Westminster Police Investigate Possible Link To Memorial Day Weekend Incident To Jessica Ridgeway
WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4)– Investigators working on the Jessica Ridgeway case are taking a look at an incident that happened Memorial Day weekend at Ketner Lake Open Space.
Detectives are asking the community to try to remember anything that was suspicious or out of place near the Ketner Lake Open Space over the holiday weekend.
Due to the time frame and geographic proximity of Jessica’s disappearance and the attempted abduction near the Ketner Lake Open Space, police are trying to determine if there is any connection between the two cases.
In that incident, a 22-year-old woman told police a man tried to grab her from behind and put a rag over her nose and mouth. She said the rag smelled like chemicals. She was able to break free and call 911.
Police believe the details of the attack are similar to one that happened a couple of years ago in 2010.
The suspect is described as a light skinned male, age 18-30, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 with brown hair wearing a navy ball cap, small rim sunglasses, a black tee shirt and jeans.
Westminster police and assisting law enforcement agencies have been unable to associate any vehicle in either of these incidents.
Several metro area law enforcement jurisdictions are working other cases of attempted abductions and various vehicle or suspect descriptions have been provided.
Jessica was last seen alive walking down a quiet street in her modest Westminster neighborhood Oct. 5. Her body was found Oct. 10 in Pattridge Open Space Park in Arvada.
Westminster police are working with the FBI and the Behavioral Analysis Unit. They hope anyone who noticed changes in behavior, acting unusual, failing to show up for a family activity or other change that was unusual. We are specifically looking for these behavior changes on October 5, 2012 and days after Jessica’s disappearance and the Memorial Day weekend.