Westminster police say that a wooden cross found by investigators in the Jessica Ridgeway case could be a pivotal piece of evidence that helps authorities identify the 10-year-old girl's killer.
WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Westminster High School is reaching out to the family of Jessica Ridgeway and raising money for the family and investigators looking for the girl's murderer.
On Thursday students will wear purple, Jessica's favorite color, and host a fundraiser.
The money will help feed police investigators who are working overtime to try and solve the case, said Adams County Schools spokesman Steve Saunders.
"In the days after her murder, students and faculty asked what we could do to help," said Principal Michael Lynch.
Students and faculty are being encouraged to bring $1 each on Thursday. The money will be used for box dinners to be delivered Thursday night to more than 170 investigators working at Westminster Police Headquarters, Saunders said.
Adams County superintendent Pamela Swanson praised the school's initiative.
"This crime has reminded us that we really are one community. I hope Jessica's family knows that we are thinking about them and Jessica," she said.
Jessica disappeared on Oct. 5 while walking to school. Police found her body a few days later in an Arvada open space.
Police have no suspects in the case and have been sifting through more than 4,000 tips.
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