Wyoming Abduction Investigated As Possible Link To Ridgeway Case

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Authorities investigating the disappearance of a 10-year-old Colorado girl are looking into whether it could be linked to the abduction of a girl in Wyoming.

Police in the Denver suburb of Westminster say they're aware of the case in Cody, Wyoming.

A man lured an 11-year-old Cody girl into a SUV on Monday saying he needed help finding his dog. She was released about four hours later and found by hunters.

Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster has been missing since Friday, when she left home to meet friends at a park for the walk to school. The fifth grader never turned up at school.

"Obviously the team here is in direct conversations with those working the incident in Cody," said police spokesperson Trevor Materasso during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. "We're sharing information to try to identify any similarities and those things, but we're not making the connection at this time."

11 News also checked with local authorities Wednesday about a crime similar to the one reported in Wyoming.

In June, a little girl who was playing outside her home in the Stratmoor Valley area was grabbed and forced into a blue 4-door car. She was released a mile and a half away about 20 minutes later.

The man involved hasn't been found.

A spokesperson from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office told 11 News their investigation into that case is ongoing, but said they don't believe it's linked to the search for Jessica or the case in Wyoming.