Some customers at the Norton Shores gas station where Jessica Herringa worked say they feel relieved now that someone is in custody and charged with her abduction and murder.
“I feel like justice for Jessica has been coming for a long time,” said Katie Korndorfer.
“We needed to find out who did this,” added Tabatha Lopez.
Tuesday Jeffrey Willis, already accused of murder and kidnapping in other cases, was charged with abducting Heeringa in April 2013 from the Exxon on E. Sternberg road where she worked the night shift.
Customers in the convenience store said the break in the case was welcome news.
“A lot of relief,” said Korndorfer. “It is really unsettling to wonder if you are safe at your job.”
“It was my gut feeling he was the guy,” said Ron Stibitz. “They just had to make sure everything was in place before they could proceed to charge him.”
Detectives say they have not found Jessica Heeringa's body, but believe she was killed 24 to 48 hours after her abduction. At his arraignment Tuesday Jeffrey Willis pled not guilty to the kidnapping and murder charge.
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