Police find cross they hope could lead them to Jessica Ridgeway’s killer
DENVER – Westminster Police on Friday say they recovered a 1-inch wooden cross during the investigation that authorities believe may help them find the killer of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.
Police released photographs of the cross that could have been worn on a necklace and may “become a pivotal piece of evidence that helps authorities identify and locate Jessica’s killer,” according to a press release issued Friday afternoon.
They are asking for the public’s help with find someone who may carry or wear this type of cross, may have purchased one or is known to have some association with this type of cross.
“Police are also looking for a local business that may sell these specific crosses,” according to the release issued by Westminster Police investigator Trever Matrasso.
Police believe there is a connection to an attempted abduction on Memorial Day at Ketner Lake, which is near where Jessica was abducted on Oct. 5.
The solid wood cross is 1½ - inches tall by 1-inch wide. It has a hole drilled through the upper part and has three vertical lines etched into the crossbar and a zig zag pattern carved into the opposite side.
Jessica was abducted while she was en route to Witt Elementary School in a neighborhood just south of Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. Her body was found Oct. 7 in a remote field 7 miles from her home.
Police believe a stranger abducted her and the killer is still at-large.