The police search in Colorado for the killer of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway led them just a mile from where it began, to the home of a teenager with an aptitude for crime-scene forensics and an interest in mortuary science, the Denver Post reports. Authorities arrested Austin Reed Sigg, 17, who lived about 1½ miles from Jessica, after Sigg’s mother called authorities and he turned himself in.
Sigg is due in court this morning, where he will be advised that he is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, felony murder and kidnapping in Jessica’s case, and on suspicion of criminal attempt to kidnap and murder in an attack on a jogger. No details of the evidence against Sigg were released, and documents already filed in the case have been sealed. Jessica disappeared Oct. 5. Her backpack was discovered two days later and 6 miles away. Her dismembered body was then found Oct. 10 in a bag in a field 9 miles from her home.