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Police positively identify body of 10-year-old Jessica Arvada

6:46 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
Jessica Arvada (Courtesy of NBC News/AP)
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WESTMINSTER, Co. -- The body found in Arvada has been positively identified as missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

Westminster Police Chief Kevin Baker announced Friday that the search for Jessica has turned into a mission for justice.

Baker said there is "child predator at large in the community" and his department will do everything in its power to find the suspect.

The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit released a list of changes that a person committing a crime against a child would exhibit. 

Among them: 

  • sudden differences in appearance
  • missed appointments
  • being absent from work
  • or leaving town with no explanation. 

Police have ruled out Jessica's parents.

The body was found not intact Wednesday by trash crews in the Pattridge Park Open Space area in Arvada. Authorities have spent the last two days working to identify the body and searching in and around the area for more evidence.

Jessica's mother last saw her daughter walking to school on Oct. 5. The girl never arrived, setting off a frantic search by hundreds of law enforcement officials and prompting a nationwide Amber Alert.

Governor Hickenlooper released the following statement on Jessica Ridgeway:

"This is an unthinkable end to an unthinkable crime in our community. It is with a profound sense of sorrow that we learned of Jessica Ridgeway's death. On behalf of all of Colorado, we offer our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. The Colorado Department of Public Safety and other federal, state and local agencies involved in the case will continue to provide all of the support they can as the investigation continues."

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