Body found during search for 10-year-old Colorado girl

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Police searching in Colorado for missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway have discovered a body in an area of abandoned mines, but have not indicated whether there is a connection with the fifth-grader who has been missing since she left home for school on Friday, KUSA-TV reports.

The body was removed from Pattridge Park in Arvada, an area used on the weekends by road bikers and model airplane flyers.

It is about seven miles southwest of Jessica's home in Westminster and several miles south of where Jessica's backpack was found in Superior, KUSA reports.

Westminster police plan to release more information at a 6:30 a.m. MT (8:30 a.m. ET) news conference.

On Wednesday evening, Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso said, "We are unable to make a connection to the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway," The Denver Post reports.

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Jessica, a blonde-haired girl who wears glasses, was last seen Friday morning as she left home on a short walk to school. Police believe she was abducted.

Police are now investigating whether Jessica's case might be related to that of an 11-year-old girl who was lured into an SUV in Cody, Wyo., by a man who released her four hours later. She was found by hunters, the Associated Press reports.

Cody is about 500 miles northwest of Westminster.

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