Police clear Jessica Ridgeway’s parents, call her disappearance an ‘abduction’

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Investigators cleared the parents of Jessica Ridgeway in the 10-year-old's disappearance.

"After thoroughly looking at the parents, we're confident they are not involved in the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway," Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso says.

The information came at a short, late afternoon news conference Wednesday.

"The focus shifts to an unknown suspect as we think that she was abducted," Materasso says.

He would not specify what led to police clearing the parents. But he did mention ways that could clear them include use of polygraph tests and/or speaking to people who could verify their whereabouts when Jessica went missing.

Westminster police have received tips from all over the United States. "This is getting national attention," Materasso says. The Westminster police department is working with law enforcement agencies in several states where tips have come from.

Jessica disappeared while on her way to school Friday at about 8:30 a.m. They are following up on every lead they receive.

Anyone with information can call Westminster police at 303-658-4336 or email pdAmberAlert@cityofwestminster.us.

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