Austin Reed Sigg: What we know about teen who allegedly killed Jessica Ridgeway


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Jessica Ridgeway.
Update: Moments ago, a brief press conference was staged to announce the arrest of a suspect in the kidnapping and killing of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl who went missing on the way to school October 5. Austin Reed Sigg, seventeen, is being held on suspicion of multiple counts, including first-degree murder and kidnapping. Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk said he hopes the arrest is a "significant step toward justice for Jessica."

After being introduced by Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso, Birk noted that "seventeen-year-old Austin Sigg is in our custody" before thanking the community "for the tremendous public outpouring of support," which he said gave law enforcement strength and encouragement during the investigative process. He added that the same was true for the Ridgeway family. He also had words of praise for other law enforcement agencies involved in the inquiry, be they local, state or federal, and folks who called in tips, which he described as "instrumental and very helpful."

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Trevor Materasso at the press conference.
According to Birk, "We notified the Ridgeway family this morning of the arrest. We hope and pray this arrest gives them some measure of closure in dealing with this horrible tragedy and the loss they have suffered.

"We hope in some way knowing an arrest has been made in this case will maybe cause our community to rest a little easier," he added.

Next to the microphone was Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, who echoed many of Birk's statements. He called the investigation a collaborative effort between assorted agencies that continued day and night from October 5 onward. But when it came to details, he was circumspect.

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Westminster police chief Lee Birk, Jeffco DA Scott Storey and other officials arrive at the press conference.
"Justice for Jessica is a process," Storey said, "and this is the beginning of that process.... I know you're yearning for a lot of information. We can't give you a lot of information. Affidavits in this case have been sealed.

"I can tell you that charges are forthcoming. Charges will be filed within the next couple of days, and then we start a different process.... This is a continuing investigation. Certainly, we are still focused on the integrity of the investigation, and then we'll go into the prosecution aspect of it."

Storey stressed that "Mr. Sigg has a presumption of innocence and we're going to honor that." He then deflected questions from the assembled reporters, including one that he couldn't answer because of Sigg's age; at seventeen, he is technically a juvenile, although he could be charged as an adult.

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Austin Reed Sigg.

After Storey concluded his remarks, Materasso addressed the press. He pointed out that Sigg's first court appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. tomorrow morning at Division 10 in Jefferson County Court. He also noted that Sigg is being held on suspicion of two first-degree murder counts, both associated with Jessica Ridgeway, plus a kidnapping charge. Two subsequent counts -- criminal attempts at murder and kidnapping -- are related to the May incident at Ketner Lake where an adult jogger narrowly avoided being abducted.

Materasso also said that a warrant is being served on a home in the Ketner Lake area and stressed that the investigation remains ongoing. If anyone has additional information about Sigg, the case or other incidents, he went on, they should phone the Ridgeway tip line at 303-658-4336.

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AnonymousLucy5
AnonymousLucy5

Dad has an outstanding mullet! However I don't see how Dads somewhat petty criminal past could of been a contribution in anyway to sons behavior. Sigg is clearly disturbed. Does anyone know what caused mom to be suspicious?

schotzi
schotzi

For some reason I felt compelled to comment on this.. So this kid was in my biology class at ACC. he was my lab partner, in fact. He has come to school everyday since this happened like nothing was wrong.  He is incredibly intellegent, mild mannered and seemed very polite. On Tuesday, the day he confessed, he was in bio class, then during the break, (its a 3 hr class) he said he wasnt coming back for the second half because he had to leave. He seemed sort of normal. always. for a 17 yr old. I am so freaked out that ive been sitting next to this kid the whole time this was going on.. seeing all the news reports about jessica.. wondering who the F would do something like this to a little kid. ( i was picturing a nasty old man) BUT NO! IT WAS MY LAB PARTNER. He ended up submitting a DNA sample to the investigation 2 weeks before he confessed, along with 500 other people in westminister. You never know who could be sitting right next to you... or what they were doing before they got there. concealed carry? dont mind if i do. 

WhoCares
WhoCares

Notice about 90% of WhoCares posts were getting the thumbs up so they were promptly deleted.

WhoCares
WhoCares

Ha, almost all of WhoCares posts deleted. Can't have the truth getting out about Denver area now can we?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Based on what information we do have, it appears that Westminster PD botched the investigation of crime(s) preceding Jessica Ridgeway's murder.  Perhaps Westminster PD should bow out so they can get back to what they would prefer to be doing and spent some of the four months intervening between the time an eight-year-old was almost abducted at Ketner Lake and last Friday, when they deigned to tell the public doing: conducting illegal mass stops of travellers on I-25!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Westminster is not a community; it is a wasteland.  Right about the time a mother reported that her eight-year-old son had been assaulted by a stranger at Ketner Lake, the Westminster PD was gearing up to conduct a series of illegal mass-searches, abetted by CDOT (which misused the public advisory signs and diverted traffic on I-25 into Westminster's criminal operation).  We should all be asking why the WPD did not see fit to tell the public about the May 10 attack. because had we known, the jogger assaulted May 28 might not have been, and Jessica Ridgeway might still be alive. Before the suspect's mother turned him in, it was reported that "hundreds of homes and vehicles" had been searched in the investigation.  Based on the totality of reports in the media, it would seem that the Westminster PD is incompetent at enforcing the laws that protect us, and contemptuous of the requirements of our Constitution, both.  Between waiting over four months to tell us a child had almost been abducted at Ketner Lake on May 10 and searching anyone or anything they want without warrant, WPD seems to be an out-of-control, corrupt organization, little better than a gang of highwaymen.  If there is some justification, explanation, or correction to this account (gleaned from the Denver Post over the recent past), I would love to hear it.  If I lived in Westminster, I would be up in arms!

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

so? i had to study imperial russia but that didnt make me a russian fascist.

Jake Stella
Jake Stella

hmm paradise lost much i hope they aren't just railroading some autistic kid

tildabearddb
tildabearddb

Who the hell raised this sick bastard?  Way to go!  He needs to be tried as an adult, hopefully put in prison just long enough to get raped and then behead this monster where his neighbors and the public can watch and cheer .  Nobody wants to pay for him to get 3 squares in prison for the rest of his life.

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

It appears that this little psycho was interested in joining law enforcement as he had received some awards related to crime scene investigation at his school, college....Did we really need another sadistic psychopath in the police department?

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

I hope the police don't find him. I hope someone with a deep-seated love of torture finds him. He needs to check-out of life screaming.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

I understand that Westminster PD is in the midst of an important investigation, but I believe they have help at this point; they better have help, if, as extant coverage suggests, they sat on the report of an assault by a stranger (under circumstances suggesting the possibility of an attempted abduction) on an eight-year boy from May 10 until October 19, despite a 22-year-old female jogger being assaulted under circumstances more strongly suggesting an attempted abduction, or at the least, rape on May 28.  I believe that even as the search continues for a dangerous murderer, the public should be apprised of every fact that does not compromise the investigation.

 

Why did over four months elapse between May 10, when the mother of the eight-year old victim filed a report of the assault on her son at Ketner Lake with Westrminster PD (presumably directly attested by both the boy and his sister), and October 19?  I think we deserve to have this issue at least addressed, if not plumbed to a final conclusion, now.  Did WPD not credit the May 10 report until after Jessica Ridgeway was murdered, as would appear to be the case, or not?  In hindsight, two reports of assaults at Ketner Lake, both of a rather alarming character certainly susceptible of the interpretation that abduction had been attempted, on May 10 and May 28 should certainly have galvanized further investigation and scrutiny, and not just by detectives of the WPD.  Why was no public notice given of the May 10 assault?!?

Ann Garcia
Ann Garcia

It means they are going to find his a$$.

Courtney Washburn
Courtney Washburn

What I dont understand is that the reciept has a time stamp and the king soopers has a camera. Why is the video footage not being released for identification like the young boy in the blue car was at the initial start of the investigation? Someone WILL recognize something and call in. Why do denver police drag their feet on cases like this? There are plenty worried parents put there that would appreciate this guy being taken off the street sooner then later.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

The person(s) responsible for this crime need to check out of this world screaming in pain. I've a few suggestions on how to accomplish that.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Aren't wooden crosses for burning or hanging religious freaks ???

Anyone ?... 

terrydazitus
terrydazitus

 @schotzi

 Do you know if he was on anti-depressants or other psych meds?  (From being treated in the mental hospital for the porn addiction.)  Did he ever mention anything like that?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @WhoCares We express our condolences as well. Thanks for the post, WhoCares.

AmericanFool
AmericanFool

 @DeadJewishTrash Austin Sigg is a sick individual it's true,  but it's clear from your comments that you are too.  I am not trying to insult you, you really need to get help.  Please commit to positive action before you wind up like Mr Sigg.

terrydazitus
terrydazitus

 @betweenthelines

 I do't think he was actually interested in that.  I think he took those classes so he could find out how evidence is gathered to tie the crime to someone, in case he wanted to get a way with it He'd probably been planning this for years..  Sounds like he wanted them to find him from the back pack and other "clues" that were left.  And the fact that he willingly gave them a DNA sample.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @betweenthelines"Did we really need another sadistic psychopath in the police department?"

 

Is there any other kind?

 

 

 

terrydazitus
terrydazitus

 @RobertChase

 The attempt on the boy wasn't even reported to police until after Jessica was missing/found and the victims finally figured this may be important.  Why?  Wouldn't you report someone had tried to abduct your kid? 

aboutlemon
aboutlemon

 @RobertChase

 YOUR COMMENTS ARE VERY SENSIBLE BUT DO YOU THINK THAT THE TWO BOYS WITH RIGGS AT ONE TIME A WOMAN KETNER LAKE  JOGGING REPORT SHOULD ALSO BE APPREHENDED.  I AM A DAUGHTER OF A SENIOR MILITARY OFFICER WHO CAME ON HOLIDAY FROM AFRICA SINCE AUGUST AND WAS FOLLOWING JESSICA CASE WHICH IS REALLY HORRIBLE.  WHY DO THIS MOTHER FUCKER KILLED THIS BEAUTIFUL, DECENT AND LOYAL GIRL.  POLICE INTEROGATE SIGGS TO TELL YOU THOSE TWO BOYS HE WAS WITH THAT DAY.  LET THEM COME TO JUSTICE THEY ARE LIKE SIGGS THEY KNOW CLEAR INFORMATION ABOUT ALL CRIMINAL ACTS THAT SIGGS INVOLVED 

schotzi
schotzi

 @terrydazitus  @schotzi 

We never talked about anything like that.. our conversations were usually limited to bio lab related things, or football... (Im 32, i dont have much to talk to a 17 yr old kid about) Seriously he seemed very nice and helpful.. just a little nerdy.

One thing i did notice about hime right away, he always wore a wedding ring. ( or a wedding type ring, on the wedding ring finger) I pictured him having a little nerdy girlfriend that he played war craft with or whatever..

But, in the last week, I noticed he wasnt wearing that rind anymore. I almost asked him what was up with that, but didnt want to get into a conversation that may upset him if it was a painful break-up or something like that. 

I still cant believe I have been sitting next to this kid the whole time this was going on.. There wasnt a single thing that would have made me think he would be capeable of something like this.. there are way creepier kids in this class...

WhoCares
WhoCares

The higher ups must have told you to delete all WhoCares posts. Lol, Westword is becoming less hip each day.

WhoCares
WhoCares

 @Cecil  Let's get the facts out. 70 plus whites attacked in the movie theaters allegedly shot by a Jewish guy. 3 blacks murdered mostly white patrons at a bar on a supposed botched robbery. Yeah right. That was a gang initiation. Jewish kid allegedly confesses to the satanic murder of a girl who's body ended up in pieces. White have been attacked in LoDo so much that the feds had to step in because Colorado did nothing about it.

 

Those that claim racism by others are usually the most racist of all. I do not think you take pride in your race. You seem to have a problem with white people getting out the facts.

 

Stats show whites are targets in the Denver area. All these posts and you can only come up with a few lines. My posts are not for you. They are a head's up for white people that are being attacked and what may be the causes of the attacks. How many whites are going around attacking blacks in Denver? None that I know of.

 

This does not include white police officers who have been instructed by their sadistic Zionist masters to attack whites.

b.baum.co
b.baum.co

@DeadJewishTrash A little extreme don't you think? Putting bullets in the heads of "suspected" Jews? Believe me I want this fucker gutted, but Colorado is not the issue here. And don't even try calling me a kike. I'm Dutch-German and only breed arian.

mlswogan
mlswogan

 @WhoCares

 His mother suspected something was wrong. She only enabled him to the extent that she was the source of what must have been an SUV to drive. He waived all his rights, did not lawyer up, is on a confession binge. Will not stop talking until police cover his face with a chemical soaked cloth. No one helped him, alone. His secret life acting out a fantasy. He will start confessing to JonBenet Ramsey's murder, too. Every other crazy does, why not?

 

His mother had no idea he was keeping parts of her corpse in the crawlspace. I know of a case where the creepy teenage kid had the litle girl's body under his bed for a week. Mother noticed the smell, but it was always full of dead animals, so she didn't search to see if the kid from across the street was there, too.

 

No satanic rituals, no fancy trailers, this is the rumor mill going.

I won't believe otherwise until it ison youtube. As Always ; M

mlswogan
mlswogan

 @WhoCares

 Also when Ted Bundy escaped in Aspen, CO, people there sold Run, Ted, Run shirts. Funny stuff, serial killers in Aspen.

I was happy to head back to Maryland where no one finds serial sadists, rapists & killers really amusing. As Always; M

bugsycook
bugsycook

 @WhoCares  Oh yeah, think I saw you hiding behind an anarchist black bandana and disguise at the FTP march. Sorry, never had problems with cops - and yes they have been of great help to me in the past.

terrydazitus
terrydazitus

 @BackOffImStarving  @WhoCares

 It may have more to do with the treatment he received from his supposed addiction to porn.  The mother actually had him hospitalized and treated, which is probably going totally overboard.  I think it's normal for a 15 year old boy to want to look at porn.  (If it were normal stuff like Playboy and not some weird S & M.)  They probably gave him a "psycho-sexual" assessment, drugged him with Prozac and other drugs which have awful sexual side effects. And then told him he wasn't permitted to have a girl friend until he "got better."   He probably got worse and worse over time from getting attention for anti-social behavior from those "treating" him and his mother, plus the mind-altering drugs.   I've seen it happen numerous times.  It's a downward sprial once mental health gets involved.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @WhoCares http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/homophobic-maybe-youre-gay.html

 

"... homosexual urges, when repressed out of shame or fear, can be expressed as homophobia. Freud famously called this process a “reaction formation” — the angry battle against the outward symbol of feelings that are inwardly being stifled."

 

"Individuals whose sexual identity was at odds with their implicit sexual attraction were much more frequently raised by parents perceived to be controlling, less accepting and more prejudiced against homosexuals."

 

Cheers, bitch!

WhoCares
WhoCares

 @BackOffImStarving    The closet it reserved for you and your  best bud Sigg.  Much to your disappointment most white males are straight. Women overseas just love strong white men. You know what other group likes strong white men? Strong black women do. You easily fall into the psychopathy crowd.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @WhoCares  @bugsycook "To straight white men being bullied and teased by women. There is nothing you can do about it. Learn a trade, try to find some White Pride folks and work in another country where good white heterosexual men are appreciated."  

 

Is it hard to type in the closet?

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