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canada goose store Jessica Lynn Heeringa was an engaged mother of a young son who disappeared from her job at an ExxonMobil station in Norton Shores, Michigan on April 26, 2013 and has not been seen or heard from since. She left behind her purse, jacket, cigarettes, money and car. Investigators also found a few drops of blood outside the gas station. Through a DNA analysis the blood was matched to Heeringa. canada goose outlet in new york They also found accessory parts to a gun near the blood. canada goose store

For the next three and a half years, a 75 member task force of 14 specialized divisions from 15 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies spent 12,000 man hours and conducted a massive investigation that included around 1,400 tips, 33 executed search warrants, 20 consensual residential searches, 12 ground searches, and two underwater searches.

Although Heeringa remains have not been found, a pair of male cousins have been charged in her disappearance. In September 2016, a 46 year old Muskegon Township resident named Jeffrey Willis was charged with her kidnapping and murder, canada goose jacket uk due to forensic evidence and eyewitness statements implicating him in her disappearance. Willis canada goose factory outlet cousin Kevin Bluhm pleaded guilty to lying to police during the Heeringa investigation and during the 2014 murder investigation and was sentenced to time served. On November 27, 2017, Bluhm pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact for helping Willis dispose of Heeringa body and was sentenced on January 9, 2018 to time served, plus five years probation and to wear a GPS tether for at least a year.

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A frequent female customer saw Heeringa working late at the station. The customer commented to Heeringa that she shouldn be alone that night and that her boyfriend should be there with her. She said a man overheard the women conversation and said, got her customers looking out for her too. She said that Heeringa of shook her head and started canada goose outlet authentic shivering like a chill went up her spine or canada goose jacket outlet store something. She then said Heeringa her usual happy self and she felt that was wrong so she parked outside the station until it closed. She saw the man leave that night.

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11:00 pm: An Exxon manager and her husband rode by the station and saw a man outside of a silver minivan acting suspiciously, repeatedly opening and closing its rear hatch. They then saw him drive away. They later described the man and his vehicle to police. 11:02 11:05 pm: Surveillance cameras from three different businesses recorded a silver Chrysler Town Country matching the couple description speeding away from the station. 11:10 pm: A canada goose outlet london man pulled up to the station and unsuccessfully attempted to buy gas with a credit card. After he was unable to find Heeringa in the store, he called 911. 11:25 pm: Police arrived canada goose outlet reviews at the station. In addition to Heeringa belongings, they found accessory parts to a gun near a puddle of blood outside the station. They soon ruled out robbery after they found over $400 in cash in Heeringa wallet, and discovered that no money in the register was missing. An hour later, a police K 9 searched the area but found nothing. Charges:

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canada goose black friday sale Pre trial hearings: On December 13, 2016, a Muskegon County judge ruled that Willis will stand trial for murder and kidnapping charges in Heeringa case. The judge decided there was enough evidence to call for a trial after four days of testimony during the preliminary hearing. Judge Raymond Kostrzewa canada goose outlet price noted evidence such as the folder on Willis computer titled which prosecutors say included a sub folder titled with her initials, photos of Heeringa, and the date of her disappearance. They also found necrophilia and murder porn videos downloaded from the internet some of which were simulated and some of which were real. canada goose black friday sale

Canada Goose sale Rebekah Bletsch murder: On May 25, 2016, Willis was charged with the murder of Rebekah Sue Bletsch, a 36 year old jogger whose body was found with three gunshots to the head near her home in Dalton Township on June 29, 2014. Shell casings found near her body matched a gun found in Willis minivan, where police also found disturbing photos of women bound and gagged, handcuffs, chains, ropes, and syringes including one with a liquid later identified as a powerful sedative. canada goose outlet online uk Another sub folder found inside the folder on Willis computer had pictures of Bletsch. Judge Kostrzewa denied bond for Willis and ordered him to remain in the Muskegon County Jail. Jury selection for the Bletsch murder trial began on October 17, 2017. On November 2, 2017, Jeffrey Willis was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Bletsch and of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to life without parole six weeks later. On March 9, 2018, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill that will canada goose outlet require convicted defendants to listen to victims impact statements at sentencing, which was inspired by Willis refusal to do so after the Bletsch trial. If passed by the Michigan Senate and signed by Governor Rick Snyder, it will be unofficially known as the Bletsch Law Canada Goose sale

Other charges: Willis is also charged with the attempted kidnapping of an unnamed 16 year old girl in Laketon Township on April 16, 2016, when she was lost and he let her use his phone and gave her a ride. After he pulled away, he locked doors and reached for what appeared to be a gun, but she managed to escape with minor injuries after she said she couldn breathe and convinced him to open her window.

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Kevin Bluhm: On June 21, 2016, Willis cousin Kevin Lavern Bluhm, a 47 canada goose outlet store uk year old Michigan Department of Corrections prison guard, was charged with lying to a police officer during a violent crime investigation after he told police information about Heeringa disappearance that was not made public but which he later recanted. He was charged with the same crime in connection with the Bletsch case. Bluhm pleaded guilty to both counts on August 26, 2016 and was later sentenced to time served.

canada goose clearance Bluhm was also charged with being an accessory after the fact when he admitted to investigators he saw Willis with Heeringa body and helped him bury her after she was sexually assaulted. Bluhm said Willis called him the day after Heeringa disappearance and said he had a woman and there was a party. Bluhm told police he saw Heeringa with an obvious head wound, face down, hands out, and tied. She was naked and wasn moving. He also told police he knew that had been following or watching Ms. Heeringa, and that he hit her which made her go unconscious to get her canada goose outlet us in the van, and that Willis had sex and used sexual toys and torture. He told investigators he and Willis wrapped Heeringa up in a sheet and drove her to an area on Sheridan Rd near Laketon Rd, where Willis had already placed shovels, and buried her in a hole that was already dug. Bluhm has been suspended without pay from his job as a sergeant at the West Shoreline Correctional Facility, a state prison in Muskegon Heights. On November 27, 2017, Bluhm pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact for helping Willis dispose of Heeringa body and was sentenced on January 9, 2018 to time served, plus five years probation and to wear canada goose outlet nyc a GPS tether for at least a year. canada goose clearance

buy canada goose jacket Jessica Law: On December 9, 2013, a Michigan House of Representatives Bill was announced titled the Jessica Heeringa act, or alternately Jessica Law. It was requested by Heeringa parents, introduced by Representative Collene Lamonte and sponsored by Marcia Hovey Wright and several other Michigan legislature members. The bill requires gas stations and convenience stores that are open between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am to install and maintain a security camera system or to have at least two employees on shift during these hours. The bill would establish a civil fine of not more than $200 for each violation. Businesses excluded from Jessica Law include hotels, taverns, restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, supermarkets or businesses that have more than 10,000 square feet of retail space. buy canada goose jacket

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