Jesse Paul Speer's alleged kidnapping victim saw photos of other naked girls before assault
October 12 update below: The same Denver FBI office that is investigating the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl, is also looking into the abduction of an eleven year old in Cody, Wyoming, who was later released. At this point, the FBI doesn't think the two crimes are related, despite apparent similarities. But while clues are scarce in the Ridgeway case, investigators have a big one in the Wyoming matter -- footage of what may be the kidnapper's vehicle. See the photos below.
As we've reported, the Cody girl was with friends on Monday when a man in a white SUV asked for help finding a lost puppy. She went with him, then vanished for hours. That evening, after an Amber Alert was issued in her name (which we're withholding), hunters driving in a remote area saw her walking along the side of a roadway. She later revealed she'd been sexually assaulted. Get more details in our previous coverage, on view below in its entirety.
The latest development: Law enforcers have narrowed down the make and model of the SUV believed to have been used in the kidnapping. They're looking for a 2004 or 2005 white, four-door Toyota 4-Runner, model SR-5, with a silver-over-black cargo box on the roof -- although there's suspicion that the latter may have been removed.
Update, 2:35 p.m. October 12: A release from the FBI received moments ago reveals that the aforementioned cargo box, a Thule carrier, definitely isn't on the suspect vehicle anymore -- because local authorities have recovered it and are processing it as evidence.
Here are three looks at the vehicle with the carrier still attached.
Investigators stress that the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous; the girl told her rescuers that he'd pulled a gun and struck her with it. As such, anyone who spots the vehicle should not approach it. Rather, they should immediately contact law enforcement either in Cody (307-527-8700) or at the FBI national tip line at (1-800-225-5324).
Continue to see our previous coverage, including a Wyoming news report containing a description of the suspect.