TODAY | October 10, 2012
>>> matt, thank u. the parentsf a missing colorado girl are speaking out for the first time since their daughter's miss appearance. nbc's miguel almaguer has the latest on this story. miguel , good morning to you.
>> reporter: good morning. federal, state and local authorities are all working this case as jessica parents speak out for the first time and a community comes together.
>> let's have a moment of silence where we just keep our lights to the sky.
>> reporter: at a park where she often played, more than 1,000 gathered to pray for jessica ridgeway. the pint-sized 10-year-old seen in this recent home video has been missing since friday.
>> she's my rock. i mean, she's all of our rock. she's the one when you're kind of down, she's going to come along, and she's going to make you laugh.
>> reporter: police say jessica was last seen walking to school. her mother, sarah ridgeway, said good-bye shortly before jessica vanished.
>> i wash her back out the door, and i shut the door, and that's the last time i saw her, and i want her to come backing back through that door. i need her to walk through that door.
>> reporter: when jessica 's school called home to say she had never made it to class, jessica 's mom, who works the night shift, was sleeping. hours passed before she got the message. jessica was nowhere to be found.
>> i made sure, you know, she wasn't in the places that i knew she wasn't going to be, but, you know, you have to check, and she wasn't there, and that's when i knew. i went straight back home, lled directly 911.
>> reporter: sunday jessica 's backpack was found some six miles from her home, one of the few clues police have made public. authorities have canvassed mile after mile, some 400 homeowners in jessica 's neighborhood alone will be interviewed. tuesday the fbi was back at jessica 's home, leaving with babag s. police say her mother and father are fully cooperating. jessica 's dad w lives in missouri has flown to colorado to bring his fifth grader home.
>> it's the worst thing i've ever been through.
>> and then you get the pit in your stomach that you don't want any parent, any parento ever experience in their whole entire life. everything's just been taken
>> reporter: little girl who loves to dance, often giggling and always playing with her dolls has been gone for almost a week. a community grieving together as a mother and father hold out hope.
>> we'll never stop looking, and we love her.
>> reporter: as the investigation and the search for jessica enters day six, police say they do not believe her disappearance is connected to any other possible abductions that have happened in this region. more than 100 officers continue to work this case, but, savannah, there have been no major breaks.
>> all right. miguel almaguer in colorado this morning. thank you.