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:
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.