Massive Community Response In Search For Jessica Ridgeway
WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – There’s been a massive community response with so many people wanting to help in the search for Jessica Ridgeway.
A volunteer command post was set up by community members in Westminster on Monday. It was organized on Facebook. Volunteers were circulating new fliers that were released on Monday that show Ridgeway with and without glasses.
Brian Barkley dropped off the updated fliers at local businesses.
“I have two daughters, 19 and 15, and if something like this were to happen to one of my girls I’d want everybody in the community to do what I’m doing,” Barkley said.
Courtney Mallgren is one of many who say the story of Ridgeway has moved them to help.
“I want to do anything I can and my family, my sister and my niece want to do what they can to help as well, to find her. It’s a scary situation,” Mallgren said. “If this was my niece I would hope someone like myself would come up and take the extra free time, the minutes that they have in their day to hang a few fliers.”
Erin Hegart said Ridgeway’s disappearance has really hit home for her.
“The area that she disappeared from is right at the end of our street, and she lives very, very close to us, and it could have been my kids,” Hegart said.
The Jefferson County School District is working to address community concerns.
“We have a crew of councilors and crisis support folks from all across the district who are here to talk with kids or parents or teachers,” Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.
More than 800 people scoured Westminster on Saturday.
“We just need to get her home,” a volunteer said.
The volunteers are also planning an event for Tuesday night they are calling “Light The Night For Jessica.”