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Police conduct intense search; kidnapping suspect charged

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A western Michigan man has been charged with trying to abduct a teenager who needed to make a phone call.

Jeffrey Willis' arrest preceded a search of his home Tuesday in Muskegon Township and another search Wednesday at a home in Norton Shores. A relative is listed as the owner.

Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler says investigators have made no link between Willis and the 2013 disappearance of Jessica Heeringa, who was working at a gas station in Norton Shores. But a Norton Shores police detective was present during the search.

Lt. Michael Kasher tells WOOD-TV he's "riding on the coattails" of the Willis case.

Police say a 16-year-old girl jumped out of Willis' van last month in northern Muskegon County. He doesn't have a lawyer yet.

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