Police identify blood as missing woman's

A substance found outside the gas station where Jessica Heeringa worked when she was abducted nearly two weeks ago has been identified as the missing woman's blood.
Becky Vargo
May 8, 2013

The results of DNA testing to confirm it was Heeringa's blood were returned from the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory today.

Heeringa, 25, was abducted late on April 26 when she was preparing to close the Exxon station and store at 1196 E. Sternberg Road in Norton Shores. She was working alone and there were no surveillance cameras at the time.

Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw said Heeringa’s family has been notified of the blood identification.

Shaw said information on the location of the small amount of blood found outside the station will not be released.

A task force has been working on the case to investigate the hundreds of tips and leads that have come in. A search of Harbor Island in Grand Haven was conducted on Tuesday, based on one of those tips, but Shaw said nothing was found.

Heeringa’s family continues to operate a volunteer command station at The Pointes shopping plaza, adjacent to the gas station where the missing woman had worked for more than a year. The family is handing out fliers with information about the case to help find her.

A volunteer has also established a Find Jessica Heeringa Facebook page and a fund to help pay the family's expenses has been established at PNC Bank.

A reward fund has been set up through the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. The Exxon Mobil Corp. has donated $15,000 to the reward fund.

Police continue to seek a man driving a silver minivan seen at the gas station that night. A sketch of the man was released last week.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Norton Shores Police Department at 231-733-2691 or Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME.

Comments

Tchambers

There was someone in a silver town and country behind Party City (right near the gas station) with the lights out except the interior lights doing something with the dumpster there around 10:30pm last night. It was dark out back there and I noticed it as I drove past on US31. May be worth a check.

ohwell

Did you call 911? If not, why not? Kind of late to be checking after the fact. They might find something now, but not a van. Posting it here does no good.

Creedance

I don't think I want to be around this guy if I'm having a heart attack.

GHJames

Because if I was the bad guy watching the news about how there are no good leads I would return 10 days later in the vehicle that is the only possible known link to the crime and try to cover up something that no one had noticed. Then again, the idea of kidnapping some young mother isn't in the normal range of logical thinking either.

gordbzz231

has anyone considered a psychic to recreate the crime scene, dont if there is any in michigan that does work like this

GHJames

"I see... a gas station with no cameras. I'm feeling that a bad thing happened. The clerk is somewhere else now..." There. Fast, free, and local psychic advice gordo. And accurate too! Now the police can go back to looking at tips from less credible sources.

christopher

Why do news reports keep calling this place an "ExxonMobil" station? It is an Exxon station that sells Exxon gas. It is an independently owned enterprise that happens to sell Exxon gasoline.

The name of the station according to the Exxon web site is "Sternberg Exxon" NOT ExxonMobil Station. You continual use of the the term ExxonMobil seems to be journalistic sloppiness.

If this would have happened at the Mobil station at the corner of Washington and Beacon would you be referring to it as an ExxonMobil station? I believe you would just say the Mobil station at the corner of Washington and Beacon ... not the ExxonMobil station.

Thanks for your consideration. Your articles on this topic would be more credible with this attention to detail.

christopher

Why do news reports keep calling this place an "ExxonMobil" station? It is an Exxon station that sells Exxon gas. It is an independently owned enterprise that happens to sell Exxon gasoline.

The name of the station according to the Exxon web site is "Sternberg Exxon" NOT ExxonMobil Station. You continual use of the the term ExxonMobil seems to be journalistic sloppiness.

If this would have happened at the Mobil station at the corner of Washington and Beacon would you be referring to it as an ExxonMobil station? I believe you would just say the Mobil station at the corner of Washington and Beacon ... not the ExxonMobil station.

Thanks for your consideration. Your articles on this topic would be more credible with this attention to detail.

MeanSmith

How come you posted that twice?

MeanSmith

How come you posted that twice?

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