Police: Cross could help find Colorado killer
This is the cross police are asking the public to help identify.
October 19th, 2012
07:14 PM ET

Police: Cross could help find Colorado killer

Two weeks ago, 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway disappeared.

Last week, police said she was dead.

Now, they are asking for the public's help to identify a cross that authorities say could lead to her killer.

Police from the girl's hometown of Westminster, Colorado, on Friday released several images of a wooden cross recovered during the investigation. It is about 1 1/2 inches tall and 1 inch wide, with a hole drilled through it so it can be worn as a pendant.

The cross has three vertical stripes etched onto the horizontal section and a zigzag pattern on the opposite side, according to police.

"Authorities are looking for someone who may carry or wear this type of cross, may have recently purchased one of these, or is known to have some association with one," they said in a statement.

Police believe there may be a connection between Jessica’s killing and an attempted abduction at Ketner Lake, also in Westminster. A suspect from that attempt has been described as a light-skinned male with a medium build and brown hair. He is thought to be between 18-35 years old.

Jessica was last seen by her mother as she left for school October 5. Her body was found last week at a park in Arvada, a Denver suburb five miles from Westminster.

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  1. liz pecor

    ..........looks like chain-gang art to me! Primitive. Those guys use alot of odd stuff to create art while in prison. Gum wrappers, broom straw, piece wood from workout yard, and the list goes on. Thats some creep thats been locked up and released very recently. They always keep something from their prison days!

    October 20, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • marie

      it could be as you said prison/gang symbol, but it could be of some spiritual sadistic cult group as well. a sacrifice, a revenge token even. so it could very well be significant. maybe some sort of distortion of the swastika as hitler used to inflame the jews in his reign of terror. or some vodoo mojo, but if it is cult oriented there will be more identical to it.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. JeffinFL

    Denise, she is not "missing" (quotation marks around it, even!)

    'Last week, police said she was dead.'

    Still confused?

    October 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. SPW

    I remember there being a murder case about a year back that involved investigators looking for the owner of a similar wooden cross necklace.

    I don't think this is deja vu on my end

    October 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynsey Pug

      Any idea what state it was? Maybe a closer idea of time of year?

      October 21, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Vincent wise

      I hope this dosnt sound weird,but I feel the killer drives a green car. probably nothing.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Name*a. Thompson

    Wow..rmoffatt..u nailed it !!

    October 21, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. alex

    For crying out loud, at least publish ALL the images of the cross as released by the police.
    Heck, you don't even bother linking to them.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. kerry

    Where are all the psychics now, eh? Hiding on their reality tv shows, that's what.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Just me

    It is my sincerest hope that when they find the killer, they drill a hole in him/her so that he/she can be worn as a pendant. And while they are at it, etch a few stipes and zig zags. Why would anyone other than a wild mindkless animal, hurt a child?

    October 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinker

      Blame American Taliban. Case is closed.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ma & pa

    Philip says the truth he senses differently, if at all.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. ma & pa

    raphael, some of us have been physically dead for longer than 30 or 40 min., not by the hands of the 'good guys', and are yet here now, having returned to 'this vale of tears' to speak God's hope filled truth. Think as you wish.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jim

    Why does the description of the cross in the article in no way resemble the picture?

    October 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff S

      You missed the zig zag pattern etched on to the side that is being shown? You can't see the side with the horizontal stripes because the other side of it is facing away from the camera.

      Matches the description I read in the article.

      October 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Jeff S. where is the drilled hole, dimbulb?

      October 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SERIALMOM

      I wondered about the hole for a fraction of a second...it is drilled sideways into the top part of the cross. The zig-zag pattern is less pattern more random. To mr. frank Dimbulb.

      October 22, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. rob

    A child killer wearing a cross? No surprise there.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. paige

    Light skinned? So that means what? Light skinned mexican or black? Light skinned white guy?

    October 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. squidgal

    Perhaps it was made in prison.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. zaina

    How sad, home they get her killer and hang him.

    October 22, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
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