Backpack found in Superior believed to be Ridgeway’s

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. – The search for missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was moved to Superior this afternoon, according to the Westminster Police Department.

A Superior resident emailed the town’s listserv just after 1 p.m. Sunday saying they discovered a backpack holding a water bottle inside with Ridgeway’s name written on it, according to police.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the e-mail read: “Found this morning on the side walk at Andrew Drive and Alpha Court. Water bottle has 'Jessica Ridgeway' name on it. Come and get it."

The resident, who did not want to be named, told FOX 31, "I was just coming home and I saw a purple backpack sitting in front of the neighbor's house... All I told them is I saw a purple backpack and I didn't think anything of it because my neighbors have little kids and I thought they always just leave their stuff out."

In a press conference Sunday, Westminster Police spokesman Trevor Materasso said, "We believe the backpack to be Jessica’s."

Materasso also said that three checkpoints were set up in the Rock Creek neighborhood in Superior. Police stopped cars asking drivers for their identification and were also checking trunks of cars. The checkpoints were set up at the intersections of Andrew Way and Christenson Avenue, Indiana and Bristol streets, and Indiana Street and Eldorado Drive.

Some residents were prevented from getting to their homes. Tina Ausborn was one of those somewhat inconvenienced.

"I mean, it's worth it if they find her," Ausborn said. "Hopefully they find what they're looking for and she's OK."

Police used bloodhounds to search the area, and the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were working on the case.

Ridgeway was last seen at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 5. She was heading out the door that morning on her walk to school.

If you have any information regarding the investigation, Westminster police are asking you to call the tip line at 303-658-4336, or email PDamberalert@cityofwestminster.us. You can also find more information on a Facebook page that has been set up by Ridgeway's family.