NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) - The minivan that authorities are searching for in connection to the abduction of 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa was seen on video by a surveillance camera at a nearby business.
Heeringa disappeared from the Exxon Mobil gas station on Sternberg Road between 10:50 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. April 26. Her purse and car were left behind. Authorities say she was abducted and may know the person who took her.
They have been searching for a minivan -- possibly a Chrysler Town & Country -- and its driver in connection with the case.
The surveillance camera at the Old Homestead Tavern -- about a mile from the Exxon -- captured the gray or silver minivan headed north on Grand Haven Road away from the gas station.
That video can be seen above. The minivan in question passes from the top left of the screen to the right at about time stamp 22:46:42. The time stamp on the video is not in sync with actual time, Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw said in an email.
"We believe that this is the van that witnesses have described as being at the Exxon station at the time of Jessica's abduction," Shaw wrote in the email.
The video is blurry and the van is on screen for only a second, but Norton Shores police say it confirms some of what little information they have in a case that is becoming more desperate with every passing moment.
"It does give us some hope that we've got some accurate information out there to work with," Shaw told 24 Hour News 8 Monday evening as he watched the video.
But it's still not the break that police need. They can't see a license plate or who is in the vehicle.
"I wish I had the technology like you see on TV where you could blow it up and I could see the driver inside. But that doesn't exist for me," said Shaw.
And the van itself may be a dead lead.
"We really don't know if that van was involved or not. We just know it was last seen at the Exxon Mobil station," said Shaw.
Regardless, police would like to speak to the driver of the minivan, described as a heavy-set, white man between 30 and 40 years old, and having broad shoulders, and light brown, wavy hair parted in the middle and longer on top. He may have also been wearing a bright red or orange sweatshirt.
Heeringa, a 25-year-old mother, is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 110 pounds. She has blonde, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes. She has wire-rimmed glasses but may not be wearing them. She may be wearing a blue, collared shirt that says Sternberg Exxon.
Anyone with any information about her disappearance or who noticed anything out of the ordinary in the area around the time of the abduction is asked to contact Silent Observer at 231.72.CRIME (27463), 911 or the Norton Shores Police Department at 231.733.2691.
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