WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is opening an account for community members who want to donate to a reward fund in the Jessica Ridgeway abduction and murder case.
"It seems there is a large amount of people that want to that feel strongly that there may be some benefit to offering a substantial reward, for some for some individual that may not come forward and provide that one crucial tip that could break this case wide open," said Westminster Police investigator Trevor Materasso.
This is in response to the high number of people who have been calling and asking how they can help find the killer, according to Materasso.
"That money would then be used only for tips leading to identification and then arrest of the person responsible in this case," Materasso said.
How to make a contribution to the reward fund::
So far, an award has not been offered. Metro Denver Crime Stoppers said they are working with police to collect the donations and will determine the details of the award at a future date.
Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductable.
10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 as she was walking to meet up with friends at Chelsea Park so they could all walk to school together. The park is several blocks from her home. Her friends said she never showed up at the park. Ridgeway's remains were found in an Arvada open space park five days later.
Westminster Police said its investigators are working with local, state and federal partners to make an arrest.
Officials said they have received more than 9,400 tips. The police tip center remains open and they're asking anyone with information to call 303-658-4427 or email PDamberalert@cityofwestminster.us.