Jessica Ridgeway killing could be linked to May abduction try, Colo. police say

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Community members in Westminster, Colo. gathered at renamed "Jessica Park" on Oct. 13, 2012, to remember the slain Jessica Ridgeway, 10

(CBS/KREX) WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Police investigating the abduction and slaying of 10-year-old Colorado girl Jessica Ridgeway say the case could be linked to the attempted abduction of a 22-year-old jogger back in May.

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According to CBS affiliate KREX, Westminster police said the suspect in the May case was a white male approximately 5'6" to 5'8" tall with a medium build.

The woman said she was running on a trail around Ketner Lake, less than half a mile from Jessica's home in the Denver suburb of Westminster, when a man grabbed her from behind and placed a rag with a chemical smell over her mouth. She managed to escape.

Jessica was seen alive a few blocks from her home walking to school on Oct. 5. Her backpack was found three days later in Superior, a Denver suburb about seven miles northwest of her home.

Jessica's body was found Oct. 10, the same day authorities ruled out her parents as suspects in her disappearance. Her body was found along a remote road that locals say few knew about.

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