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Jessica Ridgeway predator search: Could killer have attended her memorial service?

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Update, 4:24 p.m. October 12: Moments ago, Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk confirmed what Jessica Ridgeway's family, friends and loved ones, as well as people throughout the community and beyond, have been dreading: The body discovered in Arvada on Wednesday has been positively identified as the ten-year-old, who's been missing since last Friday. And the words that followed were equally chilling. "There is a predator in our community," he said.

Even before Birk spoke, the turnout for the 4 p.m. news conference -- which included Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey and Jim Yacone, special agent in charge of the FBI's Denver division -- suggested that the announcement would be significant. So, too, was the resolve voiced by Birk and the other speakers. They noted that hundreds of homes and vehicles have already been searched, and a majority of the 1,500 tips received to date have been or are being investigated. Moreover, dozens of law enforcement agencies have worked tirelessly on the case, and their efforts will only ramp up now.

As Birks put it, the focus of law enforcement efforts has shifted from a search for Jessica to a mission to bring her justice.

Update, 5:20 a.m. October 12: It was another agonizing day of waiting and not knowing for the family, friends and loved ones of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl who's been missing since Friday. Authorities still have not identified a body found in Arvada Wednesday -- one that a police spokesman has said was "not intact." Meanwhile, the search continues, as the FBI urges people to keep an eye out for what is now explicitly being called a kidnapper.

Police professionals and volunteers who've been searching for Jessica throughout the weekend, and the week that followed, didn't cone upon the human remains discovered at Pattridge Park, an open space area in Arvada. Instead, workers picking up trash found body parts.

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A Fox31 screen capture of Pattridge Park.
Since then, officials have been pouring over the land across the area, looking for any clue that might lead them to the person or persons responsible for this terrible act.

Because the body has not yet been identified, and probably won't be until this afternoon at the earliest, the searches being conducted for Ridgeway are ongoing -- and reports continue to come in from around the country about possible sightings. This one from Maine is an example.

Meanwhile, the folks at the Missing Jessica Ridgeway Facebook page are doing their best to maintain optimism. One link to BringJessicaHome.com, a website selling T-shirts and the like, is accompanied by the note, "Proceeds will go into a fund set up by Jessica's family to help her when she gets home!"

There's also this:

We posted a couple of days ago that if you have put a poster, picture, ribbon up outside your home that we would love to have you send us a picture, as well as if you see billboards, or company signs with her information. We LOVE to show Jessica and her family how much love and support she has as well as what areas all over the US are covered vs where we need her face posted. Please e-mail help@broadcasthemissing.us and just include the city and state.
In the meantime, Dave Joly, the face of the local FBI branch, held a news conference in conjunction with a release offering tips about how people may be able to identify Jessica's abductor. The complete release is below, along with Fox31 coverage of Joly's remarks and a closer look at Pattridge Park.

FBI release:

The FBI Denver Division and FBI resources from around the country continue to support the Westminster Police Department in their current investigation; with personnel, an evidence response team, a specialized dog search group, members of the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team, and our Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team

The FBI's CARD Team consists of regionally based special agents selected for their specialized experience and training in child abduction investigations. This is a national resource that deploys to provide case specific support to FBI Field Offices and local law enforcement.

Behavioral Analysis Unit 3 (crimes against children):

The mission of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is to provide behaviorally-based operational support for complex and time-sensitive cases. Resources are focused on crimes perpetrated against child victims, including abductions, mysterious disappearances of children, homicides, and sexual victimization.

The FBI BAU recommendations are as follows:

• Often, someone in the community will unknowingly be associated with the offender of the crime, and may be in a position to observe behavioral changes in that person. They will recognize the changes, and may even question the person about it, but may not relate the changes to that person's involvement in the crime.

• Immediately following the incident, he may miss work. The absence will be sudden and unplanned. He may either be a "no show" or he may offer a plausible excuse such as illness, death in the family, car trouble, etc.

• He may miss scheduled appointments/commitments and be unaccounted for during this period. These appointments/commitments may include such things as medical appointments, meetings with a probation officer, prior commitment to a friend or family member, drug test, etc.

• He may suddenly leave town, either with no explanation or with some plausible reason.

• This individual may express an intense interest in the status of this investigation and pay close attention to the media. However, some offenders may quickly turn off media accounts or try to redirect conversations concerning the victims or their families.

• There may be changes in the usual consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.

• He may make a change in his appearance or alter something to prevent identification, such as changing the look of his vehicle, clean or discard his vehicle.

Federal Kidnapping Act

Following the Lindbergh kidnapping, the United States Congress adopted a federal kidnapping statute--commonly known as the Lindbergh Law 18 U.S.C. § 1201 -- which was intended to let federal authorities pursue kidnappers.

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Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson

Police were there in numbers, but they don't know who the guy is. Have faith. They're doing their job and they want him caught as much as everyone else.

Enact Jessica's Law in Colorado
Enact Jessica's Law in Colorado

Hello there, I wanted to invite concerned citizens of Colorado to read about and sign the petition for "Jessica's Law" in Colorado. Approximately 60% of convicted sex offenders in Colorado are sentenced to community placement. (Like probation.) Jessica's Law, also known as the Jessica Lunsford Act, came about when in 2005 Mark Lunsford's daughter, Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old girl was kidnapped from her own home at night, raped, and buried alive in Florida. She later died. The person who committed this horrendous crime was John Couey, a previously convicted sex offender with a long history of such crimes. He was on probation, but had a record as a sex offender. Just like 60% of the sex offenders in Colorado.

Shanti Klemm
Shanti Klemm

How is that this is the first time I have EVER seen a sketch or heard anything of a man attempting to abduct and exposing himself to children in November of 2011??? Wasn't important until now, when a child has been murdered??? I don't get it.

SeizeTheDay
SeizeTheDay

I interpret child predator as meaning Jessica was not his first victim. The fact that he placed her backpack in the complete opposite direction of where he dumped her body to send the police looking there instead, tells me he is smart and cunning.  He's no novice.  So would he really be acting strangely? Repeat offenders/serial killers have the knack to act cool, calm and collected after committing an offense.  I sure hope the police have more info and evidence than they're leading on becuase having the public looking for "someone acting strangely" seems pretty vague and subjective to me.  I just hope they catch him before another child is harmed.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I live two blocks from an elementary school in North Denver . I now take my 130 lbs Rottie on walks to coincide w/ the the children going to class in the mornings as well as going home in the afternoons . This IS our NEW norm & it won't change til this sicko is caught .

Had this tragedy occurred in Arapahoe county , I'm sure Carole Chambers would have someone in custody by now , insanely drugged & incoherent . Totally oblivious to everything going on around them ......

Holly Elkins
Holly Elkins

We should all be concerned that this sicko is still out there. Dismembered? RIP Jessica. You are in a better place.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

"... hundreds of homes and vehicles have already been searched ..." -- what?!?  Whose homes have been searched -- that of every sex offender in the North Metro area?  Random citizens?  Were these searches of "hundreds of homes" conducted with the benefit of warrants, or are the Good Germans of Westminster anxious to show police they have nothing to hide?  Will the apparent wholesale suspension of civil liberties there help the investigation in some way?

dangermonkey
dangermonkey

After reading this, as enraged, sad, and protective of my 3 girls I am,  My anger grew tthousandfold after watching the videos. What the fuck do you think it's going to take to remove pre advertisement video prior to the acual information video? A fucking Jake Jabs commercial just before learning about the sad and horrible demise of this sweet little girl?! You are fucking kidding me. WHO IS FUCKING WITH ME? IF YOU WERE THE SUFFERING PARENTS, SEARCHING ON LINE, WOULD YOU CARE TO SIT THROUGH A FUCKING ADVERTISMENT BEFORE UP TO THE DATE NEWS ON YOUR ABDUCCTED CHILD? DOSEN'T IT SEEM LIKE YOUR CHILD...our children...are vastly morte important than a 15 second screen pop up advertisement?! I pray ro think so.

 

Who's with me? Le's fucking stop this! With all that families facing loss go through, the last thing they need to see when trying to check in on  the latest news online, is fucking insenctive, irrellevat, and abscense of copassion advertising. If you are with me...sign below, and let's turn it into a petition.

Lisa Lynch
Lisa Lynch

my thoughts and prayers go out to jessicas family my god be with u

Sabrina Heffley
Sabrina Heffley

The one who did kill her the punishment will never be enough in my opinion

Ehron Moats
Ehron Moats

as a father of to lil girls i can only hope that the family doesn't give up on the search of the person who did this to your child. My prays are with you. R.I.P. lil Angel

Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson

such sad news. my heart goes out to her family. I hope you have peace, Jessica.

Denise Dietz
Denise Dietz

:-( RIP beautiful child. No one will harm you again!

nmack05
nmack05

Sad sad sad MT @DenverWestword Jessica Ridgeway's body positively ID'd, search on for "predator in our community" http://t.co/BstbtCqh

Es Kot
Es Kot

The police need to get off there bums. ID the body already instead of asking all of westminster co to give DNA samples. Waste of time and money. SMH 2 police and FBI.

Kaye
Kaye

I applaud Juan_Leg's attempts to ensure the safety of children in his neighborhood. However, every time a child abduction happens, I urge parents to understand the importance of TAKING their children to school (or other destinations) and NOT letting them walk, even a short distance. Just 15 minutes spent walking or driving a child to school can prevent a tragedy like this, to say nothing of the hours of emotional turmoil and search efforts that follow. We  all are living in a dangerous world now, and it is far better to be safe than to be sorry.

SeenTooMuch
SeenTooMuch

Idly speculating: Human remains left uncovered for several days are subject to scavenging and caching/ movement by animals. Plenty of dogs, coyotes and foxes in suburban Arvada, just guessing that "not intact" in this case is more related to non-human animals. 

Jackie Dresser
Jackie Dresser

So sad and awful!!! I would die if this happened to one of my children!!!

Danielle Kekoa
Danielle Kekoa

*WANTED - ROBERT ADOLPH ENYART - SERIAL RELATIONSHIP KILLER & CONVICTED CHILD-ABUSER of ARVADA, CO! Enyart showed "NO REMORSE" after beating child. THIS MAN IS CONSIDERED HARMFUL & EXTREMELY DANGEROUS - IF YOU SEE HIM ALERT THE AUTHORITIES ASAP! *DOB: 1-10-59 - *Google "Robert Adolph Enyart Arrest Record" *Source: Colorado Bureau of Investigation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nFM6cJ04jyDkD7Kp-J_uUZGFWr57NhZWFxcJsaxEK9M/edit *Pastor Bob Enyart of Denver Bible Church is the founder of www.ShadowGov.com and he is currently under criminal investigation and strong suspicion for other violent crimes against children. He is also the spokesman for American Right to Life, creator of ProlifeProfiles, as well as the "key" person" behind Personhood Colorado and PersonhoodUSA. ALL FAILED! *Radio Show Website: www.KGOV.com Police are still working hard to identify the dead body found in Arvada...Parents - keep your children close...there is a DANGEROUS MONSTER out there! *X-Pose the TRUTH: www.GenerationXpose.com

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I live two blocks from an elementary school . I'm going to begin going out each morning & afternoon to keep an eye on the children in hopes of preventing something like this from occurring in my neighborhood .

Kelly Blood
Kelly Blood

News of a body found isn't good news, no matter who's body. I support whatever the investigators need to do to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Matt Woodall
Matt Woodall

If the PD found the body of a ten year old girl say so, if they found the body of an adult male, obviously it isn't Jessica. Why create unnecessary suspense for the family, for the community, and for the Nation (who are ALL closely watching Westminster PD's every step).

Danielle Kekoa
Danielle Kekoa

*NEWS ALERT from the Kekoas - On Oct 7th, Westminster Police found missing Jessica Ridgeway's backpack laying on a sidewalk six miles away in a LARGE BROWN PAPER BAG. The Convicted Child-Abuser, Bob Adolph Enyart has been attacking our family since last year and he has been trying to take our six children away with no success. Last month on Sept 7th we sent Bob a public ransom note warning him to stop and turn himself into the authorities. Here is part of what we wrote..."deliver the proof in a LARGE BROWN PAPER BAG." We believe Enyart is a dangerous and violent man, especially towards children. If you have any info, please speak with an investigator directly to offer more insights into Jessica's whereabouts. Call 303-658-4360. Missing Jessica Ridgeway from Westminster, CO "Mr. Adolph, Listen Carefully...Make sure you bring an adequate size of “proof” including a handwritten confession note from you and your third wife, Cheryl that can fit in a large brown paper bag. The delivery of yourself with this evidence directly to Law Enforcement will be exhausting so we advise you to be rested...." Read full ransom note here for more clues. http://worstgenerationseed.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-document-dump-ransom-note-to.html

RWWWB
RWWWB

@EisMC2 We are going to find another baby in the forestTime we stopped liberalizing child molesters and remove them for society Permanently.

terrydazitus
terrydazitus

 @Juan_Leg Are you saying that Arapahoe had a drugging problem?  Do you think that's what happened to James Holmes and that's why he did that?  Arapahoe is the same county as where the Columbine Shooters were on court-ordered psychotropics. 

SeizeTheDay
SeizeTheDay

 @Kaye

 I take such issue with statements like this, that  insinuate that a parent is responsible if something like this happens because they let their kid walk to school or to a friend's house or play in their front yard. It takes ten seconds losing your child in a store or on the playground...Polly Klaas was taken from her bedroom.and JonBenet was murdered in her own home.  Grown adults disappear or are found murdered.  Sometimes all the due diligence in the world can't prevent something horrible from happening.  Sometimes I think that people make such statements to convince themselves that something like this could never happen to them, because they're better parents.  Jessica probably walked the route a hundred times and her mother had no reason to believe it wasn't safe.  But I am positive, had she known her little girl would be dismembered and thrown in a field, she would have walked her to the park.  I can't imagine what her mother is going through.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @Kaye "... every time a child abduction happens, I urge parents to understand the importance of TAKING their children to school (or other destinations) and NOT letting them walk, even a short distance." -- perhaps you could explain why you think that the risk of abduction is elevated after a child has been abducted.  Do you think that Jessica's murderer poses an imminent threat to every child in the country?  How long should parents wait before allowing their children to walk outside?  What if the perpetrator is not caught -- should children not be allowed out again?  No fear, with the Keystone Cops searching "hundreds of homes and vehicles", surely they will find the guy hiding under a couch soon.

terrydazitus
terrydazitus

 @SeenTooMuch I don't think so.  They are not telling the actual condition or the cause of death b/c they know that only the killer and they know that.  They seem to be implying that the killer did that (probably in an effort to destroy DNA evidence that would lead them back to him, esp. if he's a registered sex offender.)  That's just the impression I get, different than yours. 

dangermonkey
dangermonkey

 @Juan_Leg Hell yeah Juan, kep it up. While you are at it, show support for my above staement, and let's turn it into a petition to stop irresponsible advertising over and above the most important messages.

 

RegenaF
RegenaF

@bobbybrown719 I'll be praying that she returns home safely and for her family to have the strenght they need to endure this...

Nightingale6879
Nightingale6879

@bobbybrown719 Are U & @DogBountyHunter out looking for her???

Nightingale6879
Nightingale6879

@bobbybrown719 Well I'll retweet whatever you post when I'm on here Bobby.

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