The family of a 10-year-old Colorado girl found dead now has a major problem with the nonprofit group that helped look for her when she was missing.
Jessica Ridgeway's family has issued a cease-and-desist letter to Colorado's Missing Children Foundation to stop using Jessica's name or likeness to help raise money, said the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, which worked on the letter.
Jessica was killed after being abducted on her way to school. Her dad and grandmother live in Independence.
The Colorado Missing Children's Foundation was created by some volunteers who looked for Jessica after she went missing Oct. 5. After Jessica's body was found, the volunteers formed a foundation to help all missing children in Colorado.
Ben Bargas, who said he's on the foundation board, said he and others have raised money for Jessica's family, but now the Ridgeways want to form their own foundation.
As of Wednesday evening, the foundation's website still included Jessica's name.
"It's not like we're using her name to make a profit. We're trying to use her name to tell a story of how the whole foundation was started," Bargas said.
Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) and The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
A Colorado girl went missing on Oct. 5. Her father, Jeremy Bryant, lives in Independence. He has traveled to Colorado to assist in the search for her. Independence family hopes for answers after AmberMore>>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 8:12 PM EST2013-12-05 01:12:59 GMT
A pedestrian crossing Interstate 35 in the Northland was killed after striking the front windshield of a Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. This occurred northbound lanes of I-35 just past theMore >
A pedestrian crossing Interstate 35 in the Northland was killed after striking the front windshield of a Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus. It was first day on the job for the driver, who graduated first in her class. More >
Tuesday, December 3 2013 6:04 PM EST2013-12-03 23:04:20 GMT
The man accused in a quadruple murder in Parsons, KS, was in court Monday. David Bennett, Jr. is accused of killing Cami Umbarger and her three children. He appeared in court through a video feed fromMore >
The man accused in a quadruple murder in Parsons, KS, was in court Monday.More >
Wednesday, December 4 2013 2:11 PM EST2013-12-04 19:11:21 GMT
A homicide occurred on Sunday at Arrowhead where the Kansas City Chiefs and Broncos played each other.More >
The man who died following a struggle at Arrowhead Stadium during the Chiefs game is the son of an area police sergeant. Three who were taken into custody and questioned as part of the death investigation were released Monday. More >
A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country is bringing bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California.More >
The jet stream hunkered to the south Wednesday, promising to bring nearly a week of temperatures that could dip to minus 20 or worse in the northern midsection of the country, and forcing much of the rest of the nation to...More >
Tuesday, December 3 2013 11:27 PM EST2013-12-04 04:27:37 GMT
After more than 20 years police say they have made an arrest for a Clay County cold case investigation. Now prosecutors are charging a woman with second degree murder from 1990. The Clay County sheriffMore >
Authorities say they have arrested a woman in connection with an August 1990 slaying because the case nagged an investigator who is now sheriff.More >
Tuesday, December 3 2013 2:15 PM EST2013-12-03 19:15:04 GMT
Two Liberty parents are angry tonight, as they wonder how their seven year old daughter managed to walk out of school unnoticed, and walk home by herself. "Crossing the train tracks was fun," Emily BoxMore >
A 7-year-old walked home by herself from her Liberty elementary school. She had to cross train tracks and walk more than a mile. Her parents want to know how it could have happened. More >
Wednesday, December 4 2013 4:50 PM EST2013-12-04 21:50:19 GMT
Skydivers killed over Eloy
Two skydivers are dead and a third was injured after colliding midair during a jump over a southern Arizona community, the FAA said.More >
The victims were from the United Kingdom (pictured on the right) and Germany (seen on the left). Both skydivers had open parachutes when they collided about 200 to 300 feet above the ground near Eloy and their canopies collapsed.More >