NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) - A man who was cleared as a person of interest in the abduction of Jessica Heeringa was at the gas station where she works less than an hour before she vanished.
Jesse Ammerman, who is a regular customer at the gas station and knows Heeringa well, said he was at the Sternberg Road Exxon Mobil between 10:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday. That would have made him one of the last people to see Heeringa before she disappeared. Heeringa's last transaction of that night was 10:50 p.m. A 911 call reporting the station empty was made at 11:15 p.m.
He said he was called to the police station the night after Heeringa disappeared and was questioned as a person of interest.
"They asked if I took her somewhere. They asked if I knew who did," Ammerman said.
He said detectives asked him if Heeringa would just leave.
"She talked so much about her son and about her fiance and I thought, 'There's no way,'" said Ammerman.
Ammerman said he took a polygraph test over the weekend. He is one of four persons of interest who have been cleared in the case.
"To anyone who might know where she is, just let her come home to her family. I know her fiance's beside himself," said Ammerman. "And I don't think her son quite understands yet, but he needs his mom back."
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