Lawmakers consider surveillance camera requirement after clerk vanishes

Lawmakers are considering a law to require surveillance cameras at certain businesses after a gas station clerk disappeared Friday night.

Some Michigan lawmakers are considering whether surveillance cameras or other security measures should be required at certain businesses following the disappearance of a 25-year-old mother and gas station night clerk.

Police said there was no surveillance video at the Exxon Mobil gas station in Norton Shores where Jessica Heeringa was working when she disappeared Friday.

Democratic state Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon, Republican state Sen. Geoff Hansen of Hart and Democratic state Rep. Collene Lamonte of Montague tell the Muskegon Chronicle that they'll explore ways to get a law in place to protect convenience store employees.

Hansen says Heeringa's disappearance brought the issue to light.

Police have released portions of two surveillance videos from other area businesses showing a silver or gray Chrysler minivan, but they offer little detail. Officials said it appeared Heeringa was preparing to close the gas station Friday night when she was taken. They found her purse with cash inside and said no money was missing from the register.

The driver of the vehicle is described as a white man, 30-40 years old. He is about 6 feet tall with center-parted light brown, wavy hair.

Exxon-Mobil has donated $15,000 to establish a reward program for the search efforts.

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