Cops Link Chemical-Rag Attack to Killer of Colorado Girl

And say small wooden cross may be a clue

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 20, 2012 2:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – A terrifying chemical-rag attack earlier this year may help police find the killer of a 10-year-old Colorado girl, the Denver Post reports. Still investigating the murder of Jessica Ridgeway, police have released a description of a young man with brown hair who allegedly tried to abduct a Denver-area woman on May 28 by putting a rag with a chemical smell over her mouth. The woman was able to escape and call 911 on her cell phone.

Police say they have connected the cases "in an attempt to uncover any lead" in Jessica's abduction and murder about two weeks ago. They are also looking through other attempted abductions in the Denver area. In another development, police have found a small wooden cross with three lines etched into it that could be key to Jessica's murder, Huffington Post reports. Police have uploaded images of the cross on their Facebook site in the hope someone who knows about the cross will come forward.

This image provided by the Westminster Colorado Police Department shows Jessica Ridgeway.
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 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.
This image provided by the Westminster Colorado Police Department shows 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.   (AP Photo/Westminster Colorado Police Department)
This undated evidence photo provided by the Westminster Police Department shows a wooden cross recovered by police, showing three vertical lines etched into the cross.
This undated evidence photo provided by the Westminster Police Department shows a wooden cross recovered by police, showing three vertical lines etched into the cross.   (AP Photo/Westminster Police Department)
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