Colorado authorities confirmed a sad discovery Friday when they identified remains found on Wednesday as those of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. Jessica disappeared on Oct. 5 after leaving her Westminster, Colo., home on her way to a local park to meet a friend she usually met with to walk to Witt Elementary School where she attended. Authorities say Jessica never made it to the park which is only about three blocks from her home.
Jessica's body was found in a field in the adjacent city of Arvada, which is located about 6 miles from Westminster. According to police, her body was dismembered. Police believe that her abductor is from the area where she was taken.
"There is predator at large in our community," said Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk, adding that the FBI is still actively involved in the case.
The FBI has issued the following profile of the suspect:
Although police have declined to comment further on Jessica's case, Colorado Springs station KKTV has discovered information on two attempted abductions one month before Jessica's murder and an actual abduction where a girl was reportedly taken for about 20 minutes then released, unharmed at a gas station. In each case the suspect was described as driving a blue sedan. Police were able to put together a composite sketch of the suspect but the suspect was never located.
Anyone with information can call 303-658-4336.