NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) - Friday marks the seventh day of the search for 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, a Muskegon County mother who went missing late last Friday night.
Heeringa was last seen at the Exxon Mobile gas station on Sternberg Road in Norton Shores on April 26. Since then, police have been searching for clues in her disappearance, but have not named any suspects.
Friday morning, Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw released a still photo of surveillance video that captured a gray or silver minivan driving down Grand Haven Road that police believe to be connected to Heeringa's disappearance.
That photo came from surveillance video from Coin Zone, and Shaw said he hoped someone might recognize something familiar in it.
"It gives a little more detail on the van itself so you may be able to pick out some dents or maybe a sticker on the side the side of the van as it goes by.
Shaw said he hoped that this would be the break in the case that would solve Heeringa's disappearance.
"I'm hoping. I'm hoping that something in that photo may trigger someone's mind that, 'Hey, that's so and so's van,' and then give us a call and we'll find her," he said.
Other developments in the case came Friday morning, including police clearing a man who they had been questioning since Wednesday.
Police were also waiting for test results to come back on spots found outside the Exxon Mobile station where Heeringa was last seen. They were trying to determine whether or not the substance could be blood.
Investigators were working with Meijer to get surveillance video from one of its stores that showed what Heeringa was wearing before she disappeared.
Another positive development in the case was that police were able to get Heeringa's DNA by taking samples from her parents, which is evidence that could prove to be crucial to the case.
More than 500 tips had already been received in Heeringa's case, Shaw said. The department is now looking forward to next week, and a full task force will continue to stay on the investigation.
Stay with 24 Hour News 8 and woodtv.com for the latest on the investigation.
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