Jessica Ridgeway case: Westminster Police say they're working in small teams, following tips

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Westminster Police said Thursday that officers are working in small teams to follow up on tips in the disappearance and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

Tomorrow marks two weeks since Ridgeway disappeared on her way to Chelsea Park, where she was going to meet friends to walk to school. Her friends said she never showed up at the park and the school reported her absence to her mother that morning.

However, Jessica's mother, who had been working the night shift, slept through the calls and didn't realize her daughter was missing until 4 p.m.

Ridgeway's remains were found five days later in an open space park in Arvada.

Westminster Police said Thursday its investigators are working with local, state and federal partners to make an arrest.

"There is still a substantial amount of investigative work being done by law enforcement officers, but much of their work does not garner the same public attention and recognition as the open field searches that were done days after Jessica’s disappearance," the police department posted on its Facebook page.

"The community could see the work being done as hundreds of police officers and law enforcement officials walked shoulder to shoulder searching fields and open spaces. Many of those officers are now working in small teams, following up on the tips that have been called in or emailed," the posting said.

Officials said their tip center remains open and they're asking anyone with information to call 303-658-4427 or email


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