Jessica Ridgeway predator search: Could killer have attended her memorial service?

Update: More than 2,000 people attended a memorial service last night for Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl who was found murdered in an Arvada open-space area a week ago today. Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk and Governor John Hickenlooper were among those in attendance. But could the killer also have made an appearance? One former FBI profiler says "yes."

"Whoever is responsible for that young girl's death could even show up at that ceremony," Clint Van Zandt told 9News. "So law enforcement is going to be there."

Plenty of officers were, joined by family, friends and loved ones of Jessica, many of them decked out in purple, her favorite color. Songs, photos and reflections were all part of the service, held at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada.

Meanwhile, those who've been gathering at the Missing Jessica Ridgeway Facebook page continue to share their grief and shock over this senseless act of violence. Here's one example:

She is now with the Lord and her family is here so we need to be there for them. Comfort and uphold when their heart is hurting at the horrible loss of their loving child. I'm a mother and grandmother and my heart is with u at this time. Love is a healing tool and God is there to cry out to.
And here's another:
What you have done for this little girl is more than I could ever have imagined. I know you've been there since the beginning and have tirelessly worked to aid the search and now for justice. I think you are an amazing woman and my heart goes out to you as well as the family of little Jessica. Take credit where credit is deserved! You are a wonderful person and an upstanding citizen! I have kept you in my thoughts through this journey and I just wanted to let you know what an amazing person you truly are.
Tips continue to pour in to law enforcement -- literally thousands of them. Investigators are currently pouring through them, with Birk noting at the service that his colleagues and many others are working "tirelessly, diligently, and we are committed until we achieve justice for Jessica."

Look below to see an excerpt from the service, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue to see our previous coverage, including photos and videos.

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