Timeline: Jessica Ridgeway disappearance and investigation

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Jessica Ridgeway. Photo: Westminster Police Dept.

Jessica Ridgeway. Photo: Westminster Police Dept.

Here is a timeline of the Jessica Ridgeway case.

Friday, October 5
8:30 AM  –  Last seen by mom.  Never arrived at school
10:00 AM School calls to report absence
Mom misses call from school
4:30 PM – Gets message
9:15 PM – Amber Alert Issued
Overnight search begins

Saturday, October 6
7:15 AM New team starts searching
Hundreds of volunteers help
Investigation intensifies
Open spaces searched
Thousands contacted

Sunday, October 7 –
AM – Backpack is found
1:00 PM Email sent to police
Checkpoints set up

Monday, October 8 –
9:00 AM – Police urge public to take close look at photographs
12:15 PM New flier released
Search area expanded
DNA samples taken from family

Tuesday, October 9 –
AM – Jessica’s father arrives from Missouri
1:00 PM – Family speaks publicly
Afternoon – FBI searches home
More than 450 tips

Wednesday, October 10 –
4:00 PM – Parents cleared as suspects
Police believe it was a stranger abduction
Tips come in from other states
7:30 PM- Police announce a body was found in Arvada field
Highway 93 shut down

Thursday, October 11 –
AM – Police won’t confirm body ID
Officers expand search in open space areas
Highway 93 remains closed
12:15 PM  Police reveal the body was not complete
5:00 PM FBI says public’s help needed to find suspect
Behavioral traits of kidnap suspect released

Tuesday, October 16 –
7:00 PM More than 3,000 people attend memorial in Arvada to celebrate the life of Jessica Ridgeway

Thursday, October 18 –
Westminster police ask for help from public about possible lead in Jessica Ridgeway case. They want people to call with information about an attempted abduction at Ketner Lake during Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, October 19 –
Police ask for help identifying cross that could lead to Jessica Ridgeway’s killer

Sunday, October 21 –
FOX31 Denver reports sources say there is a connection between an attack on a jogger at Ketner Lake in Westminster during Memorial Day weekend and the Jessica Ridgeway case.

Monday, October 22 –
Police announce connection between attempted abduction of a female jogger at Ketner Lake in May and the kidnap and murder of Jessica Ridgeway.

Tuesday, October 23 –
7:45 PM Westminster police arrest 17-year-old Austin Sigg at his home in Westminster

Wednesday, October 24 –
Noon Westminster police announce arrest of suspect in kidnap and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. He faces charges in Jessica’s case as well as the attempted abduction of a woman at Ketner Lake on Memorial Day weekend.

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