Published: Oct 23, 2012 11:53 AM EDT

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) - Police are saying that the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl in suburban Denver this month is connected to a kidnapping attempt against a young woman earlier this year.
Authorities aren't releasing any details about that link but Westminster investigator Trevor Materasso said Tuesday that they're looking for a suspect in connection with both cases that they describe as "a light-skinned man" between 18 and his mid-30s of average height and build.
Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 after leaving for school. Her body was found five days later in a nearby field.
And police say a 22-year-old woman reported escaping from an attacker who grabbed her from behind and put a rag over her mouth that had a chemical smell as she was jogging past Jessica's school in May.

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