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Police: Search continues for missing Colorado girl

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By Associated Press

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — The multi-agency search for a 10-year-old Colorado girl continued in Denver's suburbs Thursday, nearly a week after she disappeared on what should have been a short walk to school.

At a brief news conference, Westminster police refused to suggest any connection between a body discovered late Wednesday in a grassy park seven miles from where Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 — or even to say whether it was the body of a child.

The search for Jessica continues, spokesman Trevor Materasso said.

He also said authorities were processing evidence from the park and that no additional information was available. He left without answering questions.

Dozens of police officers reported to the Westminster police headquarters before dawn, including officers from Arapahoe and Boulder counties and other agencies.

Jessica's mother last saw her daughter walking to school Oct. 5. Police say the girl is believed to have been abducted and never made it to school, setting off a frantic search by hundreds of law enforcement officials and residents. Her parents were ruled out as suspects Thursday.

Thousands of people have posted photos of the fifth-grader in the neighborhood and online since she vanished on what should have been the short walk to school.


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