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Jessica Ridgeway's mother works to save kids through new app

7:31 AM, Oct 6, 2013   |    comments
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LARIMER COUNTY - Sarah Ridgeway says the park where Jessica never made it to that day is just one of the ways her daughter's legacy will live on.

Saturday afternoon, Sarah was in Larimer County to take part in the launch of a new app called "The Lassy Project." It's an app that will notify parents if their child goes missing.

John Guydon is the CEO of the Lassy Project and says he was inspired to create the application after Jessica went missing.

"As long as they're walking the designated route that the parents program, everything is fine. The moment they start to stray from that route - that's when mom and dad get that initial notification saying 'your kid is off course.' After they investigate, if everything is OK they close the alert," Guydon said. "But, if something is actually wrong, that's when they press the escalate button and we get involved."

Once the parents file a police report, Guydon says the "village" or community will get a notification on their phone that a child is missing so they can be on the lookout for the child. Guydon says the "village" consists of people who have downloaded the app and are in the general area of where the child was last seen.

Sarah says the last year has been difficult for her. She has had her ups and downs, but says having an app inspired by the loss of her daughter helps her cope.

"It has been an up and down day and different days have been up and down. It just takes one day at a time," Sarah said.

On Saturday, dozens of people were at a local neighborhood park to celebrate Jessica's life and the amazing legacy she left behind at just 10-years-old.

Jessica's mother says she will continue to work to spread the word about the free app. The Lassy Project has been unanimously indorsed by the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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