Police check for link between abduction, murder

Jessica Heeringa (File photo)
Jessica Heeringa (File photo)

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) – Police say they are investigating whether there is any connection between a Norton Shores woman who was abducted and a Wyoming murder suspect.

Monday, Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw told 24 Hour News 8 his department is working to see if there is a link between Jessica Heeringa and Brady Oestrike.

“We’ve been in contact and shared our info with them,” Shaw said. “MSP personnel who worked on our task force are assisting Wyoming PD.”

Heeringa went missing on April 26, 2013 from her job at the Exxon Mobil gas station on Sternberg Road in Norton Shores. Despite numerous tips, police said they have not received or discovered the necessary information to lead them to Heeringa or her abductor.

Brady Oestrike (Undated photo)
(Brady Oestrike)

Oestrike is suspected in the deaths of Charlie Oppenneer, 25, his 18-year-old girlfriend Brooke Slocum and their unborn child.

Oppenneer’s body was found Wednesday in Wyoming’s Gezon Park, and one day later, Slocum’s body was found in Oestrike’s trunk after he crashed his car and a committed suicide, police said.

Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody said investigators found an email exchange between Slocum and Oestrike that said the couple and Oestrike were to meet at Gezon Park on Saturday to have sex.

Police said Oestrike held Slocum captive at his Wyoming home from Saturday until Thursday and then strangled her.

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