Student, 17, arrested in Jessica Ridgeway killing
Austin Reed Sigg, 17, was arrested this morning.
October 24th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

Student, 17, arrested in Jessica Ridgeway killing

Editor's note: A 17-year-old student was arrested Tuesday evening in this month's killing of 10-year-old Denver-area girl Jessica Ridgeway, according to police in Westminster, Colorado.

Austin R. Sigg, who lived not far from Ridgeway, will be charged as an adult in her death and in a separate, attempted abduction in May, authorities say.

[Updated at 6:50 p.m. ET] One of Ridgeway's great-grandmothers, Donna Moss of Independence, Missouri, told CNN affiliate KSHB that she wouldn't be able to look in the suspect's face "and not be judgmental."

"It's all I've got within me to not want to just burn him. And I mean burn him," Moss told KSHB on Wednesday.

"For me, my steps have to be one step at a time to forgiveness," Moss said. "Because yes, I am really angry."

[Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET] The student arrested in Ridgeway's death, 17-year-old Austin R. Sigg, will be tried as an adult, Jefferson County District Attorney Pam Russell said Wednesday.

Charges probably will be filed on Monday, Russell said. Authorities said earlier that Sigg, who was arrested Tuesday night, will face murder and kidnapping charges in death of Ridgeway, who is from Westminster in the Denver area. Sigg also will be charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted murder charges regarding allegations that he tried to abduct someone else on May 28 at Ketner Lake in Westminster.

Sigg and Ridgeway lived about one mile apart, on opposite sides of Ketner Lake, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.

Ridgeway, also from Westminster, was last seen alive by her mother as the girl left for school October 5. A body was found days later at a park just five miles from Westminster, and police identified it as Ridgeway's on October 12.

Hundreds of volunteers had searched fields and streets, posted fliers and canvassed neighborhoods since news broke of the girl's disappearance. Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers also worked the case.

Earlier Wednesday, police had said Sigg was arrested on Wednesday. They later corrected themselves, saying he'd actually been apprehended Tuesday evening.

[Updated at 2:44 p.m. ET] We can now report that the 17-year-old suspect is Austin Reed Sigg.

While CNN does not normally show the booking photo or name suspects who are juveniles, police mentioned Sigg's name and released his photograph in hopes the public could provide information related to the case.

Jessica Ridgeway, 10, was last seen by her mother.

[Updated at 2:14 p.m. ET] Jessica Ridgeway's family was told this morning that an arrest was made in the 10-year-old's death, police said.

"We hope and pray that this arrest gives them some measure of closure in dealing with this horrible loss and tragedy they have suffered,"  Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk told reporters.

Charges will officially be filed in the next couple of days, officials said.

The 17-year-old suspect was arrested on preliminary charges including two counts of first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping in the Ridgeway case. He also faces a charge of attempted murder and attempted abduction related to a May 28 kidnapping attempt near Ketner Lake.

A warrant is currently being served on the suspect's home.

The  suspect will have his first court appearance Thursday at 8 a.m.

[Updated at 1:50 p.m. ET] A 17-year-old student has been arrested in the murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, according to a Westminster, Colorado, police report.

The report says the student is charged with first degree murder and second degree kidnapping.

CNN is not naming the suspect or showing his mugshot until we can determine whether he is being charged as an adult or a juvenile.

[Posted at 1:32 p.m. ET] Police in Westminster, Colorado, arrested someone today in connection with the Jessica Ridgeway murder case.

Jessica, 10, was last seen by her mother as she left for school October 5. Her body was found last week at a park in Arvada, a Denver suburb five miles from Westminster.

"Late Tuesday evening police received a call that led them to a home near the Ketner Lake Open Space," police said in a press release.

That visit allowed police to make an arrest in the Ridgeway case, as well as another case, an attempted abduction near Ketner Lake.

That's all we know right now. Police will have a news conference at 2 p.m. ET. We'll be sure to update you as soon as we have more information.

soundoff (530 Responses)
  1. Sue Tervonen

    There is a mugshot of him on the KRDO website.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bob

    Well, I'll release the name. Austin Sigg. 17 year old student at Arapahoe Community College. Hopefully tried as an adult and executed.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      Did he look like this on Monday, Bob?

      October 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah, right

      Random, CJ. Who is that, your ex boyfriend?

      October 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • M3S

      You are not eligible for the death penalty as a minor, even if tried as an adult. They said he will be tried as an adult.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lynda

    And all we will hear is how bad of a life this boy had as a child, poor baby........ Lot's of us had it tuff as a child and survived just fine and not killers.....

    October 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • muir

      Well no we have not heard that. In fact the opposite seems to be the case.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lynda

    You are spot on. Don't need to fill up the prisons anymore with these psychopaths. Right to the chamber after the guilty verdict I say.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Agreed..and forget about their rights as an adult or juvenile.I'm so sick of hearing about alledged killers and upholding their rights..they lost their rights when they decided to murder and even worse..kill young children.The don't get any more rights as far as i'm concered!

      October 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. M.E.

    We must not be too hasty, he needs to be found guilty in court based upon solid evidence first and foremost. After all, how horrible would it be if we put an innocent man in jail while the killer walks free. It's happened before in Colorado, we can't let it happen again.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • photogrrl

      I agree with you. I am against vigilante justice for this reason...even though it's a very unpopular view at the moment. Hopefully the right person was arrested and will be charged and found guilty.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I would say it's still reprehensible.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    I would love to take this piece of dung out and lynch him this very moment, but I guess we'll have to give the blood-sucking defense lawyers the chance to make their hundred million dollars from the tax payer before we can execute him 30 years from now.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sari

    Could we please wait until we, you know, have a trial before we execute the kid? Seriously, due process exists in this country for a reason. Save your attacks until after the facts are known.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Hartman

      The facts are he has been arrested for 1st degree murder and DNA played a huge part in the arrest. Enough already.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. a father

    I hope this somehow gives the family some sense of closure so that they may move on in life in peace.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Hartman

      Closure, when your child has been murdered, is a fantasy.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ES71

      There can never be a closure in a death of a child. Her parents will suffer for the rest of their lives, And he did that.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. His Dudeness

    Looks like he tried to grab another child, very fortunate not to be reading about a serial killer on the loose.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fed Up

    It appears from the article he turned himself in. What kind of a monster could do that to a child???? or anyone for that matter. If found guilty parchute his sorry a@# to Syria! I don't want to feed him the rest of his life.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rogerdaugherty

    I come from Santa Cruz, Ca. We had; in the '70's...(3) serial-killers..{whom- thankfully; were caught}. The monstrosity of a mindset of any human to act this way is the extreme experience in all evils. I am so sad for the many persons affected in this situation. Also; I am finding that all the 'many' of Colorado's terrible experiences in these short amount of so very unusual; and of course, most tragic in a historical amount of such events. May God be with all persons effected.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. julnor

    He should be lucky that the police got to him before Jessica's father. If it were my daughter I'd.......

    October 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. moloka4me

    "The Associated Press has reported that Sigg's mother said the boy turned himself in. "I made the phone call, he turned himself in. That's all I have to say."

    October 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ES71

      It sounds like the mother turned him in, in reality.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    Whats up with children killing other children these days?

    October 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • noteaparty4me

      White people's children's morals are out the window. They don;t have the black woman there raising them anymore. Whites are just doing a poor job parenting is what I see.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troll la di da

      noteapartyforme is a troll.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elk Hunter are an idiot! So what about the two 17yo black kids who killed that 12yo little girl recently. Where was the "black woman" raising them? Quit making this a race issue you racist moron.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
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