Westminster police Thursday morning: No new info. in Jessica Ridgeway case

Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Westminster police held a news conference early on Thursday morning, but they had no new information in the  disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway.

The 10-year-old girl left for school last Friday morning, but never arrived.

Wednesday night, Westminster police announced a body had been found in Arvada's Pattridge Park Open Space, however, investigators could not say if the body was Jessica.

On Thursday, Westminster police said there is no additional information available yet on the crime scene or investigation in Arvada.

Arvada police tweeted that 82nd Avenue between Highway 93 & Indiana Street remains closed. Highway 93 to Boulder has re-opened.

Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso said officers will continue to search/canvass the area where Ridgeway disappeared and in open spaces areas in Westminster.

Body Found

On Wednesday night, ABC News reported that three sources said investigators have reasons to believe the body found in Arvada is the body of the missing girl.

However, police would not say that.

"We are unable to make a connection to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway," said Materasso yesterday.

Police blocked off a road leading to Pattridge Park Open Space, just north of Golden, near Highway 93. Highway 93 was closed at Leyden Gulch for the duration of the night, to protect the crime scene.

Dozens of law enforcement officers were seen doing a systematic search of the area near an abandoned mining shack since about 5 p.m., The Denver Post reported.  A neighbor living near the park told 7NEWS she saw police in the area as early as 11 a.m. 

The location is about 6 miles from the neighborhood where Jessica disappeared.

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