Jessica Ridgeway abduction, murder leads to spike in attempted kidnapping reports

Reports of strangers trying to lure children spike

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The Jessica Ridgeway abduction and murder has led to an increase in reports of strangers following children and trying to talk to children.

Police are investigating reports from Westminster, Arvada, Lakewood, Parker and other metro area cities.

JeffCo Schools said it has had no incidents reported Friday, but school officials said they have sent out several letters in the last two weeks about suspicious incidents.

On Thursday, parents of O'Connell Middle School students in Lakewood received letters about a suspicious incident that happened afterschool on Wednesday.

A pre-teen who rides the bus to O'Kane Park at 1st Avenue and Teller Street  told her mother that she was approached by a man who told her to get in his car. He was described as a white man, 40 to 50 years old, driving an older red Honda.

"We know we all concerned about the safety of our students and we want to keep you informed when these events are reported to the police," the letter to parents said. "Please take this opportunity to reinforce safe behaviors with your child."