Austin Reed Sigg, 17, was arrested Tuesday night and has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and kidnapping. The charges are for Jessica’s murder and for the attempted abduction of a jogger in May 2012.
“Law enforcement received the major break in the Jessica Ridgeway investigation they have been hoping for,” said the Westminster Police. “Last Tuesday evening police received a call that led them to a home near the Ketner Lake Open Space.”
Sigg was arrested on 102nd Avenue about a mile from Chelsea Park and in the Custody Report, Austin was said to have been cooperative and that he waived his rights.
UPDATE: October 12, 2012 – Police have confirmed that the body found is Jessica Ridgeway.
UPDATE: Oct. 7, 2012 – A backpack with a waterbottle with Jessica Ridgeway’s name on it has been found in a neighborhood in Superior, Colo.
According to the Daily Camera, a Superior resident sent an email message saying “Children’s Back Pack Found.” The rest of the message read, “Found this morning on the side walk at Andrew Drive and Alpha Court. Water bottle has ‘Jessica Ridgeway’ name on it. Come and get it.”
The police have closed the roads to all non-residents and police are searching trunks of residents’ cars in the neighborhood.
Investigators are asking people to call 303-654-4336 or email at PDamberalert@cityofwestminster.us, if they have any information about Jessica’s whereabouts.
Jessica Ridgeway was last seen near 107th avenue and Moore Street in Westminster, Colorado. She went to a nearby park to meet a friend to walk to school but she never met the friends and never arrived at school. Jessica is 4’10” tall, 80 pounds with blue eyes and blonde shoulder length hair. She was wearing a black jacket and pink and purple glasses. If you see Jessica, please call the Westminster police at 303-658-4360.