Police: Search continues for missing Colorado girl

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) -- Police in Colorado say the search for a missing 10-year-old girl will continue after a body was found in a suburban Denver park seven miles from where the fifth-grader disappeared nearly a week ago.

Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso on Thursday provided no information about a body found in a park about seven miles from Jessica's home. The discovery was made late Wednesday.

Jessica's mother last saw her walking to school Friday. Police say the girl was abducted and never made it to school, setting off a frantic search by authorities and residents.

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DENVER (AP) -- Investigators are still on the scene after a body was found near an open space area in the Denver suburb of Arvada.

Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso said Wednesday that so far, police haven't connected it to the disappearance of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, whose mother last saw her leaving for school Friday. Her father lives in Independence, Mo.

The Westminster Police Department plans to release more information Thursday.

The Pattridge Park open space area south of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is dotted with abandoned coal mine shafts. The area is favored by mountain bikers and model airplane flyers on weekends.

It is about seven miles southwest of Jessica's home and several miles south of where Jessica's backpack was found in Superior.


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