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KC Area Residents Hold Vigil For Missing Girl

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri relatives of a 10-year-old Colorado girl missing nearly a week gathered for a vigil in a Kansas City suburb.

Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 from her home near Denver, and police believe she was abducted. Colorado authorities say they’re processing evidence from a park seven miles from Jessica’s home. A body was found in the park Wednesday, but police aren’t saying there’s a link between the disappearance and body.

Jessica’s father, Jeremiah Bryant, who lives in Independence, has gone to Colorado to be with Jessica’s mother. Other family members gathered for the candlelight vigil Wednesday night in an Independence park to pray for Jessica’s return.

Jessica’s great-uncle Larry Moss says he has truckers passing out flyers around the country, and they’re holding out hope that Jessica will come home.

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