October 25, 2012

Teen arrested in death of Colorado girl

Austin Reed Sigg's mother says she made the call to police and her son 'turned himself in.'

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Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk announces the arrest Wednesday of Austin Reed Sigg, 17, in the death of Jessica Ridgeway.

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Austin Reed Sigg
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Austin Reed Sigg

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Foster, 19, said he didn't know Sigg well, but "he used to hang out with a lot of us in what we called the goth corner (of the school cafeteria), where all the metal heads were."

"He wore all black so he fit in," Foster said. He added he wasn't surprised that Sigg left high school after the 11th grade.

"I know he didn't like his classes very much," Foster said. "He always complained about school."

Neighbor Brooke Olds, 13, said she usually saw Sigg alone on a skateboard or scooter.

"He was shy and kept to himself," she said.

Police said they notified the Ridgeway family of the arrest Wednesday morning. Jessica lived in Westminster with her mother, Sarah Ridgeway. Jessica's father, Jeremiah Bryant, lives in Missouri. The family, through police, declined to comment.

"We hope and pray that this arrest brings them some measure of closure in dealing with this enormous loss that they've suffered," Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said.

The arrest brought relief to the community, which has been on edge as authorities searched for Jessica's killer. More parents have been waiting with their children at bus stops, and high school students have volunteered to walk younger children to school to keep them safe.

"Every parent in every Colorado community will rest a little easier tonight," said Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has a 10-year-old son. "While we still mourn the death of Jessica Ridgeway, we are relieved an arrest has been made and the pursuit of justice can continue."

After Jessica's disappearance, more than 1,000 officers and 10 agencies, including the FBI, investigated the case, following up on more than 4,000 leads.

Authorities had said Jessica's killer could be someone from the community. They asked residents to be on the lookout for anything suspicious from their bosses, friends and family members, watching for things like leaving home unexpectedly, missing appointments or changing their appearance.


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