Jessica Ridgeway predator search: Could killer have attended her memorial service?
Update, 5:56 a.m. October 10: Yesterday, loved ones of Jessica Ridgeway spoke about the ten-year-old Westminster girl who vanished this past Friday; see our previous coverage below. The press conference that resulted is heartrending. At one point, Sarah Ridgeway, Jessica's mom, says through tears, "I need her to walk back through that door." Continue to see this moment and get the latest details -- including a possible link to a child disappearance in Wyoming.
The Westminster Police Department has been energetically tweeting photos of Jessica; click here to see more than a dozen of them, including these three:
As one tweet points out, Jessica's unique facial features include a gap in her front teeth and a sore at the top of her nose.
The department also thanks everyone who's been tweeting the hashtag #jessicaridgeway. "Make every share count," notes another tweet.
Meanwhile, the Missing Jessica Ridgeway Facebook page documents more incredible efforts by volunteers. One person oversaw the distribution of 6,500 flyers yesterday, while another raised $1,200 to have 3,000 colored flyers printed up.
Last night, two separate vigils were held in Westminster, her hometown, and Superior, where Jessica's backpack was found, with the latter drawing a crowd reportedly in the hundreds -- an indication that the concern of the community hasn't flagged even though Jessica has been missing for five days.
A national audience is now following the case, as indicated by the Good Morning America report from Tuesday on view below -- and the investigation has gone beyond state lines, too. As noted by the Denver Post, the FBI is looking for possible connections between Jessica's case and an abduction of a girl in Cody, Wyoming on Monday. That girl, age eleven, was released later in the day and found safe.
Anyone with information about Jessica's whereabouts is encouraged to phone the tip line at 303-658-4336.
Look below to see raw video of the Ridgeway family press conference courtesy of Fox31, plus the aforementioned Good Morning America package. That's followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage of the search for Jessica Ridgeway.