Jessica Ridgeway still hasn't been accounted for and officials have begun a foreboding task of sending divers to search bodies of water for potential clues in the girl's disappearance. Whenever divers are used in a missing person case it's automatically a fear that they could be considering the possibility that a death occurred in the disappearance. Over 300 volunteers are also helping in the search for the missing Colorado girl in this quickly developing high profile story.
What could have happened to this missing child? The details behind this disappearance are frightening, with it looking like someone may have snatched the child up while walking to school Friday morning. She went missing in a short period of time in a three-block-distance between her home and her school. A Google Maps view of the area shows that the missing child lives in a suburban area just a short distance from the school in Westminster. In fact, she was on her way to Chelsea Park which is only a couple dozen feet from her front door.
If she never made it to meet her friends that morning, which was at Chelsea Park, and never made it to school, then it's safe to say that something happened to Jessica Ridgeway either before she left her home or before she left her neighborhood. The timeline and geography indicate that she didn't get much farther than her home before she vanished.
The city of Westminster, Colorado also charges its citizens a fee of nearly $8.00 to know whether or not there are sex offenders living in their neighborhoods. This seems like a way to put money above the safety of the community children, so perhaps this recent disappearance might give them incentive to not charge people to know whether or not their location is safe. A cursory search on a city data website, however, indicates that there are more than 1,000 registered sex offenders in Westminster. Are any of them located around Moore St., where Jessica vanished?
Whatever happened to Jessica, happened near her home and it happened before she could even meet her friends less than even a 1/4 block away.
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