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By The Associated Press
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 10:03 p.m.

NORTON SHORES, Mich. — Western Michigan authorities said on Sunday they believe a 25-year-old gas station clerk was abducted as she prepared to close for the day, and they released a description of a vehicle and a man seen in the area.

Police in the Muskegon suburb of Norton Shores held a news conference and asked for clues in the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa.

Norton Shores police Chief Dan Shaw said it appears Heeringa was preparing to close the Exxon Mobil on Friday night, and WOOD-TV reported. Police said customers found the station open but no employees around.

Police found Heeringa's purse with cash inside and other belongings at the station. No money was missing from the register, they said.

Police were searching for a silver minivan, possibly a Chrysler Town & Country. They say the driver was a white man, age 30-40, about 6 feet tall, with center-parted, light brown wavy hair.

Heeringa is described as 5-foot-1 and 110 pounds with blonde hair.

Shelly Heeringa said she told her daughter several times that she worried about her working late by herself.

“She said, ‘Mom, don't worry. I can handle anybody,' ” Shelly Heeringa said.

There were no security cameras operating at the station at the time of Jessica Heeringa's disappearance.

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