17-Year-Old Arrested in Ridgeway Murder

Will file charges in May abduction as well

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 24, 2012 1:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Colorado police have arrested the person they suspect killed Jessica Ridgeway and abducted a woman near Ketner Lake this spring, ABC 7 in Denver reports. At a news conference today, police identified the suspect as 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg, saying they'd found him after getting a call last night that led them to a home near the Ketner Lake Open Space. Sigg's home is about five miles from Ridgeway's. His mother tells the AP that he turned himself in.

On hearing the news, Jessica's great-grandmother said she was "grateful to God that the community pulled together and the police department didn’t quit." Sigg will be charged with both Ridgeway's murder, and the May disappearance, police said.

Jessica Ridgeway's alleged killer, Austin Reed Sigg, is seen in this police handout.
Jessica Ridgeway's alleged killer, Austin Reed Sigg, is seen in this police handout.   (Westminster Police Dept.)
This image provided by the Westminster Colorado Police Department shows Jessica Ridgeway, who went missing on her way to school on Oct. 5.
This image provided by the Westminster Colorado Police Department shows Jessica Ridgeway, who went missing on her way to school on Oct. 5.   (AP Photo/Westminster Colorado Police Department)
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