NORTON SHORES, Mich. (April 26, 2014) — Friends gathered on Saturday afternoon in a parking lot right next to the gas station where Jessica Heeringa disappeared exactly a year ago. They said that they just want to keep her memory alive.
Josh West said that Heeringa and her son used to visit his home often.
“You got to have hope you know. I still believe she’s out there and whoever did this, just let her come home. Her family misses her,” said West.
Sara Way said that she never met Heeringa, but is deteremined to help in the search.
“I was listening to the police scanner when she disappeared and I just felt that I wanted to help find her in anyway that I could, and I’ve continued to follow her online and the case for the whole year,” said Way.
Way said that she helped search abondoned homes and fields in the days following Heeringa’s disappearance, hopeful she would be found.
“My heart goes out to them, you know how horrible I feel for her little boy and her mother that they are missing her. I kind of try to put myself in their shoes and I couldn’t imagine,” said Way.
The Norton Shores Police Department said that there are still several people of interest involving Heeringa’s disappearance, and are still being monitored by investigators.
Both West and Way said that with several theories about what happened to Heeringa, it is only deterring people from discovering the truth.
“It’s been up and down for everybody. There is a lot of stories out there and it’s hard to pick out the truthful stuff that we need to get good leads on,” said West.
“I think it’s very frustrating and angering that so many people are turning against each other, instead of working together as a community to find the truth,” said Way.