Authorities Identify Body Found in Park As That Missing Colorado Girl

A missing person sign is posted on a lamp post near the home of ten-year-old Jessica Ridgeway where police continue to search for the missing girl in Westminster, Colo., on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The youngster has been missing since she left her home Friday morning on her way to school. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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By Aaron Hepker

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a body found in a suburban Denver park is that of missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

The disclosure came Friday, a week after the fifth-grader disappeared after leaving her Westminster home to meet friends for the short walk to school.

The body was found Wednesday about 7 miles southwest of her home. Authorities said it was not intact, but they did not release further details.

Two days after she disappeared, Jessica's backpack was found in a neighborhood about six miles north of her house.

Authorities say she may have been abducted by someone in the community.
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