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      Task force scaled back in Heeringa search

      Police looking for 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa who disappeared from her job at a West Michigan gas station say they've scaled back a task force handling the case.

      Police looking for a 25-year-old woman who disappeared from her job at a West Michigan gas station say they've scaled back a task force handling the case.

      Norton Shores police Chief Dan Shaw tells The Muskegon Chronicle the task force still is "actively investigating." His agency is heading up the search for Jessica Heeringa and he says the task force now includes Norton Shores police and state police investigators.

      Shaw says the "reduction in staffing" is due to a "decrease in the volume of new tips."

      Heeringa disappeared April 26 before she was set to close the station in Norton Shores, near Muskegon. Police say her purse was found inside the store and the cash register was left untouched.

      Heeringa's blood was later found outside of the gas station.

      Police have released a description of a silver minivan and a man seen in the area.

      Heeringa's disappearance sparked a debate over whether or not businesses should be required to have video surveillance systems to protect store employees.