Body Found Amid Search for Missing Colo. Girl

But police won't say if it belongs to 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 11, 2012 12:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – Colorado police hunting for a missing 10-year-old girl have found a body about seven miles from where she disappeared, but they wouldn't say if it was hers. Indeed, at a brief press conference a police spokesman said the search for Jessica Ridgeway remains ongoing, the AP reports. The girl was last seen walking to school on Oct. 5, but police don't think she ever made it there; over the weekend, they found her backpack and water bottle in a town six miles away.

The body was found last night near one of several abandoned mining shacks in the Pattridge Park open space, according to KDVR. Police refused to say if it was connected to the case at all, or even whether it was a child. Police have said, however, that they're looking into a possible connection to the abduction and assault of an 11-year-old Monday in Wyoming, 500 miles north. That girl was released four hours later, and found by hunters.

This image provided by the Westminster Colorado Police Department shows Jessica Ridgeway.   (AP Photo/Westminster Colorado Police Department)
This image provided by the Westminster Colorado Police Department shows Jessica Ridgeway.   (AP Photo/Westminster Colorado Police Department)
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