Family rallies around Jessica Ridgeway’s mother

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Sarah Ridgeway (purple shirt), Jessica Ridgeway's mother. Photo by neighbor. Oct. 8, 2012

Oct. 8, 2012Sarah Ridgeway (purple shirt), Jessica Ridgeway's mother. Oct. 8, 2012

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — The mother of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway has not spoken to the media about her daughter’s disappearance.

Sarah Ridgeway (purple shirt), Jessica Ridgeway's mother. Oct. 8, 2012

Sarah Ridgeway (purple shirt), Jessica Ridgeway’s mother. Oct. 8, 2012

Sarah Ridgeway emerged from her home in Westminster early Monday evening but she did not speak to FOX31 Denver reporter Justin Joseph. She and Jessica’s father, Jeremiah Bryant of Kansas City, have asked for privacy during the investigation.

Christine Ridgeway, Jessica Ridgeway's grandmother. Oct. 8, 2012

Christine Ridgeway, Jessica Ridgeway’s grandmother. Oct. 8, 2012

Jessica’s grandmother, Christine Ridgeway, says the family is close and rallying around the girl’s mother.

Sarah Ridgeway was the one who alerted police late Friday afternoon that Jessica  was missing. That was after she heard a telephone message from administrators at Witt Elementary school notifying her that Jessica was absent.

Jessica’s mother told police she saw Jessica leave for school Friday morning. But she never made it there.

Sarah Ridgeway did not receive the message from the school until late Friday afternoon because she works nights and she was asleep.

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