Posted: Oct 5, 2012 9:35 PM by Stefanie Boe
Updated: Oct 6, 2012 5:34 PM
9News WESTMINSTER - An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing Westminster girl who was last seen walking to school at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Police say 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway normally meets a friend at a park before heading to school. But she never made it to that park or to Witt Elementary after she left her home, near 107th Avenue and Moore Street.
Police say the missing girl's mother works the graveyard shift and often sleeps until the late afternoon. Investigators say the mother slept through several phone calls from the school.
Because of this, there was a long period of time from when Jessica was last seen to when she was reported missing.
Westminster police has put together a massive search team to look for Jessica.
"[We] started activating a lot of personnel to start searching for her," Westminster Police Detective Trevor Materasso said.
Westminster police sent out an emergency text alert advising residents to be on the lookout before issuing a system-wide Amber Alert Friday evening.
An Amber Alert is only issued if authorities fear the child is in immediate danger.
Ridgeway's neighbor, Sarah Johnston, says she's very concerned about the safety of the missing 10-year-old.
"It's really hard to wonder what could go on," Johnston said. "She is over at our house all the time. [I] just really miss her."
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Ridgeway, please call Westminster police at 303-658-4360.