Exclusive: Fox 17 Sits Down with Jessica Heeringa’s Dad

Jessica Heeringa croppedKENT CITY, Mich.-  We’ve seen Jessica Heeringa’s family out at their command center for the past two weeks but no one’s heard from her father, until now.

The past two weeks have been excruciating for Jessica’s Dad and Stepmom, Pete and Christina Jenkins.  Pete says, “My daughters gone and nobody knows where she is.”  He hasn’t seen Jessica in seven months saying distance and losing touch are to blame. “I just want her back, that’s all.” Pete says.

Police say Jessica was abducted while working at the Exxon Gas Station in Norton Shores.  Pete and Christina didn’t know she was working alone.  Pete says, “There should have been somebody there with her.  She worked at the Sparta Gas Station, but she was never alone.”

Jessica lived with Pete and Christina from ages 12-17, then moved back in when she found out she was pregnant with Zeven.  The Jenkin’s say that was a special time for them, “Going to doctors appointments with her, ya know and being there when the baby was born, it was great,” Pete says.

Pete says Jessica gets her love for music, especially The Beatles, from him.  He says he spends time in his music room to feel closer to her, “I feel helpless, my hands are tied.”

But, Pete says he has hope the right tip will come in soon, “I want the tips to be checked out and keep coming…I want her face to be on the news.”

The Jenkin’s met with the investigation team that’s working around the clock to bring her home.  They’re in constant communication with them, hanging on every new development.  Pete says,”I can’t thank them enough.”

They’re hoping and praying that Jessica will soon be home, Christina says, “Jessie’s a little fighter, I mean, she’s a fighter, if she can get out of what she’s in, she will definitely get out of it, and that’s what we’re holding on to now.”

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15 comments

  • Robin

    That anchor woman made me so mad "After two weeks, why is he just coming forward NOW?" really??? Because he was not comfortable talking in front of news cameras, she assumes that he has not been involved? That his heart isn't broken too? RUDE. And so unprofessional. So glad the reporter spoke up for him.

  • Terry

    Wow, great job on this story. You were very compassionate in showing a fathers grief over losing his little girl, pulling their shared love of music was a very nice touch, it is memories like that that will help pull him through this ordeal. It was very nice to be able to see this side of the family, most people probably felt Jessica's father was a dead beat that was not involved in her life, but because of your story we now know that she spent many years with him. I am a father of two beautiful young professional women; I can only imagine what Jessica's father is going through. I love your reporting Ann Marie; you always provide the complete story with a style that is uniquely "Ann Marie".

  • Brian

    Come forward he was far away what would he have to offer a news report if this were my kid why would I want to trot for you in front of a camera. These people owe you people nothing.

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