The FBI is seeking the public’s help in tracking down the suspect who kidnapped 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.
At a press conference Thursday, FBI Denver spokesperson Dave Joly discussed possible behavioral traits of Jessica’s kidnapper.
“Often, someone in the community will unknowingly be associated with the offender of a crime, and may be in a position to observe behavioral changes in that person,” the FBI stated in a press release. “They will recognize the changes, and may even question the person about it, but may not relate to changes to that person’s involvement in the crime.”
The FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit released the following information in a press release:
- Immediately following the incident, he may miss work. The absence will be sudden and unplanned. He may either be a “no show” or he may offer a plausible excuse such as illness, death in the family, car trouble, etc.
- He may miss scheduled appointments/commitments and be unaccounted for during this period. These appointments/commitments may include such things as medical appointments, meetings with a probation officer, a prior commitment to a friend or family member, a drug test, etc.
- He may suddenly leave town, either with no explanation or with some plausible reason.
- This individual may express an intense interest in the status of this investigation and pay close attention to the media. However, some offenders may quickly turn off media accounts or try to redirect conversations concerning the victims or their families.
- There may be changes in the usual consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.
- He may make a change in his appearance or alter something to prevent identification, such as changing the look of his vehicle, cleaning or discarding his vehicle.
Joly said he was referring to the potential kidnapper as a male because “statistically, that’s normally the way this would go.”
“We suspect somebody in the community knows this individual,” Joly said at the press conference. “We’re asking for the community’s support once again. The community has been very supportive in the efforts so far to this investigation, and we’re asking that they do this one more time to help us gather new leads and new information to bring this to a conclusion.”
On Wednesday, police announced the discovery of a body in the Pattridge Park open space in Arvada, about seven miles from Jessica’s home.
Westminster Police Department spokesman Trevor Materasso told reporters Thursday the body is “not intact” and that is extending the time it takes to make an identification.
Authorities are expected to hold a news conference later today once they are able to identify the body.
Meanwhile, police are still asking for tips from the public in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call 303-658-4336.