Jessica Heeringa search continues in Norton Shores, Mich.

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By Mitch Fick

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WXMI/CNN) - Michigan authorities have new leads in the abduction of a young mother.

The victim was closing up shop at the Muskegon County gas station where she worked Friday when she vanished.

"We are now prepared to reclassify this case as an abduction or a kidnapping under Michigan law," said Chief San Shaw of the Norton Shores Police Department.

That's the conclusion Norton Shores police have come to after a day's worth of investigating the disappearance of 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, who was working as a clerk at the Exxon Mobil station on East Sternberg Friday night.

"It appears that Jessica was preparing to close the store when this incident occurred," said Chief Shaw. "Her purse and other belongings were found in the store undisturbed, along with cash in her purse. In addition, the cash box or tray for the cash register was also left out and there was no money missing."

Just Jessica was gone, mother to a 3-year-old son.

Police say the gas station didn't have security cameras installed at the time of the abduction.

Chief Shaw says authorities are looking for a silver minivan. It might be a Chrysler Town and Country model.

"A passerby had observed this vehicle near the store, parked near the store, and then observed the vehicle driving away," said Chief Shaw.

They're also looking for a white male somewhere between 30 and 40-years-old, medium to heavy build, with broad shoulders, and light brown or sandy blonde hair. Chief Shaw says there's a chance Jessica knew the person that took her.

"As a store clerk, she has contact with a lot of people," said Chief Shaw. "Most of the people who have talked to us so far have indicated that she's a very pleasant person, very sociable, so she engages in conversation with all of her customers, so it's very possible that she may have known this person."

Heeringa's family says she was working at the gas station taking on extra shifts, just trying to make ends meet after her fiancé got laid off.


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