Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw said an individual was allegedly collecting funds at a store in nearby Roosevelt Park under the pretenses that the money would be used to benefit Heeringa’s family.
Heeringa has been missing since April 26. Police believe the Norton Shores woman was abducted late that night as she was closing the gas station and convenience store where she worked.
Shaw said the Roosevelt Park Police Department is investigating the fraud complaint that occurred May 14 in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart store, 3225 Henry St. According to Roosevelt Park Police Chief David Boone, charges may be sought from the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office.
Shaw said there are only two valid fundraising efforts related to the Heeringa case:
— Muskegon County Silent Observer/Jessica Heeringa Reward: c/o Norton Shores Police Department, 4814 Henry St., Norton Shores, MI 49441
— Jessica Heeringa Family Fund at PNC Bank: P.O. Box 0077, Fruitport, MI 49415
Donations are being accepted at the Family Command Center at the Points Mall parking lot at the corner of Sternberg Road and Old Grand Haven Road in Norton Shores.
Shaw said the special police task force for the Heeringa case is continuing to investigate leads and tips received during the past three weeks.
"Though there have been no major developments, investigators believe they are making progress in this case," Shaw said Thursday.