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. jaintn

    OMG if he's reached this point at the age of 17 it's a good thing this creature has been caught. If he did it, he should be put down like any rabid wild animal, but he'll probably do 20 years and then back on the streets to hunt.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bushney

    Move to a city where you can get shot by a hoodlum.... good idea.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. loisgriffin

    I think this guy looks like Robert Pattinson

    October 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • quagmire

      OMG It does look like Robert!!

      October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mtv

      Looks like a young Bam Margera

      October 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      I agree.....I see Bam

      October 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shawn

    I agree that the parents can't always determine a child's actions. This mother is no more responsible for his actions than you or me. Poor mother getting judged and convicted by society for her son's actions.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imminent

      Sorry to hurt any timid, weakly parents in here. Parents SHOULD know their children well. Parents SHOULD be involved in their children's enough to know all about them till they turn 18 and/or move out of the home. If you don't know what your kids are in to now, you're failing as a parent.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      She should be hailed as a hero! She's partly responsible for him being caught.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TSmith78

    Seems like Colorado is a breeding ground for these types!

    October 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • PS

      You're out of line – you know not of what you speak. I lived near where this young lady was murdered for nearly 10 years. It is a nice area, the last place on earth you'd think someone could grow up to be a brutal killer. There are some good people in tight-knit communities around there and very safe, which is why this is such a horrendous shock. Children of friends of mine went to school with or knew this girl and her family in some way and it's been devastating for them.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • a father

      Or they all moved here from your state.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      There are over 5 million people in Colorado.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bqm13

    You Twit. Gang Bangers kill more of blacks than these so called typical caucasian male.
    If you are white and move to the inner city the chances of you becoming a victim of a violent crime increases by over 35%.
    Ignorant FUCH

    October 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Please post a link to a site where this "statistic" can be verified. Or is it just something pulled out of thin air to support a racist rant?

      October 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaliforniaKid

      Blacks and White youth kill for different reasons

      October 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • V.P.

      So white folks kill less than blacks? You racist are real funny. Have a nice day.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    Mug shots aren't supposed to look good!

    October 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 4pease

    God keep Jessica well. Sad that we never know who we can trust.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fnordz

      You do realize that if your god had kept Jessica well, this never would have happened, right? Oh, the irony.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sixin

      Fnordz: Nobody, even the evil among us, are denied the freedom of choice.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TSmith78

    Look at all these responses from the typical Suburban looney's<~~~ My point exactly!

    October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RR

    The article also states:

    He also faces a charge of attempted murder and attempted abduction related to a May 28 kidnapping attempt near Ketner Lake.

    What a shame. My prayers are with the family for the angel they lost.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Republican are funny.

    Pat Robertsons,young nephew.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh rogen

      save your hate for your next OWS protest

      October 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TSmith78

    ROFL!!!! HA HA HA HA! Wacko's

    October 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. itsmyopinion

    and THEY were looking for the BIG NOSE CRUMPY OLD MAN . Why people think that Predators could be only Old White Guy ?

    October 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      No they weren't. I live in Denver and they released info asking for a suspect who was 18-30 YR's old, 5'6 – 5'8 tall, and that was just two days ago.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 1amazed1

    Bless the family of this little girl. They are going through so much at this time.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Billie 456

    How do you know when you give birth to a child what that child is really going to turn out to be? One can only guide them, teach them and hope for the best. There are no guarantees when it comes to parenting. Blaming the parent for what a child does after they are grown is very judgemental and hurtful. Words are so easily spoken and sometimes so very hard to forget.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isabela

      So tru.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob - eG

      I agree that parents can not be blamed for everything a child does when they grow up, but parents these days don't discipline their children or stay involved in their lives. Obviously this is not directed at everyone.....I'm speaking in genaralities. I see my kid's friends and the way some of their parents fail to worry about where they are, who they are hanging out with, what activities are their kids participating in. All I'm saying is that people, and some parents, have become so self absorbed that they forget they need to be good parents. That's the responsibility they took on when they decided to have kids in the first place.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bard

      This is not an adult male who has grown up and later life committed a crime we then try to blame on the parents. This is a 17 year old kid who lived at home. Therein lies the difference.

      October 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ES71

      Of course parents are to blame. Did they seek any kind of help for him prior to this? I am sure he wasn't normal , he has a look of a physco. parents no doubt knew it.

      October 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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