The FBI said late Thursday afternoon it needs the public’s help in finding the suspect who kidnapped 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway almost one week ago.
Wednesday afternoon, police say maintenance workers picking up trash found a body in an open space in Arvada. Police confirmed Friday the body was Jessica Ridgeway.
Investigators believe someone in the community knows the kidnapper, and they assume the suspect is male.
“It could be your boss, it could be your friend and ultimately it could be your family member,” says FBI media coordinator Dave Joly. “So we’re asking people to bring this information to law enforcement, and let us (bring) that to a close.”
“We have hundreds of leads coming in and great resources here to act on those leads, but we need the public’s help.” Joly says with some emphasis.
The FBI released the following information that could help identify the suspected killer of Jessica Ridgeway:
Often, someone in the community will unknowingly be associated with the offender of the crime, and may be in a position to observe behavioral changes in that person. They will recognize the changes, and may even question the person about it, but may not relate the changes to that person’s involvement in the crime.
– Immediately following the incident, he may miss work. The absence will be sudden and unplanned. He may either be a “no show” or he may offer a plausible excuse such as illness, death in the family, car trouble, etc.
– He may miss scheduled appointments/commitments and be unaccounted for during this period. These appointments/commitments may include such things as medical appointments, meetings with a probation officer, prior commitment to a friend or family member, drug test, etc.
– He may suddenly leave town, either with no explanation or with some plausible reason.
– This individual may express an intense interest in the status of this investigation and pay close attention to the media. However, some offenders may quickly turn off media accounts or try to redirect conversations concerning the victims or their families.
– There may be changes in the usual consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.
– He may make a change in his appearance or alter something to prevent identification, such as changing the look of his vehicle, clean or discard his vehicle.
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.