Search Continues for Missing Colorado Girl

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According to the Westminster Police Department, the search continued on Monday for missing Colorado 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. Here are the details.

* Ridgeway was last seen leaving her home to walk to school at about 8:30 Friday morning, the Westminster Police Department reported over the weekend. Her routine was to walk about three blocks before meeting up with some of her classmates to walk the rest of the way to Witt Elementary.

* According to the police report, Ridgeway never met up with her friends and Jefferson County Schools made a phone notification to the child's mother at about 10 a.m. that Ridgeway was absent from school.

* Because Ridgeway's mother works a night shift and sleeps during the day, the voicemail from the school district was not received until about 4:30 p.m., at which point she alerted the police.

* Though there is a child custody dispute involving Ridgeway's mother and father, police do not believe that the father was involved in Ridgeway's disappearance.

* An Amber Alert was issued for Ridgeway at about 9:15 Friday evening, the police department explained. The delay was due to protocols that must be met before the system can be activated.

* The police conducted searches over the weekend of trails, parks and open spaces, as well as notifying thousands of residents by phone.

* According to the Denver Post, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, a man from the Rock Creek area in Superior posted on the Westminster town listserv that he had found a backpack and a water bottle with the child's name on it. He was unaware at the time the backpack was located that its owner was missing.

* The Colorado Bureau of Investigations was processing the backpack on Monday, the Denver Post reported.

* According to the police department Twitter account, the department increased officer presence at local schools on Monday in response to concerns of the safety of the children there following Ridgeway's disappearance.

* The police asked that those who would like to help generate missing person flyers rather than trying to assist in the search, which has involved a rescue dog and thermal equipment.

* The flyer can be found at the Westminster Police Department's Facebook page.

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