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Man charged with kidnapping also investigated in more cases

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A prosecutor says a western Michigan man charged with trying to abduct a girl is also being investigated in the disappearance of a gas station clerk and the fatal shooting of a jogger.

Jeffrey Willis was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and other crimes in an April incident involving a 16-year-old in Muskegon County's Fruitland Township.

She told investigators that she jumped out of Willis' van.

Willis' Muskegon-area home was searched Tuesday and another property was searched Wednesday. Bond was set at $1 million, and Willis asked for a lawyer.

Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says police are "following up leads" between Willis and the disappearance of Jessica Heeringa in 2013 and the 2014 death of Rebecca Bletsch.

Hilson says police found handcuffs and syringes possibly filled with sedatives in Willis' van.

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