TODAY | October 09, 2012
>>> are expanding the search this morning for a 10-year-old colorado girl who disappeared last week on her way to school. nbc's miguel almaguer is live with more on the investigation. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning. as the search for jessica ridgeway enters its fifth day, police have no suspects or persons of interest, but they did find the 10-year-old's backpack which is now being tested as a potential piece of forensic evidence. more than 100 members of law enforcement are searching for jessica ridgeway, a search that has expanded into neighborhoods, open fields and bodies of water near her home. on sunday jessica 's backpack was found about six miles from the missing 10-year-old's house. it's now being examined by the colorado bureau of investigation .
>> they are analyzing that, along with some dna samples that we took from the family.
>> reporter: police say the fifth grader was last seen while walking to school friday morning.
>> we do have some witness information that really makes us believe at 8:30 she was on her way to school and that she did not make it.
>> reporter: jessica 's school is about a third of a mile from her home. police say her mother, who works overnight, was home sleeping when the school left a message to say jessica had not arrived on campus. jessica 's mother reported her missing when she woke up. eight hours after the little girl was last seen on her way to school.
>> it's just a real horrible situation. i can't believe something like this would happen so close to home .
>> reporter: now a shocked and frightened community has rallied to help in any way it can.
>> i just can't fathom losing a child, and it's -- it's been devastating for our families the last three days. went out, volunteered and searched.
>> reporter: but police are not asking for any more volunteers, only for help in distributing these fliers and for people to keep their eyes open for little jessica . jessica 's family has not spoken publicly about this case. police say they are separated, her father living in missouri, her mother living here just outside of denver. savannah?