NORTH SHORES (WWJ) – In West Michigan, Norton Shores police are denying a rumor that Jessica Heeringa has been found.
The 25-year-old has been missing for over one month — disappearing from the gas station where she worked alone as a clerk.
Police said the false rumor was spread via social networks over the weekend. Police think she was taken against her will by someone she likely knew. Heeringa’s purse, vehicle, and other items were left behind.
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.
Although DNA testing showed a small amount of blood found outside the gas station belonged to Heeringa, Norton Shores police Chief Daniel Shaw said they believed she could still be alive.
Shaw they’re now focused on identifying a suspect and state police behavior analysts joined investigative team to assist.
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 with 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.