COMPLETE COVERAGE OF JESSICA RIDGEWAY'S MISSING CASE
Sgt. Alan Grinnell with the Dexter, Maine Police told 9NEWS the woman told police she saw the girl resembling Ridgeway Sunday afternoon on Spring Street in Dexter - a small town northwest of Bangor in central Maine. Dexter is 2,092 miles from Westminster, Colo.
The witness did not report the sighting to police until Tuesday at 10 a.m. because she did not see the Amber Alert for Jessica on her computer until Tuesday morning, Grinell told 9NEWS Crime and Justice Reporter Anastasiya Bolton.
The woman, who Grinnell will not identify, described the car the girl was seen in as a light-blue Buick station wagon - a mid 1990s model - with Colorado plates. She did not get the plate number.
The car had roof racks and five spoke wheels, Grinnell says.
Grinnell told 9NEWS there is a BOLO - or a Be On the Look Out for emergency alert - for the car in the state of Maine, and the police department has passed along this information to Westminster Police.
9NEWS reached out to Westminster Police Wednesday morning asking about this report. Westminster Police said they are taking this tip as seriously as every other tip they receive, and they are talking to police in Maine. However, they were surprised this particular tip took off like it did because they have received tips from other parts of the country as well, such as Maryland, Nevada, Texas and Wyoming, just to name a few.
"We want people to be aware that this is only one tip in the hundreds that we have received," Westminster spokesperson Trevor Matarasso said Wednesday. "Obviously, this disappearance of Jessica has garnered national attention. We're receiving tips from across the country. We don't want the focus to shift to one location. Obviously, we are handling every one of those tips. We're working with law enforcement partners across the country to handle those tips."
Jessica has been missing since Friday morning when she didn't make it to school. Fifteen local, state and federal agencies are looking for the 10-year-old.
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