10/11/2012 08:12 pm ET Updated Oct 12, 2012

FBI Denver Division Releases A Suspect Profile In Connection With Disappearance Of Jessica Ridgeway

Though the body found in Arvada on Wednesday evening has not yet been publicly identified, the FBI has released a behavioral profile of a possible suspect in the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway and are seeking the public's help in finding him.

In a press release sent out Thursday evening, the FBI Denver Division said that it is continuing to utilize resources to support the Westminster Police Department in their investigation into the suspected abduction of Jessica, who has been missing since Oct. 5th. The FBI said it is helping with personnel, an evidence response team, a specialized dog search group, members of the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team, and their Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU).

According to a profile detailed by the FBI's BAU, the suspect is likely a male and may be exhibiting changes in their behavior since last Friday when Jessica was reported missing:

  • Often, someone in the community will unknowingly be associated with the offender of the crime, and may be in a position to observe behavioral changes in that person. They will recognize the changes, and may even question the person about it, but may not relate the changes to that person’s involvement in the crime.
  • Immediately following the incident, he may miss work. The absence will be sudden and unplanned. He may either be a “no show” or he may offer a plausible excuse such as illness, death in the family, car trouble, etc.
  • He may miss scheduled appointments/commitments and be unaccounted for during this period. These appointments/commitments may include such things as medical appointments, meetings with a probation officer, prior commitment to a friend or family member, drug test, etc.
  • He may suddenly leave town, either with no explanation or with some plausible reason.
  • This individual may express an intense interest in the status of this investigation and pay close attention to the media. However, some offenders may quickly turn off media accounts or try to redirect conversations concerning the victims or their families.
  • There may be changes in the usual consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • He may make a change in his appearance or alter something to prevent identification, such as changing the look of his vehicle, clean or discard his vehicle.


The Search For Jessica Ridgeway