Norton Shores Mayor: Citizens should not be afraid

6:54 PM, May 4, 2013   |    comments
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NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - For the past week, this lakeshore city has been in the news constantly, for an unflattering reason. The disappearance of Jessica Heeringa has dominated news coverage, and it's all emanated from Norton Shores.

But the apparent abduction of this young mother is an anomaly in this quiet community, and its mayor says people should not be fearful. It seems few are. "There's not been a lot of people from the community that said I'm locking my doors at night now, or I won't let my kids ride their bike or anything" said Mayor Gary Nelund Saturday.

There were no new developments in the case Saturday.

Nelund says his police officers are working long hours. "They're getting four and five hours of sleep a night because they said I would if it were my daughter, people would be doing the same thing for my kid."

Norton Shores has a low crime rate and is the only Muskegon County community to show population growth in the last census. For now though, the focus for the city's police department is one finding one person, Jessica Heeringa.

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