Jessica Ridgeway search shifts to Superior after water bottle found with her name on it

Search dogs moved into Rock Creek subdivision

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - The search for a missing 10-year-old Westminster girl shifts to Superior after a water bottle was found with her name on it. 

A Superior resident sent an e-mail to the town of Superior with the subject line of  "backpack found" that said: "Found this morning on the side walk at Andrew Drive and Alpha Court. Water bottle has 'Jessica Ridgeway' name on it. Come and get it."  The resident apparently didn't connect the name to the missing girl.

The area where the discovery was made is about 4 miles from where Jessica Ridgeway disappeared.

Police have closed off streets in the Rock Creek subdivision so they could bring in search dogs.

"If you live in the Rock Creek subdivision, please do not disturb any items that you may find.  Police are currently using bloodhounds and ask that if you have a dog to keep him/her indoors as long as possible," said Westminster police spokesman  Trevor Materasso.   "We also ask that you stay out of the area as long as possible.  We apologize for the inconvenience and understand we are asking for a great amount of cooperation."

Christine Wiedinmyer told the (Boulder) Daily Camera that the original tip was e-mailed by one of her neighbors, and she, too, saw the backpack on the sidewalk around 8:15 Sunday morning as she was headed out. She said it didn't really strike her at first because there often are children's bikes or toys left about in the neighborhood.

"It's horrifying," Wiedinmyer told the newspaper, as she waited in a line of cars to get into the subdivision. "I want to get home. My daughters are so worried."

Police scheduled a 5 p.m. briefing which will be livestreamed on TheDenverChannel.com and carried live on Denver's 7.  

Police said Jessica was last seen walking to Chelsea Park in the area of 107th Avenue and Moore Street around 8:30 a.m. Friday where she was to meet several friends before walking to Witt Elementary School. Jessica's mother stood in the front yard of their home at 10768 Moore St. until her daughter was out of sight.A massive search in Westminster Saturday failed to turn up any sign of a missing 10-year-old girl who disappeared while walking to school Friday.

Police said Jessica Ridgeway was last seen walking to Chelsea Park in the area of 107th Avenue and Moore Street around 8:30 a.m. Friday where she was to meet several friends before walking to Witt Elementary School.

Jessica never showed up at school.

Sunday police brought in a new team of search dogs to help look for clues.

Police said they will not be using volunteers to help look for Ridgeway Sunday. About 800 people showed up to help with the search Saturday, said Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso.

"This morning I really expected maybe a hundred people, so to have that many, it was just amazing," Materasso said.  "I watched one gentleman putting plastic bags on his feet because his feet were soaked through, his shoes were soaked through and he was going back out again."

Buses of volunteers were sent to open spaces in Mayfair, Countryside, Ketner and Chelsea as well as the Westminster Hills Dog Park and Standley Lake.

"It was really emotional because you're looking in ditches and you're looking in culverts and you're looking through sewer drainage pipes.  On the one hand again, you're hoping you might find a boot with a pom pom and on the other hand, you're hoping you don't," said volunteer Marsha Orr.  "My 7-year old son is such an amazing gift to me. To not know where he was spending a cold night, it would rip my heart out."

A dive team searched Ketner Reservoir Saturday afternoon. The search was "done as a search tool to rule out the lake," police said.

The search area covered on Saturday was from 92nd Avenue to 112th Avenue and from  Indiana Street to Wadsworth Boulevard.

Materasso said police will follow up on more than 100 tips.

Authorities have said they don't think Jessica was abducted by an acquaintance or relative.  The girl's father lives in Missouri and has been accounted for there.

Jessica's great-grandmother, Donna Moss, said police were at her home where the father was staying Friday night.  They asked to search the home and were given permission, she said.

"We'd do anything to get her back, safely alive," Moss said. "We want her back as soon as we can get her."

Westminster police also said they don't think Jessica ran away because she is emotionally stable.

Members of the FBI as well as the Center for Missing and Exploited Children have joined the search.

Police investigators and volunteers collected socks and other clothing items around Chelsea Park on Saturday, police spokesman Trevor Materasso said. The socks were placed in evidence bags to be checked further.

"We can't say at this point whether these are or are not related," Materasso said.
Police also checked every registered sex offender in the area.

Jessica is 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 80 pounds.  She has blonde, shoulder-length hair with blue eyes.  She was last seen wearing blue jeans, black boots with pom poms, a black puffy jacket and pink and purple glasses.  She also had a black and pink backpack with a Disney character on it.

Anyone with information on the possible whereabouts of Jessica is asked to call Westminster police at 303- 658-4336 or e-mail PDamberalert@cityofwestminster.us

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