The search for 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway continues after an Amber Alert was issued for the missing girl Friday. A vigil for Ridgeway is being observed Tuesday night in St. George.
More than 800 volunteers aided Westminster Police on Saturday in searching for the girl, but nothing was found at the time. According to the Associated Press, police did find Ridgeway’s backpack miles from her last known location Monday.
Ridgeway was last seen leaving to meet with friends on the way to school. She disappeared somewhere between her home and where her friends were waiting. Police are seeking any information that can help locate Ridgeway. Her father resides in Missouri and police have been in contact with him. While there is a custody dispute involving Ridgeway and her parents, police do not believe the father is responsible for the girl’s disappearance.
The Westminster Police Department has released several photos of Ridgeway on its Facebook page, as well as a short video to help people recognize her better.
Date of birth: Jan, 23, 2002 (10 years old)
Missing since: Oct. 5, 2012
Height: 4 feet 10 inches
Weight: 80 pounds
Westminster Police added, “Jessica has a noticeable gap between her two front upper teeth. She also has a sore on the bridge of her nose, just below her glasses that does not heal.”
Anyone with information concerning the possible whereabouts of Ridgeway is asked to call the Westminster Police at 303-658-4427, or 303-658-3446.
Individuals can also visit the Jessica Ridgeway Facebook page.
1100 East Park vigil
Missing child advocate Audra Bennion, of St. George, is planning a vigil for Ridgeway at the 1100 East Park by Harmon’s Market in St. George. The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to bring flashlights and purple or green ribbons. Flyers of Ridgeway will be handed out for individuals to post in the area.
“I’ll be giving out flyers that can be posted around town, places like the port of entry, rest stops, gas stations, truck stops,” Bennuon said. “Anyone from surrounding areas is urged to join in the vigil so they can get flyers for free. We need to paint the whole USA with her photo as it’s been 4-point-5 days since she was last seen. As you know within that time frame should could be pretty far from Colorado by now. It won’t hurt to post her anywhere we can.”
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