T-shirt worn by supporter of the search for Jessica Heeringa. (Photo by WZZM 13's Phil Dawson)
NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- During the six-day search for Jessica Heeringa, we've heard from her mother, sisters, grandparents and fiancé, but not her father.
Jessica's mother and father are divorced and estranged. Even though he prefers to keep a low profile, her father says he cares deeply for his missing daughter.
He and his side of the family were part of the crowd at the prayer vigil for Jessica Tuesday.
"People are coming up to me saying 'Why aren't they saying anything about the dad and other people? Why doesn't that dad care?' Well he does care!" Family friend Christina Jenkins told WZZM 13. "He's never mentioned because he is estranged from the mother. I just want everyone to know there is a whole other side to Jessie's family and we are it, and we are all here supporting her, love her, and miss her just as much as everybody else."
If you know anything about the Jessica Heeringa case, you can help by calling Norton Shores Police or Silent Observer at (231) 72-CRIME. There is a $15,000 reward in the case.