Oct 8, 2012 6:44 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Tips needed in search for missing Westminster girl

Authorities searched fields and along highways in suburban Denver on Monday for signs of a 10-year-old girl who has been missing since leaving for school on Friday.

The effort to find fifth-grader Jessica Ridgeway also focused on the area around the home in Westminster where she lives with her mother, and a neighborhood 6 miles to the north where the backpack believed to belong to her was found Sunday.

Ridgeway was last seen Friday walking to a park where she meets classmates before school.

The FBI was assisting the investigation, and investigators have been in contact with relatives in Independence, Mo.

Police are asking  anyone with information, however minor the tip may seem to reach out to investigators.

If you have information, call 303-658-4336. You can also email tips to


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