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All-day prayer vigil held for family of Jessica Heeringa
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Even those who have never met Jessica Heeringa can sympathize with her story.
"It could have been my daughter," said Nancy Harriman, who was at the vigil Tuesday. "It could have been anybody's daughter."
Harriman says that's why she decided to approach Bridge Bible Church about an all-day prayer vigil for Jessica and her family.
"I knew they'd be all about it," Harriman said. "Because they not only opened the sanctuary for me, they also did all my flyers for me."
But she knew she had to reach out to the Heeringa family first.
"I wanted them to put a face with the person who was doing it," she explained. "I wanted her to know my intentions were genuine."
And for eight hours Tuesday, like minded people like Carrie Mitchell cycled through.
Mitchell has been trying to help the Heeringa family bring Jessica home with the help of social media, ever since she went missing.
Norton Shores Police say the tips they're getting now are largely based in theory rather than fact, and every suspect and lead has been examined and exhausted.
The lack of answers and the thought of those left behind has shaken the community.
The Norton Shores Chief of Police says they are continuing to follow every lead, and they are looking for more legitimate tips from the public to help generate new leads.
He also wants to remind people that the cash reward to bring Heeringa home safely is now between $16,000 and $17,000, and continues to grow.