Few details offered in Jessica Ridgeway update at morning news conference

Body found; No official connection made to case

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Authorities in Colorado offered few new details at a news conference Thursday morning into the case of a missing Denver-area girl with ties to Missouri.

Westminster Police spokesman Trevor Materasso said they were unable to provide any details on the body found at a park in Arvada, Colo., on Wednesday evening, only saying crime scene investigators would remain on scene Thursday.

Investigators found the body Wednesday afternoon as they searched for Jessica Ridgeway, the Westminster girl last seen Friday as she left her home to walk to school.

"We are unable to make a connection to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway," Materasso said Wednesday night.

Joined by Arvada Police Public Information Officer Jill McGranaham at Thursday morning's brief statement, Materasso said searches for Jessica would continue near her Westminster home.

Not fielding any questions from reporters for the second time since the body was found, Materasso left many things unanswered, including whether the body was even a male or a female.

Jessica, whose father and great grandmother live in Independence, Mo., was last seen by her mother when she left for school Friday morning. As was her usual routine, she was to walk three blocks to a nearby park where she would meet friends and walk to Witt Elementary School.

Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday night at McCoy Park in Independence.

Jessica's family asks that anyone interested in helping find her go to the Facebook page set up for her and spread the word at www.facebook.com/MissingJessicaRidgeway .

Scripps affiliate KMGH in Denver contributed to this report. Connect with them for the latest on the Jessica Ridgeway case on TheDenverChannel.com .

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