Two vigils are being held for missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway on Tuesday night. One in Westminster where Jessica is a resident and one in Superior where police found her backpack and water bottle on Sunday.
Organizers of the "Light up the Night for Jessica" vigils are asking participants to bring flashlights to hold and wear purple and green ribbons.
On Tuesday Westminster Police added new photos of Jessica to their Facebook page and provided an updated physical description of her:
Jessica has a noticeable gap between her two front upper teeth. She also has a sore on the bridge of her nose, just below here glasses that does not heal.
Jessica's family also broke their silence Tuesday and spoke to the press.
"I don't know what to do, you know," a tearful Jeremiah Bryant, Jessica's father, said during a press conference. "I just want to find my daughter. I just want her back home."
Jessica has been missing since Friday, Oct. 5th. She was last seen around 8:30 a.m. making the three-block-walk to Chelsea Park where she usually meets a group of friends to walk to school with, but authorities say she never made it that far.
On Sunday, investigators say they found a backpack and water bottle believed to be Jessica's in the town of Superior, about six miles away from where she was last seen. The water bottle had her name on it and investigators are pursuing leads.
At a Tuesday morning press conference, Westminster Police announced that the investigation may focus more on an abduction, rather than the child being a possible runaway, and that they will be releasing new photos and video of Jessica to help people identify the young girl. Watch 9News video of the press conference below.
Trevor Matarasso, Westminster Police spokesperson, said during the press conference that investigators want people to focus on Jessica's facial features rather than the clothes she is wearing in flyer photos. Matarasso also said that there is no evidence to suggest any involvement of Jessica's family in her disappearance.
Police are monitoring social media sites and tip lines for anyone with any information. Jessica is 4'10," 80 pounds, has shoulder-length blonde hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a black jacket with pink and purple eyeglasses. Anyone with any information is being asked to call the Westminster Police tip line: 303-658-4336 or email PDamberalert@cityofwestminster.us.
See the vigil flyer: