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Video: 2nd Surveillance Video from Norton Shores - Coin Zone

  • Jessica Heering was last seen at the Exxon Mobil gas station on April 26.
  • The composite sketch of Jessica Heeringa's abductor.
    

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- Norton Shores police released a new surveillance video today in the case of a 25-year-old mother who vanished from her job at a gas station on the state's west side five days ago.

The video shows a silver or gray minivan police have been searching for in connection with the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa. It was taken on Grand Haven Road – about one mile north of where police got the first video released Monday.

"The video is a little bit better quality than the first surveillance video," Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw said.

The gray or silver minivan is the second vehicle in the frame and can be seen after a black van at about 11:04 p.m., police said.

Investigators say they believe Heeringa went missing sometime between 10:50 p.m., her last sale, and 11:15 p.m. Friday.

The previously released video came from a local tavern and showed a blurry image of the minivan.

Police have said the Exxon Mobile on East Sternberg Road did not have any cameras, complicating the investigation into Heeringa's disappearance.

Meanwhile, her family is now working with a public relations firm in Florida.

"They're a family who is not accustomed to this kind of situation," said Ryan Julison, president of Julison Communications. "They need someone to come in and help them."

Julison has a close friend who grew up in Norton Shores and volunteered to work with the family, supporting them and trying to help move the case forward, he said.

Police have focused on the driver of the silver or gray minivan, described as about 30-40 years old, around 6 feet tall and wearing a bright red or orange shirt the night Heeringa disappeared.

A sketch, made with the help of a witness, was released Tuesday of a man seen near the gas station around the time Heeringa vanished.

Police believe Heeringa was abducted because there were no signs of a struggle in the station and her belongings, including her purse with cash inside and vehicle, were left behind.

Contact Elisha Anderson at eanderson@freepress.com

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