10/19/2012 05:45 pm ET Updated Oct 19, 2012

Jessica Ridgeway Case: Wooden Cross Found During Investigation Could Be 'Pivotal Piece Of Evidence' In Finding Girl's Killer

Westminster Police Department have released photos a wooden cross recovered during the Jessica Ridgeway investigation which, they say, could be a "pivotal piece of evidence that helps authorities identify and locate Jessica's killer."


The cross is described as solid piece of wood, approximately 1 1/2 inches tall by 1 inch wide with a hole drilled through the upper post portion to possibly be worn on a necklace. As seen in the photos below, on one side of the cross are three vertical bars etched into the shorter horizontal section as well as a zig-zag pattern carved into the opposite side. The upper post portion is offset from the lower post portion below the horizontal section.

Via Westminster PD's Facebook update:

Authorities are looking for someone who may carry or wear this type of cross, may have recently purchased one of these, or is known to have some association with one. Police are also looking for a local business that may sell these specific crosses. Police believe there may be a connection between the Jessica Ridgeway murder and the attempted abduction at Ketner Lake, and urge the public to specifically look for someone with a cross like this that matches the suspect’s description from Ketner Lake.

Five images of a wooden cross were uploaded to the Westminster PD Facebook page Friday afternoon.

The suspect from the attempted abduction at Ketner Lake is described by the police as follows:

  • Light skinned male.
  • 18-35 (or someone whose appearance with a ball cap may look that age).
  • Brown hair.
  • Medium build.
  • 5'6" to 5'8" (Height can vary above or below these approximations)

Police are asking the community to look through the pictures and call the tip line or send an email with information that may identify the killer or where the person who lost the cross may have gotten it. Tip line: 303-658-4336 email:

Photos of the wooden cross found and other pictures from the Jessica Ridgeway case:



Jessica Ridgeway Case