NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) - Police in Norton Shores Thursday morning briefed the family of a missing woman, as they continue to sort through tips, and interview "lots of persons of interest."
Jessica Heeringa disappeared the night of April 26 while working at the Exxon Mobil gas station on Sternberg Road. Police believe the 25-year-old was abducted by someone driving a gray or silver minivan -- possibly a Chrysler Town & Country.
More surveillance footage of the minivan was released Wednesday.
Several people have been questioned in the case but there are no arrests yet. A man who drives a minivan matching the suspect vehicle description was brought to the Norton Shores police station, following a traffic stop Wednesday, and questioned for six hours. That man, from Muskegon, left the police department around midnight.
"I believe they're going to talk to him again, so it is a situation where at this point he hasn't been cleared," Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday morning.
"Every person that we interview, every tip that we receive that we can verify or check off the list that it's not involved, it's one step closer to finding Jessica and bringing her home," Shaw added.
Shaw said investigators have talked to numerous persons of interest this week.
"They're looking at their confidence level, as far as the likelihood the person is or is not involved in a crime," Shaw said. "If it's like a 50/50 thing they're just not too sure one way or the other, they'll just maintain that person of interest, someone they want to speak to further."
Heeringa's family is working with authorities to organize a ground search but some land where the young mother disappeared is privately owned, which is stalling the process.
If you have any information about Heeringa's disappearance then you are asked to call Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME (27463), 911 or the Norton Shores Police Department at 231.733.2691.
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