Police in western Michigan have named a person of interest in the case of Jessica Heeringa, who has been missing since 2013.
The Norton Shores Police Department announced Monday that Jeffrey Willis is now considered a person of interest in Heeringa's missing case. Police are working to determine if Willis, who is a suspect in a Muskegon County abduction case, also is connected to Heeringa's case. Willis, 46, is charged with trying to kidnap a 16-year-old girl this year near Muskegon.
Last week, the Muskegon County Sheriff denied any connection between the attempted abduction of the teen and Heeringa's case, despite reports that law enforcement were linking the two.
Heeringa, a gas station clerk, went missing April 26, 2013 right before she was set to close the Exxon Mobile station on Sternberg Road in Norton Shores, near Muskegon.
Back in 2013, police said Heeringa, 25, may have known her abductor because there was no sign of a struggle. However, tests done on blood droplets found at the gas station came back positive for Heeringa's blood.
A man called 911 when he arrived at the Exxon Mobile station and found it unattended.
"It's very suspicious that there's nobody here," he said. "I hollered, 'Hey!' you know, walked around the building. It's just, I don't know, I mean, they're supposed to be open ... the cashier is supposed to be there, but I don't see anybody."