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Police Release Video Showing Ridgeway Before Disappearance

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Jessica Ridgeway (credit: Westminster Police)

Jessica Ridgeway (credit: Westminster Police)

Westminster Police Ridgeway Case Tip Line: (303) 658-4336 or pdamberalert@cityofwestminster.us

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – Westminster Police on Tuesday released a short video showing Jessica Ridgeway, the 10-year-old girl who has been missing since last Friday.

The video shows Ridgeway with her dog before her disappearance. She asks the animal “Want to be on camera?” Police are hoping that the video will help people get an even clearer sense about how she looks. They shared a statement along with the video’s release:

“We are providing new … video of Jessica to show some unique characteristics. Jessica has a noticeable gap between her two front upper teeth. She also has a sore on the bridge of her nose, just below here glasses that does not heal.”

missing girl search map tr Police Release Video Showing Ridgeway Before Disappearance

(credit: CBS)

Ridgeway is now listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children list. The following is known about her disappearance:

- Jessica Ridgeway, 10, disappeared on her way to school Friday morning. After leaving home on foot, she never met up with friends she normally walks to school with at Chelsea Park. The park is about three blocks from her home and about a mile from the school.

- When she didn’t arrive at Witt Elementary School in Westminster, Jefferson County Schools officials tried to contact her mother. They made a call at 10 a.m. but were only able to leave a voicemail. Ridgeway’s mother, who works an overnight shift and sleeps during the day, didn’t get the message until 4:30 p.m. and immediately contacted Westminster police.

- It took about five hours before the protocols were met in the case for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to call an Amber Alert.

- Ridgeway’s backpack was found on the sidewalk near Alpha Court and Andrew Drive in the Rock Creek neighborhood in Superior. That’s 6.4 miles away from her home. It’s unknown so far at what point the backpack wound up there.

- The CBI is analyzing the backpack for DNA evidence and is collecting evidence from Ridgeway’s home for comparison.

- Searches have taken place around Jessica’s home and her school, as well as in open space areas in Westminster. Another area that has undergone an extensive search is Rock Creek and open space areas near there.

A dozen different police agencies are helping Westminster police in their search for Ridgeway.

Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso said Monday they would like anyone who is willing to come by their headquarters to pick up flyers showing Ridgeway’s photo. The hope is that via the flyers people distribute several different images of Ridgeway will be very visible in the community.

missing girl flyer Police Release Video Showing Ridgeway Before Disappearance

Jessica Ridgeway flyer (credit: CBS)

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