Austin Sigg Stands Trial As Adult In Jessica Ridgeway Murder- Bail Denied As Sigg Heard Confessing During 911 Call

Golden, Colorado- In a hearing that was open to the public only after media outlets got the Colorado Supreme Court to overturn a Judge’s decision to seal it, new facts surrounding the brutal murder of Jessica Ridgeway surfaced at the preliminary hearing of accused murderer Austin Sigg.  Cameras are not permitted in the courtroom.

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Among the now confirmed revelations, a neighbor suspected Sigg in the early days following her disappearance and called the FBI directly.   The October 19th tip was allegedly due to Sigg’s very public obsession with death.  It has not been revealed how Sigg and his Mother were approached about providing a DNA sample that has been matched to clothing belonging to Jessica Ridgeway.

Four days after the FBI visited Sigg in the presence of his Mother and took a DNA sample for processing; Austin Sigg sat his Mother Mindy Sigg down, and proceeded to confess to the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway in lurid detail.

…” I am a monster.”  -Austin Sigg

Sigg began the confession by telling his Mother he was a monster, and that after kidnapping Jessica and driving around with her for a while he brought her to the family residence while his Mother was at work and his brother was at school.    The teen who hoped to study mortuary science had dismembered Jessica Ridgeway and threw a garbage bag filled with her torso at Pattridge Park while keeping several other portions of the child’s remains under a crawlspace at the residence.   Sources inside the investigation speaking to BOC on the condition of anonymity have confirmed that not all of Jessica Ridgeway has been recovered to date.  A receipt for the garbage bags was located among the debris found at the park.  Sigg told Police he choked Ridgeway to death.  Her cause of death was asphyxiation.

Mindy Sigg called 911 on October 24th to alert Police that her son confessed.  During that call, Austin Sigg admitted to Jessica’s death at his hands, and also the attack on a female jogger at Kentner Lake.

The operator heard Austin in the background and asked to speak to him directly.

“I don’t exactly get why you’re asking me these questions. I murdered Jessica Ridgeway. I have proof that I did it,” Austin Sigg said. “You have to send a squad car down here, and I’ll answer any questions you want to ask me.”

Sigg attempted to use a homemade concoction of chloroform on a towel to overpower the woman over Memorial Day weekend and then attended a family vacation outside of the US a week later.

Sigg is facing additional charges in the Ridgeway case as child pornography was located on his computer, but the attempted murder and attempted sexual assault charges have been dropped in the Kentnor jogger case due to insufficient evidence.

When Westminster Police arrived at the Sigg residence to interview Sigg, the first thing he said to them was that he did not rape or torture the fifth grader.  No seminal fluid has been recovered in this case.

Sigg was ordered held without bail until his arraignment March 12, 2013.  Sigg is facing trial as an Adult although he was 17 at the time of both incidents.  Under Colorado law, Sigg will not be eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole as he was a minor at the time of the crimes.

 

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  1. Lfab says:

    Don’t know if you are aware of this case, but a 14 year old is missing from Walnut Ridge, AR. Her mother last saw her Sat night 3/8/13 at 10:00. The mother went to bed, woke up and discovered the child and step-father missing. Step-father pulled into the drive around 5:00am, mother went out and told him child was missing and he backed out of the drive way and left. A day and a half after the child was reported missing, the step-father’s vehicle was found and he had committed suicide. At present time, the search is still on for missing Sidney Randall. This is a very interesting case.

  2. christy says:

    This is my neck of the woods and so very sad. Searching resumes Tuesday and. Sidney’s brother says he would have killed the stepdad if he hadn’t have killed himself. Poor Sidney. She is 5’4 and 85 pounds.

  3. Judi says:

    Haven’t been here in a while due to lack of time, but finally got to sit down and check out my favorite place to come – BOC!

    Regarding the original BOC article – my heart goes out to both parents. Prayers to the family who lost their beautiful, precious daughter. As a mother of 2, I just simply could not imagine the pain and suffering. May God give them the strength to pull through. And, prayers to the mother of the accused. At least he knew what he did was wrong and felt guilt enough to confess. And, his mother did the right thing and called police and reported his confession, which I am sure was not an easy thing for her to do. She knew that phone call would put her son away for a very, very long time. But, she also knew it was what she had to do.

    In regards to the Sidney Randall case, yet another tragedy. Upon seeing it here, I googled it and read a little more. Interesting indeed. Bio Dad says Step Dad was sexually & physically abusing her & she was about to tell. To know that would mean that somebody knew about it already & didn’t do anything about it, which is a disgrace in itself. Found the comment by the mom that she would never leave without her makeup & no reference to anything else (like a cell phone) a little odd, but she was a involved in beauty pageants so who knows. If the abuse did occur, did mom know about it or was she who the daughter was going to tell that the Step Dad couldn’t allow to happen? And, if it did occur, so sad that she had to live a life of abuse & then for her short life to be ended like this. Either way, yet another beautiful young woman fallen prey to a monster. Step Dad definately did this, killing himself out of the guilt. Also, being that he killed himself, I would assume that, sadly, she is probably dead as well. I pray that both bio parents are completely innocent in this all & for God’s love & strength for either or both who are.

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