The search began rapidly as concerned police threw all they had at their disposal to find the mother of a young son and devastated fiancé both waiting for her at home.
For three years the police would search, using a 75-member task force that encompassed specialized divisions, such as behavioral sciences, technical services, aviation, and intelligence services. They followed up on more than 1,000 tips, executed over 30 warrants, performed ground, and underwater searches, and conducted searches on 20 residences.
The tight-knit community looked as well, as flyers began being posted on almost every business. But what was even more heart-wrenching for the community was the constant presence of Heeringa's mother who could be found week after week, close to the site of her child's abduction, handing out flyers and asking residents to report anything they can think of.
Ever hopeful her mother declined requests for memorial events for her daughter. She was sure one day she would walk through the door and back into her arms. Unfortunately, it was a reunion that would never occur.