores Police officers were dispatched to the gas station on a suspicious activity report. Customers called 911 after entering the store to find no employees present. The employee scheduled to be working, Jessica Heeringa, was not able to be located.
Contact has been made with friends and family of 25 year old Jessica Heeringa but as of April 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm Jessica has not been located.
Jessica is described as 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 rim glasses. She may be wearing a blue collared shirt saying “Sternberg Exxon”.
Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity near the Exxon Mobil gas station is asked to contact Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME[IMG]resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png[/IMG]231-72-CRIME (231-722-7463[IMG]resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png[/IMG]231-722-7463) or call 911."
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Link to article discussing fake sketch: http://www.wzzm13.com/story/local/2013/05/01/1598280/
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It seems odd to me that they did not do searches since she was taken away in a vehicle. I understand that they would have no idea where to look... but are not MOST of the missing taken away in a vehicle? Unless you have the cases where someone is nabbed off a hiking trail, or maybe a child grabbed and pulled into a house... pretty much the rest are taken away in a vehicle.
That said... I truly have no idea where they would start looking either, although I expect (assuming she is deceased, which sadly I think is the case) that she is not far from where she was taken..
I agree cebee. I think a search still should have been done despite the suspicion that she was taken away in a vehicle. Police keep saying that they hold out the hope that she is alive which I feel is good but for some reason I do believe that she is deceased as well. Also a strange thing is that it is believed that she was taken by somebody she knew but IMO she was taken by a stranger who was just waiting for his opportunity. Oh and was there no camera at the gas station?
Have a good halloween everyone. Here in the Los Angeles area something is happening now that happened recently in west Michigan. Body parts started showing up in various places and they are found to belong to the same body. LE has determined that when this happens someone has put an intact body down a manhole into the waste system. On the way to where it is treated waste is broken up and thus the intact body does not pass through the system. Have the body parts in Michigan been tested for DNA against the people recently missing in Michigan.?
Bringing forward cluciano's post from the last thread:
"I can't even imagine where searches should take place in this case. It is mid-boggling, if she was in fact taken away in a vehicle, as seems to be the case (van or otherwise), how to even begin? It seems such a daunting task."
LE has said the same thing. I want to [ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=207185"]go back to the beginning[/ame] as soon as I get a chance to see what is posted re: possible areas to be searched. I know I along with others noted some possible areas...Will post whatever I come across.
Here's a reference to the Newaygo area by Tangie:
I mapped this at 37 miles----this number works (for instance, RAT dumped AM's car 39 miles from where she was last seen).
Flutterby mentions a marshy area here:
What about the Pere Maquette Park seen on this map?
I posted this area for some reason, can not remember why.
<edit: here's a post why that place might have stood out:
more possible search areas:
"Ross Park, Mona Lake, Norton Cemetery..."
There was construction in this area:
Here's a suggestion to check out the Muskegon State Park area:
But I really appreciate how dedicated you are
Sometimes Jessica's thread has been eerily quiet. It's nice to see that ppl still care.
Aerial view of the dense area around Mona Lake:
Ugh, then you have the whole private property aspect, as mentioned here:
Needle in a haystack
I would imagine the lights were turned off in the back because she was preparing to close up. OR the perp flipped the switch as he grabbed her at the back door, to keep from being seen more easily. I also assume the switch would be right inside the back door, makes sense to me.
My guess is that this was someone she was acquainted with, maybe someone who was stalking her. She could have recognized them by sight but did not know them well.
As for searches, it's possible that LE has done some searches without the public's knowledge, in the most likely areas. They generally don't do planned searches unless they have an idea where to look, through tips or other leads. In this case, obviously she could have been taken anywhere in any direction.
They do sometimes send out teams of officers to look around in certain places and often the public is never aware that these searches are going on because they aren't publicized. Officers can check dumpsters, alleyways, abandoned buildings, all kinds of hiding places while they're out patrolling, and not even appear to be looking for anything specific. So while it may not look like they're searching, they very well may be.
[ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=181974"]MI MI - Macomb Co. WhtFem (UP10563 & 11130), Body Parts In Sewer, Aug/Dec'12 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]
Banks may have several reasons not to want to issue a creditcard and for some ppl a debitcard really isn't that much easier than cash.