Police make brief phone contact in missing-woman case

UPDATE 8/31/19:  The Kent County Sheriff’s Office says Marta still had not been located as of Saturday morning, but “brief phone contact” was made. And the blue Ford Mustang convertible has been recovered. “We now believe the couple to be travelling in a white Chevrolet panel van with registration plate of CBM 0449.”


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in searching for a missing and endangered woman.

Marta Jo Hieshetter, 65, was last seen by family around 3:30 p.m. Thursday near Knapps Corner. She is about 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds, and usually wears a black long-sleeved shirt and black pants.

Authorities say she has dementia and is in treatment for cancer and is in danger without her medications.

Hieshetter may be with 66-year-old Frederick Stampone, who was last seen in khaki cargo shorts and a white golf shirt with horizontal navy stripes.

Police originally said they might be in a blue Mustang convertible with a Michigan license plate. That vehicle has since been recovered.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 616-632-6100 (option 1) or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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