Community remembers Ridgway as investigators continue search for predator

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. – The community gathered Saturday to remember the life of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, as investigators continued their search for a predator.

Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said Friday, “Our focus has changed from the search for Jessica to a mission of justice for Jessica.”

Police positively identified Ridgeway’s body Friday, which was found in Pattridge Park Open Space in Arvada on Oct. 10.

Jessica disappeared while she was on her way to school on Friday, Oct. 5.

“There is a predator at large in our community. We are doing everything in our power to apprehend that predator,” said Birk.

The community gathered to release purple balloons in memory of the little girl Saturday afternoon, and a candlelight vigil is planned for 7 p.m. at 104th and Sheridan to celebrate Ridgeway’s life.

Police said that Jessica’s family is understandably too devastated to make a statement at this time.

Anyone who wants to make a donation to Ridgeway’s family can visit

Jim Yacone of the FBI urged people to continue reporting tips to authorities.Click here to see a profile of the suspect and potential behaviors.

If you have any information regarding the investigation, Westminster police are asking you to call the tip line at 303-658-4336, or email