Blood of missing clerk found outside gas station
Police in western Michigan say a small amount of blood found outside a gas station belonged to a 25-year-old woman who disappeared from her job as a night clerk there.
Norton Shore police Chief Daniel Shaw said in a statement Wednesday that investigators found "a small amount of blood" at a location "outside of the Exxon Mobil station."
Shaw says a state police lab DNA analysis confirms it was the blood of Jessica Heeringa.
Heeringa disappeared April 26 before she was set to close the station in Norton Shores, near Muskegon.
Her purse was found in the station. The cash register was untouched.
Police have released a description of a silver minivan and a man seen in the area.
Shaw says police continue seeking tips in the case.
Heeringa's disappearance has sparked debate over whether gas stations and other businesses should be required to have surveillance cameras. State Representative Colleen LaMonte, D-Montague, says they are considering offering tax incentives to businesses in return for adding surveillance.
â??We donâ??t want to add a burden on businessesâ?¦offer them a tax break that would help them deflect the cost of installing security cameras so they can both provide a safer work environment for their employees as well as help them with their own issuesâ?¦when you have security cameras, the cost of your insurance goes down,â?? Rep. Lamonte said.
A bill is currently being drafted.