Jessica Ridgeway was abducted on October 5th, 2012. She was found 5 days later, murdered and dismembered and her killer is still on the loose. A Facebook page was created to spread the word on her disappearance, now the page is a memorial for the Colorado girl. To join and/or view the page, click: Jessica Ridgeway Missing From Westminster, CO

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Update: 10/24/12 WESTMINSTER, CO — Local Teenager Arrested In Abduction And Murder Of Jessica Ridgeway: 

 A teenager who lived just a mile from a 10-year-old Colorado girl who was abducted and killed earlier this month has been arrested in her death, along with a May attack on a runner, authorities said Wednesday.

Police in the Denver suburb of Westminster said they took 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg into custody on Tuesday night after receiving a phone call, apparently from his mother, that led them to Sigg. He was officially arrested Wednesday.

Westminster Police Department: Mugshot of 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg

Reached by phone, Sigg’s mother told The Associated Press he turned himself in.

“I made the phone call, and he turned himself in. That’s all I have to say,” said Mindy Sigg, before she broke down in tears and hung up.

Police announced the arrest as agents searched the home of Sigg, a student at Arapahoe Community College. Authorities declined to elaborate on the arrest and have released few details about the investigation. Court documents have been sealed, but a police custody report said Sigg was cooperative when he was arrested and waived his rights.

Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 while walking to school. Her remains were found five days later in a field at a park, and police said her body was “not intact.”

The arrest case came a day after police said Jessica’s abduction was linked to the May 28 attempted kidnapping of a 22-year-old runner at another area park, the Ketner Lake Open Space.

In that case, a woman fought off a stranger who grabbed her from behind and put a rag that smelled of chemicals over her mouth, authorities said. Westminster investigator Trevor Materasso said Tuesday police haven’t been able to determine if the substance on the rag was meant to subdue the woman.

Authorities didn’t say why they think the two cases are connected, but they noted Sigg will be charged in both crimes. His first court appearance is set for 8 a.m. Thursday.

As technicians in white coveralls searched Sigg’s home, neighbors described the 17-year-old as a quiet, goth boy who often work black clothes.

“He was shy and kept to himself,” said Brooke Olds, 13, who usually saw Sigg alone on a skateboard or scooter.

Sigg attended Witt Elementary — the same school Jessica went to — but he moved on to middle school in 2007, before she enrolled, Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman Lynn Setzer said.

Jessica was on her way to Witt when she disappeared.

Sigg later attended Standley Lake High School while also taking classes at Warren Tech, a school that offers specialized training in health science, public safety, technology and other fields.

Sigg left the school district in July after finishing the 11th grade and later earned a GED. School officials don’t know why he left.

Arapahoe Community College officials confirmed that he was enrolled there but refused to say what campus he attended or what he was studying.

Police said they notified the Ridgeway family of the arrest Wednesday morning. Jessica lived in Westminster with her mother, Sarah Ridgeway. Jessica’s father, Jeremiah Bryant, lives in Missouri.

“We hope and pray that this arrest brings them some measure of closure in dealing with this enormous loss that they’ve suffered,” Police Chief Lee Birk said.

The also arrest brought relief to the community, which has been on edge as authorities searched for Jessica’s killer. More parents have been waiting with their children at bus stops, and high school students have volunteered to walk younger children to school to keep them safe.

“Every parent in every Colorado community will rest a little easier tonight,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has a 10-year-old son. “While we still mourn the death of Jessica Ridgeway, we are relieved an arrest has been made and the pursuit of justice can continue.”

A steady stream of people have paid their respects to Jessica at a memorial to her at a park near her home. It has been decorated with flowers, balloons and stuffed animals.

Jessica was walking down a quiet street in her modest neighborhood when she was last seen alive. Her school backpack was found three days later in Superior, another Denver suburb about seven miles northwest of her home.

After Jessica’s disappearance, more than 1,000 officers and 10 agencies, including the FBI, investigated the case, following up on more than 4,000 leads.

Authorities had long said Jessica’s killer could be someone from the community. But early on, they didn’t seem to have any particular suspect in mind. They asked residents to be on the lookout for anything suspicious from their bosses, friends and family members, watching for things like leaving home unexpectedly, missing appointments or changing their appearance.

Source: News.Yahoo.Com

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Update: 10/23/12 – WESTMINSTER, CO — Definite Link Between Attempted May Abduction And The Abduction & Murder Of Jessica Ridgeway According To Westminster Police:  

WESTMINSTER — Police confirmed a definitive connection between the attempted abduction of an adult jogger on Memorial Day near Ketner Lake and the murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

However Westminster police investigator Trevor Materasso would not say what that link is.

“Police need to preserve the integrity of the investigation as much as possible,” he said Monday afternoon.

Westminster police held a meeting with television news directors Monday afternoon to ask them to use more discretion about the details being reported about the case.

On Sunday night, Fox 31 reported elements of the case, attributed to unnamed sources, that Materasso told The Denver Post contained “bad information.”

“We are confident in the accuracy of our story and stand by it 100 percent,” Fox 31’s Vice President of News Ed Kosowski said.

One part of the report said a grocery store receipt for garbage bags was found in Pattridge Park Open Space in Arvada, near where Jessica’s body was found Oct. 10. Materasso said no receipts were found in that area or at Ketner Lake Open Space, near Jessica’s Westminster home. He said employees at a King Soopers store have been interviewed, but “what led us to talk to them was related to a different tip.”

He would not talk about forensic elements of the case, including the results of tests of DNA samples. Nor would he discuss anything about Jessica’s backpack, which was discovered in the Superior neighborhood of Rock Creek three days after she disappeared.

He did say what was described as hair by a person walking in a field about a mile from where Jessica’s remains were found in Pattridge Park had been collected.

“We are asking people to understand that some of this needs to be withheld,” Materasso said.

On Friday, police released a photo of a small wooden cross that could have been worn as a pendant. The cross has zig-zag markings on one side, and three distinct lines etched on the crossbar of the other side. Materasso said police have received many calls about that cross, but he asked people to focus on the unique markings, rather than on the size or shape of the object.

Hundreds of investigators are poring over evidence gathered during the days of searching that followed Jessica’s disappearance as she walked to school in her Westminster neighborhood the morning of Oct. 5.

Last week, police renewed their calls for tips from people who might have information related to the Memorial Day attempted abduction of a jogger on Ketner Lake Open Space. That woman told police that a man attempted to cover her face with a chemical-soaked rag. She was able to escape.

She described her attacker as an 18 to 30 year-old light-skinned male with brown hair and a medium build, about 5-feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Anyone with tips about Jessica’s murder, or about the Memorial Day attack is asked to call Westminster Police at 303-658-4336 or email toPDamberalert@cityofwestminster.us.com

Source of above article: Denverpost

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Update: 10/19/12 WESTMINSTER, CO — Westminster Police Are looking into an Attempted May Abduction of a Young Woman as They Continue To Investigate Jessica Ridgeway’s Abduction And Murder:

The Westminster Police Department has announced that it is exploring the possibility of a connection between the abduction and murder of Colorado girl Jessica Ridgeway, 10, and an attempted abduction of a woman, 22, at Ketner Lake in May 2012.

According to Westminster Police Spokesman Trevor Materasso, “It’s not very far from where Jessica was abducted.” Police believe that the close proximity, about a mile, and time frame of the incidents may yield similar clues in the two cases.

Materasso continued, “We want to look at those two characteristics and see if anybody has information they could provide.”

The young woman told police that her abductor jumped her from behind while she was jogging, and put a rag over her face that had a strong chemical smell.

Profiler Clint Van Zandt added, “There’s always the possibility that because he failed in his attempt to kidnap an adult woman he may have gone to someone he felt more in control of, and that’s a younger child.”

Westminster Police have released a description of the assailant at the lake: He is a light-skinned male; he could be as young as 18 to anywhere into his 30′s, and may have been wearing a ball cap that made him look that age; he has brown hair, a medium build, and is around 5′ 6″ to 5′ 8.” Another such incident occurred at the same lake in 2010.

Investigators are reportedly examining all the attempted abduction in the area for connections to the Ridgeway case.

Anyone with any information should call the Westminster Police Department tip center at 303-658-4336 or email to: PDamberalert@cityofwestminster.us

Above article source: Trutv (Crime Library) by Cora Van Olsen Published Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

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Updated: 10/16/12 Arvada, ColoradoCommunity gathers in Arvada for Jessica Ridgeway Memorial:

Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada was awash in purple Tuesday night as family, friends and the community gathered to remember a 10-year-old girl who disappeared as she headed for school and whose body was found several days later.

Jessica Ridgeway’s favorite color was purple. The church filled rapidly beneath large video screens filled with Jessica’s picture. At about 7:05 p.m., her family entered and were seated at the front of the crowd. Pastor Rick Long welcomed the crowd and began a video montage of photos, accompanied by some of Jessica’s favorite songs. Gov. John Hickenlooper said he was proud to be at the lecturn, wearing a bright purple shirt in honor of Jessica. He told the mourners that the challenge was to keep their focus on the light that was Jessica’s. “What a remarkable, remarkable spirit.” he said.

Jessica’s aunt, Becca Ridgeway, said her niece’s life was short, but it was sweet.

Westminster Police Department Chief Lee Birk said he was there to represent the hundreds of law enforcement officers who are still working on the case. He said he conveyed a message of “peace and love” to Jessica’s family from law enforcement and promised the family that officers would diligently keep on the case and get “justice for Jessica.”

Sen. Michael Bennet attended the service but did not speak.

Ridgeway disappeared from her Westminster home on Friday, Oct. 5., when she walked out the front door to walk to her nearby elementary school. Her body was found on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Pattridge Park in Arvada, several miles from her Westminster home.

Officials identified the body Friday and promised they were looking for the person who killed her. Police do not suspect Jessica’s family. Investigators are focusing on an at-large, unknown predator. Leads in the case have been slim, despite hundreds of tips that detectives have received through dedicated phone lines and internet e-mail boxes set up for the case.

Over the weekend about 1,000 people gathered in the rain and wind in Westminster where they held hands and prayed for the girl. Purple balloons were released into the stormy sky. Memorial sites have also sprung up at Chelsea Park, down the block from Jessica’s home where she would meet friends to walk to school with; and at the site in Pattridge Park where her body was found. Faith Bible Chapel has a capacity of about 4,000

 Source of above article: denverpost
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(Article written and published by dailymail, link posted below)

Updated: 10/12/12 Denver, COBody Discovered IS Missing Colorado Girl, Jessica Ridgeway:

A dismembered body found in a park in a  Denver suburb has been confirmed as that of missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway  – while her killer remains at large.

Jessica Ridgeway

Photo of Jessica Ridgeway holding a doll shortly before her abduction and murder.

Authorities had initially been unable to  confirm the identity of the body, which was found on Wednesday seven miles from  where she vanished on October 5, as it was not ‘intact’, they said.

They have now used DNA to identify the body  as hers.

‘Our focus has changed from the search for  Jessica to a mission of justice for Jessica,’ Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk  said on Friday. ‘We realise there is a predator at large in our  community.’

Police have not yet arrested a suspect and on  Thursday, the FBI’s  Behavioral Analysis Unit released a list of changes that a  person  committing a crime against a child would exhibit.

Sudden  differences in appearance, missed  appointments, being absent from work,  or leaving town with no explanation could  suggest guilt, the guidelines said.

Analyst Clinton Van Zandt said other clues  are activities that are out of character, such  as a person who may have  detailed their car when he normally would have  only washed it.

‘It could be your boss, it could be your  friend, and ultimately it could be your family member,’ FBI spokesman Dave Joly  said. ‘Bring this  information to law enforcement and let us vet that to a  close.’

Joly said agents are searching for a man,  based on statistics for this type of crime.

Police have ruled out as suspect Jessica’s  parents – Sarah Ridgeway, who lives in Colorado, and Jeremiah Bryant, who lives  in Missouri – and believe Jessica was kidnapped by a ‘unknown  suspect’.

Ridgeway disappeared on Friday morning but an  amber alert was  not issued until the evening when her mother woke up after  recovering  from a night shift and realized she had not returned.

She had last seen her daughter her walking to  a park to meet friends to go to school. Yet the girl never arrived at school,  sparking a frantic search involving hundreds of law enforcement officials.

‘It’s so close to home,’ said Chelsea Bozsak, a senior at nearby Standley Lake High School, where Jessica’s cousin attends classes. ‘That it could have happened to anyone in the community is scary.’

Fliers about the fifth-grader were posted on  nearly every house in  Jessica’s neighborhood of modest, two-story homes with  single-car  garages.

Purple ribbons, Jessica’s favorite color and  a symbol of hope  for her return, were tied around trees.

It was a lively area where children played  outdoors, said neighbor Luis Pena, but since Jessica disappeared, parents are  keeping  their children inside and people look at each other with suspicion.

‘Nobody trusts anybody anymore,’ he said.

The only real clue police have revealed in  Jessica’s disappearance is  the discovery over the weekend of a backpack and  water bottle that she  had with her when she disappeared.

Police won’t discuss what was found  in the  bag or test results on it but the items were found in the town of Superior, six  miles from Jessica’s home.

At about 5pm on Wednesday, dozens of officers  flooded into Pattridge Park in  Arvada, combing the foot of a hill,  walking no more than five feet apart, reportedly working on a credible  tip.

After the body was found, police covered it  in a sheet and used the flood  lights from a firetruck to illuminate the crime  scene so they could work late into the night.

The focus of their search was an  abandoned  cabin that appeared to have been part of a former mining  operation. The area is  now a popular park where neighbors often come to  hike, ride bicycles and fly  model airplanes.

Several new housing developments are close to  the park and a busy highway runs alongside it.

Police said they are not suspicious that  Jessica’s parents, who are divorced and fighting a custody battle over her, had  any involvement in the disappearance.

‘At this point in the investigation,  after  thoroughly looking at the parents, we’re confident they’re not  involved in the  disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway,’ Materasso said on  Wednesday afternoon. ‘The  focus shifts to [an] unknown suspect.’

The girl’s mother Sarah Ridgeway and  Jeremiah Bryant, the girl’s father,  spoke out on Tuesday, denying any involvement in her disappearance.

‘I know I didn’t do anything. Everybody  that’s here knows I didn’t do  anything,’ said Jessica Ridgeway’s mother, Sarah,  surrounded by  relatives dressed in purple – her daughter’s favorite  color.

She added, ‘Nobody in this room did anything  to harm her or a tiny hair on her little head.’

Sarah Ridgeway was joined by ten  family  members, among them her ex-husband, Jeremiah Bryant, who said  that when  questioned by the FBI if his former spouse could have anything to do with the  10-year-old’s disappearance, he said ‘no.’

‘I don’t see how any parent could do  something like that to their child,’ Bryant added, according to Fox31.

Family problems: Jessica's mother and father have been locked in a custody dispute over the little girl after the couple separated

Jessica’s parents (pictured) have been locked in a Custody dispute since their separation. Both are over-whelmed with grief.

Appearing composed for most of the  38-minute-long pubic statement, the girl’s mother told a reporter that  she  understands that police need to conduct an investigation before they eliminate  her from the list of potential suspects.

‘I know it’s something that has to get done,’  she said. ‘The have to get it out of there.’

On Tuesday, police released pictures and a  home video of Jessica Ridgeway in the hope of jogging the memory of  anyone who  may have seen her since she vanished on the way to her school in Colorado five  days ago.

Drawing attention to a small gap  between her  two front teeth and a sore on the top of her nose below  where her glasses sit,  they suggested she may not even still be wearing  her spectacles.

The video was a self-made effort filmed by  the 10-year-old as she tries to  entice her puppy to sit still so it can be on  camera with her.

The search for the youngster, who vanished a  week ago, was delayed as her mother was unaware she had failed to make it to classes at Witt Elementary  School.

When Jessica had not turned up by 10am,  police called the girl’s home  and left a voicemail, but her mother, who works  nights, was asleep at  the time and didn’t get the message.

Home: The girl lives with her mother, grandmother and aunt at 10768 Moore Street in the town of nearly 13,000

Jessica Ridgeway lived on Moore Street (pictured) with her Mother, Aunt and Grandmother

It was not until nearly eight hours later  that the mother woke up. Sarah Ridgeway  recalled that as soon as she heard her  daughter failed to show in  class, she knew at once that something was  wrong.

‘Jessica loves school,’ Sarah said. ‘I  checked some of the places I knew she wouldn’t be just to make sure. But I knew  if she wasn’t at school,  something was wrong.’

The girl lives with her mother, grandmother  and aunt at 10768 Moore Street in the town of nearly 13,000.

‘Mom gets home about 7:30 a.m., gets her  daughter ready for school, 8:30… sends her off,’ Materasso said. ‘The normal  procedure is Jessica walks  to a park, meets classmates and they, as a group,  walk to school.’

But when the girl failed to make it to the  meeting spot, her classmates  went to school without her. At around 4:30pm,  Ridgeway’s mother woke up  and heard the message from police.

Bloodhounds and thermal equipment were used  as a search party of family, friends and about 50 officers searched the  area. After finding no trace of her, an  Amber Alert was issued at 9:20pm.

Hunt: Denis McLaughlin leads his search and rescue dog through a field of tall grass searching for Jessica Ridgeway near her home in Westminster on Monday

Ridgeway recalled the morning her  daughter  went missing. The mother described her 10-year-old as a girl  who could hardly  wait to be a teenager, and who was craving  independence.

Ridgeway remembered hearing the alarm clock  going off at 7:45am and seeing her daughter coming down the  stairs, watching  TV, eating a granola bar and walking out the front  door.

‘It was like any other morning,’ Sarah said,  breaking down in tears. ‘I watched her walk out the door.  Her friend says she’s  walking too. That was the last time I saw her.

‘I want her to walk back through that door. I  need her to walk back through that door,’ she added.

Jessica’s family extended family described  her as a giggly, bubbly girl who would light up the room and bring laughter with  her jokes.

‘Jessica is the light of our life. She’s a  special girl,’ her great aunt Gay Moore said.  ‘She’s a special  girl.’

The girl’s mother added, ‘[Jessica’s] my  rock. She’s all of our rock. When you’re down, she’ll come around,  make you  laugh, hug [and] kiss [you or] dance.’

Meanwhile, FBI is investigating if Jessica’s  disappearance may be linked to the abduction of an 11-year-old in Wyoming, some  500 miles away.

On Monday afternoon, a girl in Cody, Wyoming,  was lured to a white SUV by a man who approached her and two friends. He told  them that he was missing his black Labrador puppy and asked if they could help  him find it, police told ABC.

One of the girls agreed to help him and  climbed into the front seat of the vehicle, which then sped away.

‘[The girl] reported that when she approached  the suspect vehicle, the suspect brandished a “pistol” and directed her to get  in the front passenger seat of the vehicle,’ the Cody Police Department wrote in  a report. ‘The suspect then drove the victim onto Carter Mountain where he  sexually assaulted her.’

Source: Dailymail.co.uk

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Previous updates on this case posted below.

Updated: 10/11/12 Denver, CO Jessica Ridgeway Search Update: Body Found In Aruda NOT Intact

Updated: 10/11/12 Denver, COPolice find body during search for Jessica Ridgeway:

Westminster police have been searching for Jessica Ridgeway, the 10-year-old Colorado girl who vanished last week (October 5th) while walking to Witt Elementary School. After 5 days of searching for the missing girl, police announced today that a body was discovered in an open field in West Arvada, approximately 6 miles from where she was last seen, in the area of 107th Avenue and Moore Street in Westminster.

Pictured; Searchers looking for Jessica Ridgeway on October 6, 2012, Four-days before the discovery of her remains in a West Arvada open field.

The heartbroken family anxiously waits for answers. Police aren’t giving details at the moment but those close to the case believe it is indeed the little girl.

As Jessica's mother, Sarah Ridgeway begins to cry

Sarah Ridgeway (above) and Jeremiah Bryant (below) who are divorced, say they have nothing to do with their daughter’s disappearance and both are desperately seeking answers.

Jessica's dad, Jeremiah Bryant begins to cry as Jessica's mother describes the little girl to reporters at the Westminster Police Department

Police made the announcement on Twitter earlier today and are currently investigating the crime scene which Denverpost described as being near ”Pattridge Park.” They plan to update the public after a Thursday morning press conference.

Earlier this morning before the discovery, police stated that they believed the young girl was kidnapped and ruled both parents out as suspects.

Will be updating as soon as more details come in.

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Updated: 10/10/12 Denver, CO –Parent’s of Missing Colorado Girl Make Plea For Her Safe Return:

WESTMINSTER — As the parents of Jessica Ridgeway made an emotional public appeal for her safe return Tuesday, authorities widened their investigation, looking for a possible connection to Monday’s abduction of a girl in Wyoming.

The incident involving a girl in Cody — located in north-central Wyoming about 490 miles from Denver — occurred three days after 10-year-old Jessica vanished as she walked to Witt Elementary School. The Cody girl was released later Monday.

“We are not ruling anything out at this time,” said FBI spokesman Dave Joly. “Both investigations are continuing.”

No one has seen Jessica, a fifth-grader, since she was reported missing.

Sarah Ridgeway, a night-shift worker, told police she last saw her daughter walking toward school. She reported the girl missing later in the afternoon after she awoke to discover a phone message saying Jessica hadn’t arrived at school, 10255 W. 104th Drive, about a mile from her home.

Tuesday, there were fresh sheets on the bed in her room and a nest of stuffed animals waiting for Jessica to come home.

“Everything is up there how she likes it,” said Sarah Ridgeway during a meeting with the news media at the Westminster Police Department. “We want her to be able to sleep in it again. Nice and warm and safe, where she is supposed to be.”

Jessica’s father, Jeremiah Bryant, had one thing on his mind: “I just want to find my daughter and bring her back home.”

“All tied together”

Bryant and Ridgeway, flanked by nine family members and a close friend, talked about their daughter’s disappearance and the pain they have felt.

“If there was a string, we would all be tied together,” Ridgeway said of her support network.

Hundreds of volunteers have searched areas around the girl’s home and near where her backpack was discovered for any clues, and

Jessica Ridgeway. (Westminster Colorado Police Department)

police investigators have been working around the clock trying to find the girl.”I’m trying to stay positive about it,” said Bryant, who lives in Missouri. “It is hard, extremely hard.”

Jessica was described Tuesday as a happy girl who loves animals and enjoys “performing” in front of family, garnering cheers.

She especially likes playing “waitress” — taking imaginary meal orders for adults willing to take part. Jessica’s favorite color is purple, she likes telling jokes and she is a “giggler.”

“We know how scared she is,” said Gay Moore, Jessica’s great-aunt. “We are just as terrified.”

On Friday, Jessica’s alarm clock went off at 7:45 a.m., after which she started preparing for her day.

She turned on the TV and ate a granola bar while getting ready for school.

An orange for school

Ridgeway and her daughter peeled an orange together, a snack she would have at school.

Jessica enjoys school, her mother said, especially math and physical education.

She took the bus last year, but the school district imposed a fee and Sarah insisted she could get there and back, rationalizing that “everyone else is walking,” Ridgeway said.

Jessica walked out the door, with her mother looking on.

“That’s the last time I saw her,” Ridgeway said, breaking into tears. “I need her to walk back through that door.”

On her trips to school, Jessica typically met friends to walk with.

After Friday’s good-bye, Ridgeway went to bed, she said.

She said she left her cellphone in a room downstairs, so her sleep would not be disturbed.

Someone from Witt Elementary called and left a message that Jessica never made it to school, but Ridgeway didn’t get it until she awoke at 4 p.m., about the time her daughter would typically arrive home.

Ridgeway said she checked with friends — but Jessica wasn’t with any of them. Ridgeway went by a playground — no Jessica. Ridgeway said she even drove by the school. After coming up empty everywhere, she called police.

“A sliver of hope”

On Sunday, investigators were tipped off about the discovery of Jessica’s school backpack and water bottle, which were found on a sidewalk in Superior, about six miles from her home.

Ridgeway on Tuesday said the discovery offered her “a sliver of hope.”

“If anything really bad had happened to her,” she said, “they wouldn’t have gotten rid of the backpack.”

In the meantime, investigators released more photographs of Jessica.

As he had the day before, Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso urged people to pay attention to Jessica’s facial features, not her glasses or clothing. He said specifically to note she has a gap between her two front teeth and a sore at the bridge of her nose where her glasses sit.

“There’s a chance someone might see her in passing,” he said.

The incident in Wyoming occurred as an 11-year-old girl and a friend were approached by a man in a white sports utility vehicle Monday afternoon who asked for help finding his lost black labrador puppy, according to a Cody Police Department release.

The 11-year-old told the man she would help him and “entered the front passenger side of the vehicle,” according to the release.

The girl’s friend reported her missing. She was spotted walking on a road just outside Cody about 8:15 p.m.

The girl told police that when she approached the vehicle, the man flashed a pistol and told her to get into the front passenger seat.

“We are not ignoring the fact that we have somewhat similar situations in a short period of time,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. “Whether they are related or not, we cannot say one way or the other.”

The Wyoming suspect was described as a white man, between 55 and 60 years old, 185 to 200 pounds, with short, strawberry-blond or white hair, and a neatly trimmed strawberry-blond or white mustache or beard. He was wearing a brown shirt, blue jeans and a tan baseball cap.

Source: denverpost

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Updated: 10/08/12 Arvada, CO – Backpack and water bottle of missing 10-year-old Colorado girl found after she disappeared THREE BLOCKS from her home:

Police and volunteers searching for a  10-year-old Colorado girl who disappeared Friday morning on her way to school  have found her back pack and water bottle.

An Amber alert was issued for Jessica  Ridgeway Friday night, followed by a massive search operation involving more  than 50 officers from four different jurisdictions, including the FBI,  accompanied by a bloodhound.

Ridgeway was  last seen leaving her Westminster home at 8:30am to walk to Chelsea Park just  three blocks away, where she was supposed to meet up with friends for the walk  to school. But the 10-year-old never made it there.

Her backpack and water bottle have been found  in the neighboring town of Superior.

When Jessica failed to show up for class at  Witt Elementary School by 10am, police called the girl’s home and left a  voicemail, but her mother, who works nights, was asleep at the time and didn’t  get the message.

It was not until nearly eight hours later  that the mother woke up reported her daughter missing.

‘When we start with an eight-hour delay, or a  delay as substantial as this, the distance that she could have wandered even on  her own just gets huge,’ Westminster Police Detective Trevor Materasso told ABC  News.

According to authorities, the girl’s  father,  who lives in Missouri, has been locked in a custody battle with her mother, but  after interviewing him, they said they have no reason  to believe that Jessica  is with him.

The girl lives with her mother, grandmother  and aunt at 10768 Moore Street in the town of nearly 13,000.

Mom gets home about 7:30 a.m., gets her  daughter ready for school, 8:30… sends her off,’ Materasso said. ‘The normal  procedure is Jessica walks to a park, meets classmates and they, as a group,  walk to school.’

But when the girl failed to make it to the  meeting spot, her classmates went to school without her. At around 4:30pm,  Ridgeway’s mother woke up and heard the message from police saying that her  daughter was missing.

Bloodhounds and thermal equipment were used  as a search party consisting of family, friends and about 50 officers searched  the area of 108th Street and Moore Street, KKTVreported. After finding no trace of the  child, an Amber Alert was issued at 9:20 p.m.

The discovery of the back pack and water  bottle came after a day and a half of searching that yielded precious few  leads.

Police and volunteers scoured vast tracts of  land, including fields and lakes, overnight  in search of the missing girl.  Officers continued canvassing the Westminster community and handing out fliers  in hopes of tracking down the 10-year-old.

On Saturday morning, more than 500  volunteers gathered at the Westview Recreation Center,which was turned  into a  temporary police command center, to help look for Jessica, according  to9News.

Ridgeway’s neighbor, Sarah Johnston, told the  station KOAA that she’s very concerned about the  safety of the missing 10-year-old.

It’s really hard to wonder what could go on,’ Johnston said. ‘She is over at our house all the time. [I] just really miss  her.’

The girl’s disappearance comes three weeks  after students at a school in nearby Arvada school saw a man in a dark sedan  trying to lure kids closer to his vehicle.

However, police say there is no indication so  far that the 10-year-old was kidnapped.

The Denver  Post reported that police are  reviewing past incidents for a possible connection including the attempted  abduction on Labor Day of a 22-year-old female jogger at Ketner Lake in  Westminster.

The woman’s assailant was described as white,  about five-feet-eight with brown hair and an average build.

Jessica Ridegway has been described as a  blonde, blue-eyed girl standing at four-feet-10 and weighing 80lbs. she was last  seen wearing blue jeans, black boots with pom poms, a black puffy jacket and  pink and blue glasses.

Source: Dailymail.co.uk

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10/06/12 Denver, CO — An amber alert has been issued Jessica Ridgeway, age 10, last seen at 8:30a.m. walking to school yesterday morning (10/05/12) in the area of 107th Avenue and Moore Street. Westminster Police (WPD) say she never made it. Less than one hour later, at 9:20a.m., WPD sent out the amber alert tweet.

Westminster Police spokesman Trevor Materasso earlier in the evening said an Amber Alert wasn’t issued immediately because of strict criteria that requires investigators to have a reasonable suspicion that an abduction took place.

“The difficult issue is we don’t have any information about where she might have gone,” Materasso said.

Jessica mother work’s the night shift and gets Jessica ready for school in the mornings, but lets her walk alone to a nearby park where she meets some classmates to walk the rest of the way to school.

The classmates say Jessica didn’t show up Friday (yesterday) morning.

The school called the missing girl’s home to confirm the absence with her mother, who was sleeping at the time the call came in. The mother didn’t get the message until just after 4p.m., when she woke up and that’s when she immediately called the police.

Police have made reverse phone calls to more than 12,000 homes in the area. Jefferson County School District also made a notification call to more than 400 families of students and faculty members.

Bloodhounds and other K-9 units from Westminster and from other surrounding agencies have been helping search the area including all nearby trails, and parks.

WPD have also been going door-to-door in the local area to ask if anyone might have seen the young girl or spotted anything unusual.

WPD have asked the public to not conduct any private searches because it could disrupt the work of the K-9 units, but anyone interested in helping search can meet at the Westview Recreation Center at 108th Avenue and Oak Street.

”Bad weather has kept police helicopters grounded,” Materasso said.

He went on to say: ”Westminster Police are still calling in additional resources, and have no intentions of putting off the search for the night.”

Jessica Ridgeway is described as a Caucasian female, 4’10”, weighing approximately 80 pounds with dirty-blond shoulder-length hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a black jacket and pick/purple glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 303-658-4360