Westminster Police: Ketner Lake attempted abductions may be linked to Jessica Ridgeway


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

Local law enforcement reacts to Ridgeway murder, by Jefferson Dodge

The Westminster Police Department issued a press release today confirming a Boulder Weekly report: Two attempted abductions at Ketner Lake Open Space, across the street from Jessica Ridgeway’s elementary school, may be connected to the 10-year-old’s murder.

Here’s the release:

Date – October 18, 2012

In an attempt
to uncover any lead that may help identify the individual responsible
for the abduction and subsequent murder of Jessica Ridgeway; authorities
are asking the community to try and remember anything that was
suspicious or out of place near the Ketner Lake Open Space during the
Memorial Day holiday weekend. Due to the time frame and geographic
proximity of Jessica’s disappearance and
the attempted abduction near the Ketner Lake Open Space, police are
trying to determine if there is any connection between the two cases.
The suspect from the attempted abduction at Ketner Lake on May 28, 2012
was described as follows:

• Light skinned male
• 18 – 30’s (or someone who’s appearance with a ball cap may look that age)
• Brown hair
• Medium build
• 5’06” to 5’08” (Height can vary above or below these approximations)

Westminster police and assisting law enforcement agencies have been
unable to associate any vehicle in either of these incidents. Several
metro area law enforcement jurisdictions are working other cases of
attempted abductions and various vehicle or suspect descriptions have
been provided. In regards to Westminster’s cases, we only have the
above description to provide.

Working with the FBI and the
Behavioral Analysis Unit we are asking the public to call us if anyone
around you changed their behavior, acted unusual, failed to show up for a
family activity or other change that was unusual. We are specifically
looking for these behavior changes on October 5, 2012 and days after
Jessica’s disappearance and the Memorial Day weekend.

Tips can be given to the Westminster Police Department tip center by
calling 303-658-4336 or by sending an email to: