Colorado teen charged as adult in 10-year-old missing girl’s death, abduction
Denver, CO, United States (4E) – The 17-year-old Colorado student has been formally indicted Tuesday with alleged kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, whose body parts were discovered at a Denver suburb park earlier this month.
According to authorities, Austin Reed Sigg, who studies at Arapahoe Community College, has also been charged with trying to abduct, sexually attack and murder a female jogger last May.
The charges were documented in a 17-count accusation filed by Jefferson County, Colorado, District Attorney Pam Russell Tuesday.
Sigg, whose house is located just a mile away from Ridgeway’s home in Westminster, has been charged as an adult.
He was taken in custody a week ago and has been accused of choking Ridgeway, dismembering the girl and hiding some of her body parts in a crawlspace under his family’s home.
Police initially found parts of the missing girl’s body at a park five miles away, five days after her disappearance while on her way to Witt Elementary School on October 5.
It was reported that Sigg’s mother called 911 last Tuesday night and handed the phone to the teenager, who started confessing the crime.
Sigg has also been indicted for attacking a 22-year-old woman jogger at Ketner Lake last May.