Jessica Heering was last seen at the Exxon Mobil gas station on April 26.
NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Blood discovered outside the gas station in west Michigan where a 25-year-old woman vanished came from Jessica Heeringa, who has been missing nearly two weeks.
Investigators found a small amount of blood outside the Exxon Mobil on East Sternberg Road in Norton Shores, where Heeringa disappeared during her shift April 26, Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw said Wednesday.
"We've got to find her," he said. "She's hurt."
Police, who said DNA analysis determined the blood came from Heeringa, have not said where it was found, but said the development in the case confirms Heeringa was abducted.
"We have no idea how she was injured," Shaw said.
Heeringa's grandmother told the Free Press the news still gives the family hope, since the amount of blood found was small.
"If she had been mortally injured, I'm sure there would be more blood at the scene," Diane Homrich said. "And it also proves to us that she was fighting, that she did not go willingly and she evidently put up a struggle."
Homrich said police could not tell the family how fresh the blood was.
She said it could have been from an old injury, but Heeringa's fiancé, Dakotah Quail-Dyer, told family members Heeringa had not been injured recently, leading them to believe the blood came from the night she vanished.
Authorities have said they believe Heeringa, the mother of a 3-year-old boy, was abducted near the end of her shift because there were no signs of a struggle in the station, and several of her belongings were left behind.
"I think we all feel that he's from this community and someone that probably she knew from coming into the service station," Homrich said. "If somebody she knew had said, 'Hey can you come here a minute, I need help for some reason,' she would have gone out to help."
Officials want to find the driver of a silver or gray minivan seen near the Exxon Mobil around the time of Heeringa's disappearance and released two pieces of surveillance video from businesses last week showing the van, as well as a sketch of the man seen driving it.
They have also obtained cell phone data, are following up on tips, working leads, trying to locate more video and enhance other video, Shaw said.
"We're working to find Jessica, bring her home, get her medical treatment, and return her to her family," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Observer, an anonymous tip line, at 231-722-7463 or the Norton Shores Police Department at 231-733-2691.
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