NORTON SHORES (WWJ/AP) – State police profilers plan to assist in the search for a 25-year-old woman who disappeared from her job at a West Michigan gas station last month.

Norton Shores police Chief Daniel Shaw told The Muskegon Chronicle on Monday that Jessica Heeringa likely knew her abductor and they’re focused on identifying a suspect. Shaw says state police behavior analysts are joining the investigative team this week.

The Norton Shores police department announced last week that DNA testing showed a small amount of blood found outside the gas station belonged to Heeringa.

Talking to WWJ Newsradio 950 following those findings, Shaw stressed that police believe Herringa may still be alive.

“Now we know that she is injured somehow. How badly, we really don’t know. But yes, it does give a sense of urgency to us. But we’ve already been at a heightened state as it is now,” Shaw said. “We are working hard to finding her and bringing her home right now. So we now know that she needs medical treatment of some type, and we’re going to work harder now.”

Heeringa disappeared April 26 before she was set to close the station in Norton Shores, near Muskegon. Police said there was no indication of a robbery.

Police said they’re looking for a silver minivan, possibly a Chrysler Town and Country, that was seen in the area of the Exxon station before Heeringa’s disappearance.

Anyone who may information is asked to call 231-733-2691 or 911.  A reward of up to $15,000 has been offered for a tip leading to an arrest in this case.

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