Jessica Ridgeway: Police release photo of cross left at crime scene

Photo courtesy of the Westminster Police Department

This story is part of Boulder Weekly‘s Jessica Ridgeway package.

Map of Arvada and Westminster with Jessica’s home, where her body was found and where her backpack was found

Map of Jessica’s neighborhood

Killer’s ‘awareness space’ might lead to clues, by Joel Dyer and Jefferson Dodge

Sketches of a killer, by David Accomazzo and Elizabeth Miller

Local schools respond to Jessica’s death, by Elizabeth Miller

Boulder County sheriff: trick or treat with your kids this year, by Jefferson Dodge

Westminster Police: Ketner Lake attempted abductions may be linked to Jessica Ridgeway, by Boulder Weekly staff

Westminster police have released a picture of a small, wooden cross they say might be a critical piece on evidence in the Jessica Ridgeway murder.

Westminster police released the following description:

“Police recovered a wooden cross that is approximately 1 ½ inches tall by 1 inch wide. The cross has a hole drilled through the upper part and appears that it can be or was worn on a necklace. On one side of the cross are three vertical bars etched onto the shorter horizontal section and a zig-zag pattern is carved onto the opposite side. The cross appears to be a solid piece of wood and the upper post portion is offset from the lower post below the short horizontal section.”

Police are seeking information about anyone who wore that cross as jewelry. They also would like information about any local businesses that possibly sell the cross.

The police are looking for a male suspect matching the following description: light skinned, 18-35 years old (or someone who’s appearance with a ball cap may look that age), brown hair, medium build, somewhere between 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

Contact the Westminster tip line at 303-658-4336 or email