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Police: Body found in Arvada park, can’t confirm if it’s Jessica Ridgeway

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Police announced Wednesday night a body was found in an open space in Arvada.

Police spokesman Trevor Materasso made the announcement at a 7:30 p.m. news briefing. He said investigators could not confirm if the body was Jessica Ridgeway.

“At this time we’re unable to make any connection to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway,” Materasso says.

The FBI and police had been combing Pattridge Park Open Space late Wednesday afternoon when the discovery was made at about 5 p.m. near an abandoned mining shack. There are many of the shacks in the area.

Police from Westminster and Arvada along with additional agencies secured the crime scene and said they would be working through the night into Thursday at that location. The scene was very active late Wednesday night.

Materasso did not answer questions from reporters. He said more information would be released at a news conference scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Watch live streaming coverage here.

The park is in west Arvada. The crime scene has been established just north of 82nd. Ave. between Indiana on the east and Highway 93 on the west.  Highway 93 was closed in both Directions near Leyden Gulch during processing of the crime scene. 82nd. was also closed. Residents in the area had to show ID to get through road blocks.

Jessica’s home is at 107th Ave. and Moore St. in Westminster.

She was last seen leaving home for school Friday at about 8:30 a.m. She never made it to school.

Her backpack was found in a neighborhood in Superior Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Westminster police called a news conference to announce that Jessica’s parents had been cleared in the 10-year-old’s disappearance and investigators were turning their focus to an ‘unknown suspect.’

They also called Jessica’s disappearance an ‘abduction.’

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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.