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Jessica Ridgeway: Police Say Body Is Hers
Investigators in Colorado have confirmed that a body found earlier this week is that of missing schoolgirl Jessica Ridgeway.
Authorities believe the 10-year-old was kidnapped on October 5 after leaving her home in Westminster to meet friends on her way to school.
Police have now formally identified the partially-dismembered body, which was discovered by search teams in nearby parkland on Wednesday.
Authorities believe Jessica may have been abducted by someone in the community.
Westminster Police chief Lee Birk said: "Our focus has changed from the search for Jessica to a mission of justice for Jessica. We realise there is a predator at large in our community."
The FBI has also asked residents to be alert for people they know who might have suddenly changed their appearance or uncharacteristically missed work or appointments.
"It could be your boss, it could be your friend, and ultimately it could be your family member," FBI spokesman Dave Joly said.
"We suspect someone in the community knows this individual."
Jessica's disappearance and the threat of a potential predator have put the local community on a knife-edge.
Stacey Oppie said: "I don't feel safe for my daughter anymore, anywhere.
"We're all a little bit on alert, but it's not fear. We're angry because this is a good neighbourhood."
Police have said their inquiry is not focusing on Jessica's parents, who are said to be co-operating fully.
Her mother, Sarah Ridgeway, who is a night-shift worker, was asleep when her school called to report her absence.
She got the message when she woke up at 4pm, eight hours after Jessica left the house. Police say the delay in reporting the youngster missing may have been critical.
The only substantive clue police have disclosed was the discovery of Jessica's backpack and water bottle six miles from Westminster, two days after she disappeared.
Since then there has been no obvious breakthrough in the case.