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Concerns Over Enticement of Children

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The disappearance of 10-year-old girl, Jessica Ridgeway who went missing on her way to school Friday, have authorities concerned that it may be related to two child enticement cases last month. On September 9 and 12 in Arvada, another Denver-area suburb, a man tried to lure two boys around the same age as Jessica into a car. Westminster, where Jessica is from, is only a few miles away from Arvada.

Police are now investigating the possibility that Jessica's disappearance is related those incidents. On Sunday, police found a backpacked believed to belong to Jessica in a neighborhood in Superior, just outside Boulder. The backpack was found about six miles away from where 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was last seen around 8:30am Friday morning. On Friday, police say Jessica never showed up at the park to meet her friends for the walk to school.

The Police Department asks parents to remind their child to yell, shout, run and immediately tell an adult if approached, whether it is at school or outside of school. They should also notify the police and school whenever anything suspicious around the school or neighborhood is observed.

Parents should stress to their child the importance of going straight to school in the morning and directly home immediately after dismissal or leaving the bus stop.

Last month Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter home with all Arvada students to notify parents of these incidents and to remind them of the importance of talking with their child about stranger danger and being aware of their surroundings.

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  1. John Catco says:
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    The dispirited reality on cases of missing children is that there are innumerable predators watching and waiting each and every day, trying to ascertain when a child is either by themselves and/or has temporarily let their guards down. In the case of Jessica Ridgeway, it appears that she might have been accosted nearby her home, just prior to the area where she was supposed to connect with her school buddies. It’s sad and disconcerting that we live in a world were certain individuals prey on children, who are literally defenseless.