Remains found in Arvada are those of missing girl Jessica Ridgeway, Westminster police say

10-year-old disappeared one week ago

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -  The body found in Arvada on Wednesday is that of missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, Westminster police confirmed Friday.

"The mission has changed from a search for Jessica to a mission of justice for Jessica," Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said.

"The commitment will not waiver, and our commitment and resolve to get justice for Jessica," said Jim Yacone of the FBI.

Ridgeway disappeared one week ago. Her mother told police that Jessica left home to walk to school with friends, but she never arrived.

Wednesday night, Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso announced a body had been found in Arvada's Pattridge Park Open Space. The body, he clarified the next day, was not intact.

The open space park is about 6 miles from the neighborhood where Jessica disappeared.

We recognize "there's a predator at large in our community," Birk said.

"The most important thing we can do now is the investigation, the apprehension and the prosecution of the person who did this," said Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Story.

Thursday, the FBI released a general psychological profile of the man who took Jessica Ridgeway in hopes it would help the public look for possible suspects.

FBI spokesman Dave Joly said the suspect could "be your boss, your friend" or a family member.

The FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit said that often, someone in the community will unknowingly be associated with the offender of the crime, and may be in a position to observe behavioral changes in that person. They will recognize the changes, and may even question the person about it, but may not relate the changes to that person’s involvement in the crime. 

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