Prosecutor: Interviews of friends and family of suspect Jeffrey Willis continue

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Jeffrey Willis

NORTON SHORES, Mich. – The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office issued another update Wednesday in the investigation into an accused killer and kidnapper.

Jeffrey Willis is in custody and charged with the murder of Rebekah Bletsch in 2014 and a kidnapping attempt in April.  Willis is also a person-of-interest in the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa from a Norton Shores gas station in 2013.  She has not been seen since.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat issued a statement Wednesday evening that their investigation is continuing with interviews of Willis’ family, co-workers, friends and acquaintances. He acknowledged that one friend of Willis’ is a Norton Shores Police Officer.  That officer has also been interviewed.

Maat says that just because the officer and others were friends with Willis “in no way indicates wrongdoing” and that “implying any wrongdoing is reckless and irresponsible.”

Since there has been no wrongdoing in this instance, FOX 17 is not identifying the officer.

Attorneys of Jeffrey Willis and prosecutors are meeting Thursday in Muskegon. We’ll have more details on later editions of FOX 17 News.

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