New surveillance video released

(UPDATED 6 p.m. with witness information) The Norton Shores Police Department has released a new surveillance video showing the van believed to be the one spotted at the gas station from where Jessica Heeringa was abducted Friday night.
Becky Vargo
May 1, 2013

 

The video shows a silver van driving past the Coin Zone in the 4800 block of Old Grand Haven Road late Friday night.

This is about a mile north of the Homestead Tavern, which provided the first video of the van released by police.

Anyone with information on this vehicle, or the suspect or on Jessica Heeringa, is asked to call Silent Observer at 231-722-7463, or call 911.

The video may be seen on Grand Haven Tribune's facebook page by clicking HERE.

In related news, WZZM-TV reports that a customer at the Exxon gas station said he overheard a man in a van talking to Jessica Heeringa before she was allegedly abducted.

Christian VanAntwerpen was buying gas about three hours before Heeringa was reported missing. He works at a store within sight of the station and told police just as he was leaving Exxon Friday night, a van pulled into the parking lot.

VanAntwerpen says he overheard the man in the van talking lightheartedly with Heeringa about being in the parking lot and not inside the store behind the cash register.

"Kind of joking almost; I think it struck me as weird because the guy did not go into the building. He wanted to wait until she was in sight and start having this conversation with her," VanAntwerpen told WZZM 13.

In an interview with ABC News, VanAntwerpen said the man seemed to flirt with the 25-year-old mother. "He was just like, 'Hey, what are you doing over here? Aren't you supposed to be inside?' Just kind of being real flirty, weird about it."

VanAntwerpen did not see the man's face, but he says he does remember the sound of his voice.

Norton Shores Police released a sketch of the minivan driver Tuesday. The person of interest is described as a white male, 6-feet tall with a medium to heavy build. He was last seen wearing a bright red or orange sweatshirt.

Surveillance videos from a nearby laundromat and bar show a minivan, similar to the one VanAntwerpen described, traveling northbound on Grand Haven Road around the time police believe Heeringa was abducted.

 

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