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 Norton 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.
Norton 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.