This story is part of Boulder Weekly's Jessica Ridgeway package.
Killer's 'awareness space' might lead to clues, by Joel Dyer and Jefferson Dodge
Sketches of a killer, by David Accomazzo and Elizabeth Miller
Local schools respond to Jessica's death, by Elizabeth Miller
Boulder County sheriff: trick or treat with your kids this year, by Jefferson Dodge
Westminster Police: Ketner Lake attempted abductions may be linked to Jessica Ridgeway, by Boulder Weekly staff
Jessica Ridgeway: Local law enforcement reacts to murder, by Jefferson Dodge
Westminster Police Department has announced an arrest in the Oct. 5 abduction and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.
Police confirmed that their suspect lives near the girl's home. He is identified as Austin Sigg, 17. He lives only a few blocks from Ketner Lake and less than a mile from Jessica Ridgeway's home.
Read the press release below:
Law enforcement received the major break in the Jessica Ridgway investigation they have been hoping for. Late Tuesday evening police received a call that led them to a home near the Ketner Lake Open Space. With this discovery, police are able to announce we have made an arrest in the Ridgeway murder investigation. Additionally, authorities will file charges against the attacker in the May 28, 2012, attempted abduction at Ketner Lake.
Police will release additional information about the arrest at a press conference in front of the Westminster Police Department at 12:00 pm, today. (9110 Yates Street, Westminster, CO 80031).
- Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk
- FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mike Rankin
- Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey
At the press conference, media will be provided with a copy of the arrest and booking custody along with a photograph of the suspect. A digital copy of both will be forwarded by email once the press conference has concluded.
Police believe the public may view the suspect’s photograph and have additional information to provide to the investigation. The release of the photograph may also help authorities determine if this individual is responsible for any other crime/s, either reported or unreported. The police tip line is still operating: 303-658-4336 or email: PDamberalert@cityofwestminster.us
The identification and apprehension means residents will see increased police activity in very focused areas of our communities. A tremendous amount of investigation and follow up still needs to be conducted and police ask the public and media for their continued cooperation and understanding. Limited information can be released as both cases move into courts for prosecution.
A limited number of questions will be addressed by Investigator Trevor Materasso following the press conference. If you have any questions regarding this press release, please contact Investigator Trevor Materasso at 303-658-4427 or through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.