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#1 Hum

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 00:09

The disappearance of a Michigan mother who was last seen working the late shift at a gas station was reclassified today as an abduction, as the woman's family pleaded for her safe return.

Jessica Heeringa, 25, made her last sale at the Exxon gas station in North Shores, Mich., at 11 p.m. Friday, police said. She was preparing to close the store for the night, but 15 minutes later authorities said they received a call from a concerned customer reporting that there was no employee at the open gas station.

"She was going to get out in 15 minutes," Shelly Heeringa, Jessica's mother, told ABC News. "In 15 minutes that store would've been closed and she would've been on her way home."

Heeringa's purse and keys were left behind and the cleaning supplies she always took out at closing time were on the counter, her mother said.

North Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw said today that it appeared robbery was not a motive, and that the store's cash drawer was left untouched.

The gas station was not outfitted with surveillance cameras, so investigators are relying on tips to help them zero in on what happened during the 15 minute time frame Heeringa went missing.

Shaw said authorities are looking for a silver minivan, possible a Chrysler Town and Country, that was seen in the area prior to Jessica's disappearance.

Shelly Heeringa said someone saw her daughter "walk out of the store with this guy like there was no problem," but when they got to his van, a struggle ensued.

"If somebody did take her, I wish they would just drop her some place so she could come home," Heeringa said of her daughter.

"She's just a hard working girl. She was trying to support her child," she said. "She was trying to get her life going and she just needs to come home."

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 00:31

Hopefully she's not a stat yet. The problem is after someone does something to someone the option is let them go along with the memory they have of you or erase their memory -- unfortunately it's easier to 'erase' the memory and likely seems like the better solution. That is, until you get caught, then it was quite obviously the worst solution but I don't think these types of people are real thinkers.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 00:36

wow, rare that a gas station doesn't have video cameras around!

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 01:31

Ex- husband, boyfriend ... ?

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:36

Rape or mugging that went bad or a setial killer are possibles too. Several recent examples in these parts.

Stuff like this is why most new carry licensees & combat tactics students are women, especially those that work afternoon or midnight shifts. Any chance is better than no chance.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 13:55

oh that is sad news. But if she not found yet, i think the worst has already happened.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 14:26

I agree. If they aren't found in the forst 24 to 36 hours it usually doesn 't end well.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:40

Yeah, I agree too. It doesn't look good for her.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:50

possible hoax?

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 14:04

^ Why hoax ? Leaving behind a daughter/son ?

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:26

She sure is a pretty little thing too.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:36

Stuff like this is why most new carry licensees & combat tactics students are women, especially those that work afternoon or midnight shifts. Any chance is better than no chance.


Yes, more guns are the answer to everything. You are aware that the states with the toughest guns laws have less crime, right? But feel free to live under your false sense of security, brah. :)

On the topic, I do hope things work out for this woman.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:37

A composite drawing was issued by the cops along with a request to keep eyes open for a silver or gray Chrysler minivan with him driving it. Hopefully it jarrs some memories.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 13:58

DETROIT – A West Michigan police chief has released a sketch of a man sought for questioning in the disappearance of a 25-year-old woman from her job as a gas station night clerk.

Police are searching for a gray minivan and its driver, who is described as a white man, age 30 to 40, about 6 feet tall, with light brown wavy hair. The description is from witnesses who saw the van parked near the station and driving away.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.c.../#ixzz2S378DW5Z

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 14:47

Chances are that this lady has been murdered already... :(