17-Year-Old Austin Reed Sigg Accused of Murdering 10-Year-Old Jessica Ridgeway

| by Michael Allen

Westminster, Colorado police have arrested 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg, on Tuesday, in the kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, reports the Denver Post.

Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said in a press release: "This morning the Ridgeway family was notified of this arrest. We hope and pray this arrest gives them some measure of closure in dealing with their horrible loss and tragedy."

Sigg's mother, Mindy Sigg, told the Associated Press: "I made the phone call, and he turned himself in. That's all I have to say."

Sigg is being held at the Mount View Youth Services Center in Lakewood, Colorado.

The young man will be charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and a second-degree kidnapping charge. He will make his first court appearance on Thursday at 8 a.m.

Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a press release: "Every parent in every Colorado community will rest a little easier tonight. While we still mourn the death of Jessica Ridgeway, we are relieved an arrest has been made and the pursuit of justice can continue. We are especially grateful today to law enforcement officers at all levels for their quick action in this case."

Sigg reportedly lives about 1½ miles south of where Jessica Ridgeway was snatched from the street as she walked to school on Oct. 5. Her body was found "not intact" 11 miles away in an Arvada, Colorado open space on Oct. 9.