The father of Jessica Ridgeway is being blasted by media headlines for his criminal past; in particular, the fact that he is currently on felony probation. Jeremiah Bryant was convicted of second degree domestic assault stemming from an incident that occurred in February. However, sources are not revealing the name of the victim and are not clarifying whether or not Bryant assaulted the mother of his missing daughter. While this is a "spicy" detail in this developing story of a missing child, these details are really not that important. Jeremiah Bryant, the father of the missing Westminster girl, has already been cleared by investigators. He wasn't involved in his daughter's disappearance.
In fact, he is the first family member to come out and speak to the media about the girl's disappearance. Jeremiah has expressed the sentiment that he is "devastated" by the disappearance of his daughter. This source says that he spoke to several media outlets as the concerned father of missing child Jessica Ridgeway.
Since the father of the missing girl has been cleared of suspicion by detectives, his criminal activity really shouldn't be of interest. However, it sheds some indication that the girl's mother could be winning their custody battle. Considering Jessica was living with her at the time of her disappearance and not with him indicates that perfectly. This article asked if the mother would have any reason to believe she was losing the custody battle with Bryant, so this appears to answer that hopefully.
At any rate, the search for Jessica is continuing throughout the "outlying" areas of Superior, near the discovery of her belongings. So far the only evidence found in this search have been the backpack and water bottle, so that is very disappointing. Hopefully something positive happens in this search soon so the wheels of justice can begin turning. It's evident that this is a valid disappearance and it's very highly likely that Jessica was abducted by a predator.
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