Thu, Oct 11, 2012
Police are investigating a possible link between an abandoned car found in the city and the case of a missing girl in Colorado.
The investigation of the car is linked to a case involving 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Colorado, who was last seen Oct. 5, when walking to school.
“This vehicle has a loose association with the Colorado situation,” Keaveny said. “We’re doing our due diligence to follow up on it.”
Sgt. Kuffer Kaltenborn said the vehicle was reported to police shortly after 8:30 a.m.
“We don’t know why (the car) is here,” Kaltenborn said.
Before police confirmed the car was linked to the Ridgeway case, Kaltenborn said the car may be linked to a “kidnapping/murder” case in Colorado. As of Thursday morning, the Ridgeway case has not been declared a murder investigation by authorities in Colorado.
Portsmouth police cordoned off a parking lot off Constitution Avenue on the connector road to the Walmart plaza on Lafayette Road.
A K9 unit was called in to investigate both the car and the surrounding area.
Kaltenborn said there is no further information yet that indicates the car is tied to the kidnapping/murder case. The car, which had a Colorado license plate of 195-WIS, was towed from the scene shortly after 10 a.m.
“We are putting the car into evidence and going to reach out to authorities in Colorado to try and figure out how they want us to follow up,” Kaltenborn said.
According to an Associated Press report on Thursday morning, the search for Ridgeway, a fifth-grade student, is continuing after a body was found in a suburban Denver park seven miles from where she disappeared.
Police initially provided no information on the body and made no link to Ridgeway in a news conference regarding the finding.