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

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Update 12:51 p.m. October 11: The latest update from the Westminster Police Department in regard to the search for Jessica Ridgeway is a shocking one.

Spokesman Trevor Materasso says the identification of a body found in Arvada yesterday is being delayed because it was "not intact."

What exactly that means hasn't been specified. But at this point, Ridgeway's family is reportedly being kept up to date with developments. Authorities hope to identify the Arvada body by Friday afternoon.

In the meantime, the investigation continues, and so does the uncertainty. Continue for our previous coverage.

Update, 6:56 a.m. October 11: Folks who thought we'd know at this writing whether a body discovered in an Arvada open space area was Jessica Ridgeway, a missing ten-year-old Westminster girl, were no doubt surprised by the just-concluded press briefing on the case. And brief it was: Westminster Police Department spokesman Trevor Materasso took no questions and left the matter of the body's identity unaddressed during his minute or so before the mic.

In an announcement that got underway at 6:45 a.m., fifteen minutes later than scheduled, Materasso noted that authorities would continue to process the territory where the body was discovered yesterday -- Pattridge Park open space area in Arvada -- with road closures nearby to continue. He added that searchers would be combing some open space areas in the vicinity of Westminster as well. Moreover, he advised the media to keep an eye out on Twitter for information about future news conferences and announcements. And that was pretty much it.

The results leave plenty of unknowns lingering. But at least the worst possibilities are yet to be confirmed. Continue to read our previous coverage.

Update, 5:35 a.m. October 11: Last night, police searching for Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl who's been missing since Friday (see our previous coverage below), announced that a body had been found in an open space area of Arvada. Spokespersons have not identified the remains as Ridgeway at this writing, but a news conference is scheduled for 6:30 a.m., at which point we expect to learn more about this terrible case.

The body was found in an area known as Pattridge Park; it's not far from Highway 93, north of Golden. Helicopters affiliated with CBS4 and other news stations caught images of officers processing what appears to be a crime scene.

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An image of officers with what appears to be human remains, as shot from the CBS4 helicopter.
During yesterday's 7:30 p.m. news conference, Westminster Police Department public-information officer Trevor Materasso (one of the best in the business, in our experience) was careful not to hint at the identity of the body, or to provide any specific information. "At this time we're unable to make any connection to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway," he said.

Nonetheless, Twitter immediately blew up after the press conference, with thousands of people not only in Colorado but across the country as a whole expressing their hope that the body doesn't turn out to be Ridgeway, while noting that a tragedy for some family has clearly taken place.

The folks at the Missing Jessica Ridgeway Facebook page are doing their best to keep the faith. There are numerous posts overnight about keeping up the search and continuing to pray. But one person has shared a "stranger danger" tip sheet assembled by the Westminster PD, and another left this heartfelt message:

As we sit in Command waiting to hear anything, our precious babies 3, 4 and 5 year olds are sweetly praying with each other for Jessica to come home safely and quickly. From the mouths of babes. If this doesn't bring a tear to your eyes....
We'll update this post with any news from the press conference, slated to get underway less than an hour from now. In the meantime, here's the latest CBS4 report, followed by the "stranger danger" release:

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Continue to read our previous coverage.

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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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