Denver Community To Remember Jessica Ridgeway Saturday

3:05 AM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
Search for Jessica Ridgeway at a suburban Denver park.
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WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) - Community members plan a gathering Saturday to celebrate the life of Jessica Ridgeway.

Authorities say a body found in a suburban Denver park is that of the missing 10-year-old.

The disclosure came Friday, a week after the fifth-grader disappeared after leaving her Westminster home to meet friends for the short walk to school.

The body was found Wednesday about 7 miles southwest of her home. Authorities said it was not intact, but they did not release further details.

Two days after she disappeared, Jessica's backpack was found in a neighborhood about six miles north of her house.

Authorities say she may have been abducted by someone in the community.

Investigators say they've checked out about 800 out of 1,500 tips from the public in the case. Authorities also have searched more than 500 homes and more than 1,000 vehicles but say they still need the public's help.

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