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Prosecutor to give update on Jessica Heeringa case

Jessica Heeringa (File photo)
Jessica Heeringa (File photo)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The Muskegon prosecutor says he will provide an update on the Jessica Heeringa investigation during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Police say Heeringa was abducted from the Norton Shores gas station where she worked in April 2013 and has never been seen since.

Jeffrey Willis is a person of interest in the disappearance of Heeringa. A Michigan State Police report says that investigators think he killed her and a police source told 24 Hour News 8 there was a file bearing her name in a folder labeled “VICS” (short for victims) on his computer. However, Willis has so far not been called a suspect in the Heeringa case. A law enforcement source said police don’t yet have enough evidence to charge him.

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Surveillance images of a silver minivan and a composite sketch of the driver that police were seeking in connection to Jessica Heeringa’s abduction. (File)

Willis owns a silver minivan similar to the one police were searching for in the Heeringa case, his co-workers said he frequented her gas station, and a source said he wasn’t at work in the days after police say she was abducted.

Willis’s cousin, Kevin Bluhm, admitted to lying to police in the Bletsch murder investigation and also in connection to Willis’ alleged involvement in Heeringa’s disappearance. He is expected to be sentenced at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

24 Hour News 8 will have live coverage of the press conference on-air and online.

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