Jessica Ridgeway family taking items from Chelsea Park memorial to protect them from elements

Visitors leaving balloons, cards, flowers, more

Jessica Ridgeway's family says they are removing items from the public memorial and keeping them inside.
Mourners and supporters have been leaving flowers, balloons and other items at Chelsea Park in Westminster. That's the park Jessica was walking to on Oct.  5 when she disappeared. She was going to meet friends at the park so they could walk to school together.
"We, the family, are cleaning up the park a little," Jessica's aunt Rebecca Ridgeway posted on Facebook. "We will be leaving flowers, balloons and signs; but feel the stuffed animals and letters/notes/cards will be better inside with us related to weather."
Rebecca Ridgeway said the family wants to thank everyone who has come to the park and they hope people will continue to come.
"We still would love for you to come be at the park and pay your respects," said Rebecca Ridgeway. "The support of this community is overwhelming and beautiful to see."

The Disappearance


Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 in the three blocks between her home and Chelsea Park.  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.

Remains Found


Jessica's remains were found Oct. 10 at an Arvada open space park. Police said the body was not "intact." Sources told 7NEWS her body had been dismembered and pieces of her body are still missing.

AirTracker 7 flew over the area shortly after the body was discovered. AirTracker video showed that the remains were found near a culvert, and had been placed on a black plastic bag when investigators were looking at it. It's not clear if the body had been in the bag.

The remains were found by maintenance workers who were doing routine cleanup of the culvert.

The Investigation

Hundreds of investigators are working the case, trying to find Jessica's killer.

Investigators are working their way through nearly 4,000 tips and encourage anyone with any information to come forward. A tip from the community could break the case, authorities said.

FBI spokesman Dave Joly said the suspect could "be your boss, your friend" or a family member.

The FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit said that often, someone in the community will unknowingly be associated with the offender of the crime, and may be in a position to observe behavioral changes in that person.

They will recognize the changes, and may even question the person about it, but may not relate the changes to that person’s involvement in the crime. Read the complete profile


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