Investigation Into Jessica Ridgeway Disappearance Continues
KREX News Room
WESTMINSTER, Colo.- Hundreds are helping in the search for 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster, who's been missing since Friday morning.
She disappeared while walking to school.
New clues have led investigators to southeastern Boulder County, where Jessica's backpack and water bottle were found over the weekend, miles from her home.
Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso said Monday morning that the new search effort doesn’t involve volunteers like the massive search on Saturday did.
Instead, they would like anyone who is willing to come by their headquarters to pick up flyers showing Ridgeway’s photo.
The hope is that via the flyers people distribute, several different images of Ridgeway will be very visible in the community.
Materasso said they are no longer asking people to think too carefully about the clothes Ridgeway was wearing when she left for school on Friday because it’s likely she’s not wearing those anymore.
Parents walking their children to Witt School from Chelsea Park were questioned carefully on Monday by police.
Ridgeway’s family hasn’t spoken publicly about the case so far. The girl lives with her mother, and her father lives out of state.
Police officers were stationed at Ridgeway’s home on Monday.
On Sunday police shut down the neighborhood where the backpack was found in Superior for most of the day.
Authorities went home by home and interviewed residents about it as well as stopped drivers at roadblocks.
They said they want all area residents to talk to their children about the backpack and to find out if they know any more about how the objects got there.
Police are also investigating whether Jessica's disappearance might be related to two recent cases nearby, in which a man tried to lure children around the same age as Jessica into a car.
CBS's Rick Sallinger contributed to this report.