Sketch of suspect in Michigan abduction released

Photo provided by Norton Shores, MI Police Dept
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 9:00am

Police have put a face with the description of a man suspected of kidnapping a Michigan gas station cashier.

Jessica Heeringa, 25, was abducted from an Exxon station in Norton Shores, where she was working alone sometime around 11 p.m. Friday, police have said.

Earlier they released a description of a suspect, a white male, about 6 feet tall, between 30 and 40 years old, with wavy hair parted in the middle. On Tuesday evening, police released a sketch of the suspect.

Police also are looking for a silver minivan -- possibly a Chrysler Town and Country -- that was seen at the gas station.

"We have one witness who placed that vehicle there and saw the driver. That's what we based that description on so far," Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw told CNN affiliate WOOD-TV.

Video from a nearby business showed the suspected minivan in the area around the time Heeringa went missing.

The video is blurry, the van is only seen for a few seconds, and neither a driver nor license plate can be seen.

"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," Shaw told WOOD. But it is something.

"It does give us some hope that we've got some accurate information out there to work with," he told the station.

Heeringa was scheduled to close the Exxon station where she was working alone at 11:30 p.m. Friday. But at 11:15, police got a 911 call that the station was unmanned.

"It's very suspicious why there's nobody here," the 911 caller says in a tape police released Monday.

The way the station was left, police say, led them to believe somebody abducted Heeringa.

"Her purse and other belongings were undisturbed. In addition, the store's cash drawer was found out and no money was missing," police said in a statement.

Heeringa is described as 5 feet 1 inches, 110 pounds with blond hair, blue eyes and wearing wire-rimmed glasses.

Heeringa's mother, Shelly Heeringa, told CNN affiliate WZZM-TV that she thinks her daughter's abductor was a past customer who knew Jessica and the store.

"She's very helpful, that's why I think he lured her out of the gas station," the mother told the station.


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