Police Locate Remains of 10-Year-Old Jessica Ridgeway

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Ed Andrieski / AP

Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk leads the way to a news conference on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, where he announced that the body found in Arvada, Colo., on Wednesday was that of ten-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

Police have positively identified the body of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway near her Westminster, Col., home one week after she went missing.

Her body was found in a suburban Denver park about 7 miles south of her home. The girl’s backpack had been found in the nearby town, Superior, two days after her disappearance, the Denver Post reported. It was being analyzed for DNA evidence. Authorities, after ruling out her parents as suspects, deduced that Jessica was the victim of an abduction. There were no leads or suspects as of Thursday, but police had been interviewing registered sex offenders in the area.

Jessica’s mother, Sarah, works nights and rests during daytime hours. When she awoke on Friday, she got a message that she never made it to a nearby park to meet with her friends to walk to their school, Witt Elementary.  Her mom reported her missing at about 4:30 p.m. She was last seen leaving her home at about 8:30 that morning. The Colorado Bureau of Investigations Issued an Amber Alert later that evening.

Upon ruling out Jessica’s parents as suspects, police began to focus on an unknown suspect. The FBI said the case of a child disappearance in Cody, Wyo., is not related to her case. In that instance, two girls were approached by a man who said he needed help finding a lost puppy. When the 11-year-old went to his vehicle, she was forced into it at gunpoint. She was later released, but the would-be kidnapper has not been apprehended.

At a Thursday press conference, Westminster police spokesperson Trevor Materasso said that Jessica’s family had been notified that a body was found. As many as 35 law enforcement agencies were participating in the search for the girl.

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Syliva Escobar
Syliva Escobar

I CRYED WHEN I HEARED  THEY FOUND HER BODY ....SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL  REST IN PACE WITH LOVE

Heather Murphy
Heather Murphy

When they find him....please just shoot him...no trial...just shoot the bastard.

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

TO THE ANIMAL WHO COMMITTED THIS SENSELESS ACT AGAINST A CHILD, I HAVE A FEW WORDS FOR YOU...............................

There is NO PLACE on this God Forsaken Rock that you can hide from the ones who want nothing more then seeing YOU, HANG FROM THE YARDARM OF JUSTICE !

SweetTreats Ribbon
SweetTreats Ribbon

My question is why would a mother just let her 10 year old walk to a park by herself while she is sleeping during the day? I would never let my daughter do that and she is 15. Children think we are too over protective but the minute you become unprotective this is what happens. Years ago you could trust your children to play outside from morning till night and not worry at all but you cannot do that anymore.

bellaluna30
bellaluna30

I can damn well guarantee you that there is absolutely NOTHING you can say to or about this girl's mother that she hasn't already thought or said to herself.  She sure as hell doesn't need a total stranger (or strangers) blaming her for what happened to her daughter.

Find your humanity and show a little compassion, please.

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

It makes NO frigging difference whom you place blame upon, Still, it doesn't give any ANIMAL, the right to harm a child for any reason ! 

I could just as well blame you for this because You, should at least educate those who don't know any better. Become the SOLUTION, NOT the PROBLEM !

bellaluna30
bellaluna30

That poor girl.  Her poor family.  I realise that parents have to be eliminated as suspects, but could law enforcement eliminate family AND search for other suspects at the same time?

A 10 year old girl certainly didn't WALK 7 miles away from her home by herself.

Schlafen
Schlafen

Tell those kids not to contact with these strangers who could be not friendly.Anyway,we can send them to school by ourselves until the murderer is caught by police!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

All pedophiles need to be castrated , first offense.  #scumoftheearth !!!

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

Jeremy, that's like putting a Band-aid on a wound after it already happened.

We need to PREVENT it from happening in the first place !

bellaluna30
bellaluna30

Pedophiles and rapists both.  And I'm not talking chemical castration, either.

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

I agree with you !

It would serve justice if a Rapist is turned into a Transvestite after cutting it off then sent to an Island that's a holding pen for other Undesirables  !

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

A males sexual organ causes more Psychological Damage then the physical act itself ! 

bellaluna30
bellaluna30

Then hopefully the LACK of a male's sexual organ would cause more psychological damage to its former owner than to his potential victims.

Bob  Belmer Sr
Bob Belmer Sr

first they should be stripped nude, covered in mollasses, their hands, ankles zip tied together face down on top of a fire ant mound  after its been kicked several times, to piss them off..and after a day or two...then, castrate them with a dull butter knife