WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4)– Construction on the park honoring Jessica Ridgeway began on Tuesday.

The Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park will be built at Chelsea Park.

Jessica, a fifth-grader, was walking to that park to meet friends on her way to school Oct. 5, 2012 when she was abducted and killed.

Hundreds of police and residents searched for her, and parents escorted their children to and from school. The FBI asked residents to report suspicious behavior by friends, neighbors and even family members. Her torso was found in a secluded park Oct. 10.

The playground equipment that stands in the park now will be dismantled.

The new playground will be constructed with purple and green– Jessica’s favorite colors.

The teen accused in Jessica’s abduction and murder, Austin Sigg, pleaded not guilty in court last week.

Sigg’s not guilty pleas came despite his alleged confession and the discovery of some of the girl’s remains at his home.

His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 23.


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