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Mich. law changes considered after clerk vanishes

May 2nd, 2013 - State News

— Some Michigan lawmakers are considering whether surveillance cameras or other security measures should be required at certain businesses following the disappearance of a 25-year-old mother and gas station night clerk.

Police said there was no surveillance video at the Exxon Mobil gas station in Norton Shores where Jessica Heeringa was working when she disappeared Friday.

Democratic state Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon, Republican state Sen. Goeff Hansen of Hart and Democratic state Rep. Collene Lamonte of Montague tell The Muskegon Chronicle (http://bit.ly/12qVxVd ) that they'll explore ways to get a law in place to protect convenience store employees.

Hansen says Heeringa's disappearance brought the issue to light.

Police have released portions of two surveillance videos from other area businesses showing a silver or gray Chrysler minivan, but they offer little detail.

Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil and others have donated $15,000 to a reward program established following the disappearance of a 25-year-old mother and gas station night clerk.

The reward might help prompt tips in the search for Jessica Heeringa, who was last seen Friday.

Police on Wednesday released a second surveillance video showing a van that's believed to be connected to the disappearance. A surveillance video earlier was released from a tavern near the suspected abduction site.

Both videos show a silver or gray Chrysler minivan.

Also Wednesday, Norton Shores police Chief Daniel Shaw says investigators questioned and released the driver of a silver minivan after getting tips about him.

There were no signs of a struggle at the Exxon Mobil gas station in Norton Shores where Heeringa was working when she disappeared.

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