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Jessica Heeringa Missing Update: Friends, family reportedly searching for missing mother

Jessica Heeringa CBS Detroit WWJ

Jessica Heeringa disappeared from a Michigan gas station Friday, police say.
CBS Detroit WWJ

(CBS) - Police in Michigan say they have a suspect in the case of a 25-year-old mother they believe was abducted Friday from a gas station where she worked, reports the Detroit Free Press.

PICTURES: Mich. mom vanishes from gas station

Officials believe Jessica Heeringa was closing the gas station in Norton Shores, Mich., when she was abducted, according to CBS affiliate WWJ.

Heeringa's friends and family have formed a search party, reports the Detroit Free Press. They are also working to post her photograph on street corners and businesses in West Michigan.

Police are now searching for a silver minivan, which may be a Chrysler Town and Country, that was seen at the station before Heeringa's disappearance.

The Chrysler minivan raised suspicions because it may have been there in the past, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Shelly Heeringa, the missing woman's mother, told the paper she believes the alleged abductor may have been a past customer of the gas station.

"She's very helpful, that's why I think he lured her out of the gas station," Heeringa said, according to the paper.

Police are describing the driver of the van as a white male, between 30 and 40 years old, about six feet tall, with a medium to heavy build and broad shoulders. The driver had light brown or sandy blonde wavy hair and was last seen wearing a bright red or orange sweatshirt, reports MLive.

Heeringa is described as a white female, about five feet, one inch tall and 110 pounds, with shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes. She reportedly wears wire rimmed glasses and may be wearing a blue collared shirt labeled with "Sternberg Exxon."

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity near the Exxon Mobil gas station is asked to contact Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME (231-722-7463) or call 911.

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