NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) - Investigators in the search for Jessica Heeringa have local register sex offenders on their radar.
The Michigan sex offender registry reveals several pages of registered sex offenders living in Norton Shores. About half of them are Tier 3 offenders, the most serious type.
"I have no problems about that because I'd just as soon find out myself," one anonymous registered sex offender told 24 Hour News 8. "I expect them anytime. Like I said, I'm surprised they haven't been here. They might have been here and I wasn't here."
Police have questioned one registered sex offender who Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw said looked a lot like the suspect sketch. That man was cleared.
Another registered sex offender told 24 Hour News 8 someone spotted his son digging in the backyard and called police who then wanted to search the hole, only to find he was simply planting a tree.
The extensive search sits well with Dakotah Quail-Dyer, Heeringa's fiancé and father of her child. Police have asked him to look through mug shots.
"These aren't necessarily suspects but maybe you've seen some of them," he said he was told.
The task force investigating Heeringa's abduction is working with the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center to cross-reference registered offenders with silver minivans.
"We have shown some of the photos to witnesses and family to see if any of them have been seen in the area," Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw told 24 Hour News 8 in an email.
"I guess being on this list, any time something like this happens, you should automatically expect them to come see you. That's there way of trying to narrow things down. And like I said, they can come see me any time they're ready," the anonymous sex offender said.
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