WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – After police in Westminster made an arrest in the Jessica Ridgeway murder case Tuesday evening, the investigation into Austin Sigg’s home continued into Wednesday evening.
The coroner’s office had been at Sigg’s home from about 11:30 a.m. well into late Wednesday evening. Sources confirmed to CBS4 that some of Jessica’s remains were found at the home.
Residents of the community say they are relieved there has been arrest, but still shocked.
“It’s been terrifying. I have a daughter of my own who’s not even three yet,” neighbor Lexi Thornton said. “So just to think that something like this can happen is awful.”
Thornton said she would see Sigg, 17, frequently.
“A normal guy; anybody walking the street, you’d think this was a safe community,” Thornton said. “But know, knowing, I have no comment on how I feel.”
Others also said they saw a lot of Sigg in the neighborhood.
“I see him all of the time, he was just a kid in the neighborhood,” neighbor Miah Gutierrez said. “I’d see him walking around; I’d see him walking home.”
“He was always to himself, or by himself,” said Brooke Olds, who grew up down the street from Sigg. “I used to play with him when I was little and he was always like really weird. We didn’t ever want to play with him.”
Investigators towed Sigg’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. They then began pulling bags of evidence from his house. A forensic team set up a privacy tent in front of the home and began pulling other items they didn’t want the public to see.
Sigg’s home is less than a mile from where Jessica disappeared. It’s also just a block away from where Sigg allegedly tried to abduct a woman at Ketner Lake on Memorial Day.
Jessica Ridgeway Murder Timeline
- Jessica Ridgeway, 10, disappeared on her way to school on the morning of Oct. 5. After leaving home on foot, she never met up with friends she normally walks to school with at Chelsea Park. The park is about three blocks from her home and about a mile from the school.
- When she didn’t arrive at Witt Elementary School in Westminster, Jefferson County Schools officials tried to contact her mother. They made a call at 10 a.m. but were only able to leave a voicemail. Ridgeway’s mother, who works an overnight shift and sleeps during the day, didn’t get the message until 4:30 p.m. and immediately contacted Westminster police.
- It took about five hours before the protocols were met in the case for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to call an Amber Alert.
- Ridgeway’s backpack was found on the sidewalk near Alpha Court and Andrew Drive in the Rock Creek neighborhood in Superior. That’s 6.4 miles away from her home. It’s unknown so far at what point the backpack wound up there.
- The CBI analyzed the backpack for DNA evidence and collected evidence from Ridgeway’s home for comparison.
- Searches were taking place around Jessica’s home and her school, as well as in open space areas in Westminster. Another area that underwent an extensive search was Rock Creek and open space areas near there.
- A day after their tearful televised plea for help and thanks to the community, police on Oct. 10 ruled out Ridgeway’s parents as being involved in her disappearance. Police said Ridgeway may have been abducted by an unknown suspect.
- Late in the day on Oct. 11 Ridgeway’s body was found in Arvada on Highway near Pattridge Park Open Space and Highway 93, about seven miles from Ridgeway’s home.
- Police arrested Austin Reed Sigg, 17, at his home in the 10600 block of 102nd Avenue on Oct. 23. According to the police report, Sigg confessed to police and waived his rights when taken into custody.
Westminster Police Ridgeway Case Tip Line: (303) 658-4336 or firstname.lastname@example.org