Police still won’t confirm if body is linked to Jessica Ridgeway search
WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso addressed the media for the seventh straight day Thursday morning, providing an address that was as brief as any he has given during the search for missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.
He said police are still not identifying the body discovered in the Pattridge Park open space area in Arvada on Wednesday. He also said police would not be providing any new information about whether or not the body was connected to the search for the missing child.
“Westminster and Arvada (police) are jointly working to process that (Pattridge Park) crime scene,” Materasso said at a 6:45 a.m. press briefing. “As of this time, we’re not providing any additional information about that crime scene or the criminal investigation.”
Materasso left without taking questions.
Materasso said all of the ongoing searches and canvases for Ridgeway will continue Thursday. The child was last scene leaving her house in Westminster on her walk to Witt Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 5.
The FBI and local police were combing the Pattridge Park open space area late Wednesday afternoon when the body was discovered at approximately 5 p.m. near an abandoned mining shack. There are many of such shacks in the area.
The park is in west Arvada — a little more than six miles from where Ridgeway was last seen, and about 11 miles south of the area in Superior where police discovered Ridgeway’s backpack and water bottle.
A crime scene has been established just north of 82nd Avenue between Indiana Street on the east and Highway 93 on the west. Highway 93 and 82nd Avenue were closed near Leyden Gulch during processing of the crime scene and both roadways remain closed Thursday.
Residents in the area will have to show an ID to get through road blocks.
The glum news comes after some good news that surfaced Wednesday, as reports came out of Maine that a girl matching Ridgeway’s description had been spotted in two different small towns in the state.
Police spoke later that day, saying they have received hundreds of similar tips from multiple states.