Jessica Ridgeway Body Identified — Police Looking For Killer

Mon, October 15, 2012 10:14am EST by 11 Comments
Jessica Ridgeway Body Found
Courtesy of Facebook, Courtesy of NBC

A body found in an open field near Denver on Oct. 10 has been positively identified as missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. Police are looking for her killer, who may be involved in the near-abductions of two more kids.

Jessica Ridgeway went missing on Oct. 5 when she left her home in the Arvada, Colo. suburb of Denver to meet up with friends on her way to school, but never made to the park three blocks away. Police began an agonizing search, which uncovered Jessica’s body in an open field just miles from where she was last seen.

Arvada police are now looking for a man who is suspected in the near-kidnapping of two area children for a possible connection.

In two reported incidents, on Sept. 9 and Sept. 12, an 8- and a 9-year-old were almost abducted. They were both offered candy to get into a vehicle, but both ran and told an adult.

Jessica’s body was found on Oct. 10, but wasn’t identified to the public until Oct. 12 during a press conference. The positive identification of her body was delayed because her body was so badly dismembered and “not intact.”

With no major breaks in the case, the Arvada community remains on edge.

“We recognize there is a predator at large in our community,” Westminster, Colo., Police Chief Lee Birk said on Oct. 12.

The FBI say the suspect is most likely a man, who was either a “no show” at work immediately after the incident and offered a plausible excuse. The person might also show intense interest in the case and the media coverage, or change the subject altogether.

“It could be your boss, it could be your friend and, ultimately, it could be your family member,” FBI spokesman David Joly said.

Such a tragic ending to a horrific missing child case. Our thoughts are with Jessica’s family and her community during this time.

– Christina Stiehl

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Sevval

Posted at 7:35 PM on December 12, 2012  

He is going to get his punishment in hell for eternity.. poor girl! why would people do such a thing like this!?!

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syria

Posted at 9:57 PM on December 2, 2012  

I feel so sorry for jessicas family my name is syria and I am 8 years old and jessica was my best friend

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Tori

Posted at 8:16 PM on October 16, 2012  

Why do people kill poor children like this? It’s so pathetic.

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Tori

Posted at 7:06 PM on October 16, 2012  

What a sad story.R.I.P Jessica :(

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Margaret Floeter

Posted at 9:26 AM on October 16, 2012  

No amount of punishment is enough. No matter what happens, this murderer will never know the fear or the pain this little girl felt. I hope there is a hell so he can be tormented for eternity.

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Michelle Mills Smith

Posted at 7:32 PM on October 15, 2012  

My prayers are with the family of this poor child…I think child molesters and killers should be put to death….no question about it…It makes me sick they give drug dealers stiffer sentences than child molesters…..My other concern is how many more stories like this are we going to watch on TV before parents start taking the necessary precautions to keep these predators away from our children…My daughter is 14 and I still drive her to the busstop in the mornings….

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Daniella

Posted at 7:50 PM on October 15, 2012  

They should be put to death

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Daniella

Posted at 7:52 PM on October 15, 2012  

The killers

 
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Mike

Posted at 3:58 PM on October 15, 2012  

If you live in CO, especially in the area where this happened, dont just read this & go on with your day. You need to make it a point to be aware, look & try to catch this perp. This kind of stuff makes my blood boil. The laws for this kind of stuff need to be changed severely. If it was up to me…Oh you dont even want to know….

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Gina

Posted at 11:51 AM on October 15, 2012  

Praying they catch the monster who committed this horrible crime.

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daya

Posted at 10:44 AM on October 15, 2012  

Such a shame…

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