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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Police want help finding the owner of a cross they recovered during the Jessica Ridgeway murder investigation.

It “could become a pivotal piece of evidence that helps authorities identify and locate Jessica’s killer,” says Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso.

Look at the photos of the wooden cross. It’s 1 1/2″ tall by 1″ wide and it has a hole drilled in the upper part of it that makes it look like it was or could be worn on a necklace.

One side has three vertical bars etched onto the shorter horizontal section and a zigzag pattern is carved on the other side.

“Authorities are looking for someone who may carry or wear this type of cross, may have recently purchased one of these, or is known to have some association with one,” Materasso says.

They’re also looking for a local business that sells this cross.

Police believe there may be a connection between the Jessica Ridgeway murder and the attempted abduction at Ketner Lake during Memorial Day weekend. A man grabbed a female jogger from behind and tried to place a rag over her mouth and nose that smelled of chemicals.

She was able to get away.

Now police ask the public to specifically look for someone with a cross like the one pictured that matches the suspect’s description from Ketner Lake:
— Light-skinned male
— 18-35 (or someone who’s appearance with a ball cap may look that age)
— Brown hair
— Medium build
— 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall

Jessica disappeared 2 weeks ago while she walked to school. Her body was found not intact in a field at Pattridge Park Open Space in Arvada a few days later.

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