Sarah Ridgeway said her daughter woke up at 7:45 a.m. Friday as usual and ate a granola bar before leaving to meet friends at a park about a block away for their walk to Witt Elementary School. Police say Sarah Ridgeway, a night-shift worker, was asleep and missed a call from school reporting Jessica absent. She got the message when she woke at about 4 p.m., eight hours after she said her daughter left the house.
Sarah Ridgeway checked the park, Jessica’s friends and the school before calling police. Jessica never even met her friends that morning.
Police also searched Bryant’s home in Missouri, where Bryant was at work on Friday, before he traveled to Colorado to be with Jessica’s family.
The protracted search has concerned students and parents throughout the area. Jefferson County’s school district urged parents of students to update their contact information as a first step ‘‘in determining any changes in our attendance practices.’’
‘‘Jessica’s disappearance has understandably created concern for the safety of all students,’’ the district said in an email. ‘‘Please join us in helping to keep your children safe.’’