TODAY   |  October 11, 2012

Is Colorado body that of missing 10-year-old girl?

Police in Colorado have not confirmed the age or gender of a body they recovered from a rural area not far from the home of missing 10-year old girl Jessica Ridgeway. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>> the disturbing news out of colorado. police have recovered a body near the home of jessica ridgeway . miguel, good morning.

>> reporter: natalie, good morning. and police released few details late last night. they would not confirm the age or even the gender of the body that was recovered. answers they hope to give publicly very shortly. the body was discovered in a rural, open area, a location dotted with abandoned coal mine shafts. investigators spent hours at the crime scene wednesday and wednesday night released few details.

>> the body was discovered near the patridge park open space in the city of arvada. at this time, we're unable to make any connection to the disappearance of jessica ridgeway .

>> reporter: 10-year-old jessica ridgeway vanished nearly a week ago today. the fifth grader last seen walking to school friday morning. police have scoured her neighborhood, nearby fields, and waterways. investigators working jessica 's abduction help process the crime scene where the body was found some 7 miles from jessica 's home and 11 miles from where her backpack was found sunday. detectives have said they don't believe jessica 's parents are involved in her disappearance. her mother and father spoke out just days ago.

>> we'll never stop looking.

>> i want her to come back through that door. i need her to walk back through that door.

>> reporter: overnight, there has been no comment from jessica 's family. we expect to hear from police in about an hour and a half. it's quite possible we'll have a much better indication if that body does belong to the missing 10-year-old, an entire community here holding their collective breath as they pray for little jessica . natalie.

>> and we'll have that update