Investigators continue to search for Ridgeway Sunday
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Even with the help of several hundred volunteers and the tireless efforts of law enforcement, investigators are still without much information about the disappearance of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.
Neighbors, friends, and strangers from across the community joined together on Saturday to help launch a massive search for Ridgeway, who has been missing since Friday morning. More than 800 people showed up to help with the search, according to a Westminster police spokesperson.
Police brought in a new team of search dogs to continue searching the area for clues Sunday. Although officers were not using the help of volunteers Sunday, Westminster police are asking people to call (303) 658-4336, or email PDamberalert@cityofwestminster.us with any tips regarding the investigation.
A Facebook page has also been created to help find the 10-year-old: http://www.facebook.com/MissingJessicaRidgeway.
Investigators believe Ridgeway vanished around 8 a.m. Friday while walking to nearby Witt Elementary. Police do not believe she was picked up by any family members before her disappearance.
Volunteers were sent home around 7 p.m. Saturday after a full day of searching parks and playgrounds. Nearby Ketner lake came up with little results when dive teams searched its waters.
Ridgeway was supposed to meet a nearby friend early Friday morning to walk to school, but never showed up. Investigators were not notified of her disappearance until around 4:30 p.m. Friday when her mother realized Ridgeway never came home from school.
Investigators tell FOX 31 Denver there is an ongoing custody battle between Jessica’s mom and her father, who lives in Kansas City. However, Westminster Police have reported they do not believe the father, or any other family member is a suspect.
Some of the people that are close to Ridgeway are speaking out hoping to raise awareness.
“We want her back as soon as we can get her,” said Jessica’s grandmother Donna Moss, to a Kansas City television station.
Both parents of the missing girl have declined to speak to media about the likely abduction, and are asking for privacy as the investigation continues.