Jessica Ridgeway new developments: A description of the man believed to be responsible for the girl's murder and an attack on a jogger in May has been released. This is the most definitive update in the case of the slain 10-year-old Colorado girl since the discovery of the notorious wooden cross that is still being discussed in media headlines. Perhaps this is just the break in the case everyone's been waiting for, so Jessica can finally have justice.
The man is described as being a white male between the ages of 18 and 30 years old -- so police are looking for a young man. He has light skin and a medium build with brown hair, standing at approximately 5'6" to 5'8".
What can be speculated about the proposed appearance of the suspect? He is a small(ish) person and was unsuccessful in abducting and sexually assaulting the woman jogger in May, and it's probably because of his size. It's probably safe to say that this guy was unable to overpower an adult female victim and therefore preyed upon a younger, smaller version of his preferred victim type. This type of behavior displayed by predators isn't necessarily uncommon. For instance, the abduction of Sierra LaMar out of Morgan Hill, California came after the accused suspect is believed to have tried (and failed) at abducting more than one adult woman in the area. He simply moved down to a smaller and weaker target so as to successfully execute his attack.
Hopefully this description leads to the man who killed Jessica Ridgeway, so a predator will be put away before anymore victims have to suffer the way she did. In the meantime, the officials on this case are requesting donations in order to build a reward toward the search for Jessica's killer. Make out money orders or checks to Crime Stoppers, C/O Justice for Jessica, PO Box40965, Denver, CO, 80204. Or just go here.
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