Austin Sigg, Jessica Ridgeway's accused killer: New mug shot, new cell -- in adult jail
Update, 5:41 p.m. October 26: The revelations keep coming about the arrest of Austin Reed Sigg, seventeen, for the kidnapping and killing of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl who disappeared en route to school on October 5 and was found brutally murdered the following week. Now, information has surfaced noting the phone call that broke the case wide open was made by Sigg's own mother.
Sigg's mother, Mindy, was in court yesterday when the accused killer made his first appearance and reportedly sobbed throughout the proceedings -- and one can only imagine her conflicting emotions. Sources now reveal that she's the person who placed a call to police on Tuesday evening implicating her "child" (that's how he was referred to in the initial hearing, owing to his age).
Turns out Sigg was already on detectives' radar. According to 9News, Sigg was interviewed face to face during the investigation and the family home was even searched, although authorities didn't find enough evidence to make an arrest prior to his mother's outreach.
Mindy Sigg isn't the only mom to turn in offspring for a heinous crime this week. The Associated Press reports that New Jersey's Anita Saunders pointed the finger at her two sons, ages fifteen and seventeen, in the slaying of Autumn Pasquale, a twelve year old who'd been killed after visiting their home to secure parts for her bicycle.
Prosecutors at court yesterday also confirmed that they have DNA and what's termed as "overwhelming evidence," which they believe links Sigg to Jessica's slaying. He's also said to have confessed to the crime.
Other new info: Sigg used the user name "dohastvath" on Instagram and Xfire. His Instagram account mainly features photos of him or friends. Here's a self-portrait, with the other individual in the shot cropped out....
...and here's the most recent image posted:
Also on view here is a screen capture of his Xfire profile, which confirms he has a fondness for Call of Duty.
Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey isn't exactly leaving any suspense about whether or not Sigg will be charged as an adult -- a widely accepted supposition given that his name and photo were immediately released in the hours after his arrest despite his being under the age of eighteen. But because of his youth, the death penalty is off the table, and even if he's given a life sentence, he'll be eligible for parole after forty years behind bars.
From here on out, information will be scarce, as a gag order has been imposed on the case. But don't be surprised if more details continue to surface.
Here's a 9News report about yesterday's hearing. That's followed by previous coverage in the immediate aftermath of Sigg's arrest.
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