In Jessica Ridgeway case, more than 1,500 tips, but no new leads

DENVER (KMGH) -  Investigators are now working their way through more than 1,500 tips about the disappearance and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

Jessica, whose father and other family members live in Independence, Mo., disappeared Oct. 5 as she was walking to school. On Wednesday, authorities discovered her body in an Arvada park about 7 miles west of her Westminster home.

Police said Monday they have no major developments in the case.


Authorities say they don't believe the slaying is related to the arrest of a man accused of luring a 11-year-old girl from Cody, Wyo., into his SUV last Monday by claiming he needed help finding a missing puppy. A group of hunters found the girl alive outside the town several hours later.

Investigators are tracking each tip they get trying to catch the person or persons responsible -- even if they may lead to false alarms.

This weekend for example, police got a tip about an attempted abduction of a 13-year-old boy in Golden. The incident turned out to be a misunderstanding.

"I think everyone reacted just the way they should have, in the light of everything that is going on," Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

Police are also trying to keep the public updated about their investigation, without jeopardizing the case.

"You want to make sure you give out enough information as possible, but what you don't want to do is jeopardize your case because there's certain details of every criminal investigation that only the police know and the suspect, the person who committed that crime," said retired police Cornel Gary Cunningham.

"And if everybody knows it, if we get somebody into the interview room and person starts to give you those details- that- if it's commonly known to the case- that really doesn't help your case."

Westminster police have said the community could help to solve the case.

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. [Read the complete profile ]

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