Could this man have anything to do with the abduction of Jessica Ridgeway?

A composite sketch released by Arvada police in 2011

In Fall of 2011, the Arvada Police Dept. were looking for a man who was wanted in a series of attempted child abductions and an indecent exposure incident.

On November 4, three 12-year-old girls were in the area of 69th and Robb Street with a man approached them and exposed and touched himself.

On November 12, 2011, a man jumped out of the bushes and grabbed a 12-year-old girl at the Danny Kendrick Park and Apex Recreation Center and tried to abducted her, but she was able to get away.

On November 16, a 6-year-old child was approached by a man as she sat in a lounge area of the YMCA on Eldridge Street.  He covered her mouth with his hands and took her outside, but she was able to break free and run to her parents inside the building.

Map from Arvada to Westminster

The police did not say if all these incidents were by the same man, but the descriptions are similar, and they were all in the same general area.

This man is still at large.  Could he have come to the area during hunting season and then left when the sketch was released, only to come back the following hunting season.  He was thought to have had a blue mountain bike. Could he have used that mountain bike to ride that Denver suburban park where Jessica’s remains were found.  Could this man be the one that abducted Jessica Ridgeway? 

The suspect was described at the time as a white male, in his 50’s to 60’s with salt-and-pepper colored hair. He has a wrinkled face and a potbelly. His height is between 5’ 5” and 6’ tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. He may be associated with a grayish-colored sedan and possibly a blue mountain bike.

 Retired FBI behavioral analyst Clinton Van Zandt said tip-offs about the suspect could include someone suddenly growing a beard, getting a new haircut or other changes in appearance. Other clues might be out-of-character behavior, he said.

But, I am thinking if the suspect only comes to the town during hunting season, his growing a beard or strange behavior would not be noticed.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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