Search for Jessica Ridgeway Expands to Missouri
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of 10-year old Colorado resident Jessica Ridgeway has only deepened after the young girls’ backpack and water bottle were discovered in Superior, Missouri, reports Inquistr.
The girl’s father is a Missouri resident and has been in a recent custody fight for Jessica, who lives with her grandmother and father.
More than 800 people volunteered over the weekend to search for the missing girl and police, who included search dogs in the effort to find Ridgeway, have now expanded their search across state lines since the backpack was found.
“The canvas today will focus in and around Jessica’s home and some open fields that we didn’t finish searching yesterday,” Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso said at a press conference this morning.
“The bottom line is to give us ideas and evidence to who may have been in contact with it and where can we focus the search,” Westminster Police Detective Trevor Materasso said.
Ridgeway disappeared on Friday, October 5 while making a short 3 block walk to meet up with three girlfriends as was her usual pattern on the way to school in Westminster, Colorado.
Police say they do not believe that Jessica’s father was involved in any way with her disappearance, but they have been given permission by the girl’s grandmother, Donna Moss, to search the family home.
Materasso said police have posted a video of Ridgeway in which he said you can see several distinctive features, including a gap between her two front teeth and a sore on her nose where her glasses normally sit.
“Really make a mental image of those, and if you are the member of the community who sees Jessica please call 911 or use the tip line,” he said.
Anybody with anybody with information on her disappearance is asked to call 303-658-4336 or