Jessica Ridgeway: Colorado 10 year-old’s back pack, water bottle found 6 mi from Westminster in Superior
There’s a good video report below with updates on 10 year-old Jessica Ridgeway, missing from Westminster, Colorado since Friday morning. The story reads like a Mother’s worst nightmare. There is an estranged husband and a custody dispute; however, police and FBI don’t seem to be overly focused there right now. The Internet played a roll in the recovery of Jessica Ridgeway’s belongings two days after she turned up gone.
Several hundred police officers are expected on Monday morning to continue searching Superior’s Rock Creek neighborhood for missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster after getting the best lead so far in the case.
The search shifted more than six miles to Superior this afternoon after a resident found a backpack containing a water bottle that he reported has the girl’s name written on it.
After Jessica’s Mother sent her off to meet friends for the walk to school on Friday morning, the Mother went to sleep. She works nights at a tech job. Although the school called when Jessica didn’t show up for class, the message sat on an answering machine for hours while Mom slept. It wasn’t until 4:30 pm Friday that police were notified. Now there are road blocks and large searches manned by volunteers.
A man who found the back pack and contents 6.2 miles away on Sunday didn’t realize what he had found until being informed via a local list serve. More below via Yahoo News and the video with the details on the belongings of Jessica that turned up in Superior, Colorado on Sunday afternoon.
A Superior resident e-mailed the town’s listserv shortly after 1 p.m. today with a message bearing the subject line “Children’s Back Pack Found.” The message reads: “Found this morning on the side walk at Andrew Drive and Alpha Court. Water bottle has ‘Jessica Ridgeway’ name on it. Come and get it.”
Materasso said the resident who found the backpack didn’t recognize the name of the missing girl, but when someone replied to his original e-mail pointing out its significance, he immediately called 911 to report the discovery.
In case the police need help searching, Rock Creek resident Shannon Knobel set up a Facebook page: “Superior / Rock Creek Residents to help find Jessica Ridgeway” to mobilize volunteers.
Jessica — blonde, blue-eyed, 4 feet, 10 inches tall and 80 pounds — was last seen wearing jeans, a black jacket and glasses described as pink and purple.
Today, a bloodhound from Jefferson County was on scene trying to search the area off any scents on the backpack, Materasso said. Police had closed roads around that area to all non-residents, while officers were searching trunks of residents’ cars going into the neighborhood. All the roads now are reopened.
The search for missing Colorado 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway has taken a turn after officials said the girls back pack and water bottle were found today.The Westminster Police Department tweeted a message asking people to stay out of the area while they brought in tracking dogs to follow the lead. via Jessica Ridgeway: Missing Colorado Girls Back Pack, Water Bottle Found – Yahoo!