A small wooden cross recovered during the Jessica Ridgeway investigation could become a pivotal piece of evidence that helps authorities identify and locate her killer.
Police would not say where they found the cross, only that identifying who wore it or purchased it could lead authorities to identify the man who kidnapped and killed Jessica.
The wooden cross is approximately 1.5 inches tall by 1 inch wide. The cross has a hole drilled through the upper part and appears that it can be or was worn on a necklace.
On one side of the cross are three vertical bars etched onto the shorter horizontal section and a zig-zag pattern is carved onto the opposite side. The cross appears to be a solid piece of wood and the upper post portion is offset from the lower post below the short horizontal section.
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.
"This is a piece where we believe in working with the district attorney and recognizing the significance of showing it to the public helping who this individual may be," said Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso. "We believe it's going to help confirm or rule that these cases are not connected or potentially connected."
He said the cross was recovered at a crime scene, but he wouldn't say which one. Police want to see if there's a connection between the cross and an attempted abduction at Ketner Lake.
Police are also looking for a local business that may sell these specific crosses. Police believe there may be a connection between the Jessica Ridgeway murder and the attempted abduction at Ketner Lake, and urge the public to specifically look for someone with a cross like this that matches the suspect’s description from Ketner Lake.
The attacker in that case was described as a:
Light skinned male
18-35 (or someone who’s appearance with a ball cap may look that age)
5’06” to 5’08” (Height can vary above or below these approximations)
Police are asking the community to look through the pictures in the slideshow above and call the tip line or send an email with information that may identify the killer or where he may have got the cross from.