Police: Body found tip is false

Police say a tip about a body being found is false. Police conducted a search on Tuesday and found no evidence of a body.

NORTON SHORES — Norton Shores police say that a tip about a body being found in the area of Airline Road and Getty Street is false.

The tip was posted on social media on Tuesday.

“The department will be speaking with this person to investigate this false claim,” read a press release from the Norton Shores Police Department.

The press release also noted that Michigan State Police recently received a call from a person who claimed that they saw a suspicious person in the area of Getty and Airline after the arrest of Jeffrey Willis in the Jessica Heeringa disappearance case.

“The Michigan State Police and the Norton Shores police evaluate each tip and hundreds have been looked at,” police said. “This tip is one of the many that have been investigated.”

As a result of that tip, the state police dive team is checking an area where the reported person was seen, the press release said. No evidence of a body has been found.

The press released said the weather conditions have made it difficult to close out the tip. The area is private property and no unauthorized person will be allowed.

If there is any evidence located as a result of the tip, police will release the information, officials said.

“Any other information should be looked at as false until confirmed," the press release said. “The Michigan State Police and the Norton Shores Police Department are committed to searching for Jessica Heeringa until she is found."

Heeringa has been missing since April 26, 2013. She was working at the time at a gas station on Sternberg Road, just west of U.S. 31, in Norton Shores.

Willis is currently serving life in prison on two counts of murder, kidnapping and felony firearms. He was sentenced Dec. 18, 2017.

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