The murder of Jessica Ridgeway has some news sources claiming there are holes in how registered sex offenders are tracked. However, there is no indication that an RSO kidnapped and murdered the 10-year-old Westminster, Colorado girl. In the state of Missouri, as the girl's father lives there, attention is being given to the fact that many states don't enforce tracking of sex offenders.
While it should go without saying that sex offenders should be tracked by every state they're in, this case isn't yet pertaining to this topic. It's not yet known who killed Jessica. It's not known whether it was a sex offender, someone who knew the girl or someone who isn't a prior offender who has no criminal record. It's just not known.
If the killer of the 10-year-old girl turns out to be a registered sex offender, then most certainly there needs to be some attention given to whether or not the laws and tracking is too lenient in Colorado (or elsewhere for that matter). However, it just seems like a premature move to start assuming that the murderer is someone on a registry somewhere. It's likely, just not yet known for a fact in this case.
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