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Oct 10, 2012 11:56 PM by Stefanie Boe

More details on body found near Jessica Ridgeway search area

DENVER (AP) - Police say a body has been found near an open space area in the Denver suburb of Arvada.

Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso said Wednesday that so far, police are unable to connect it to the disappearance of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, whose mother last saw her leaving for school Friday.

Materasso didn't release the gender or approximate age of the body.

The Pattridge Park open space area south of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is dotted with abandoned coal mines. It is about seven miles southwest of Jessica's home and several miles south of where Jessica's backpack was found in Superior.

Jessica's father, who lives in Independence, Mo., and mother have pleaded for her safe return.

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