Jessica Ridgeway’s Alleged Murderer Wanted To Be A Mortician

Thu, October 25, 2012 10:04am EDT by 8 Comments
Jessica Ridgeway Killer
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Colorado teen Austin Reed Sigg, 17, who was arrested after the murder and dismemberment of Jessica Ridgeway, 10, displayed some unusual behavior, including a knife collection and obsession with mortuary science.

Two weeks after 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway‘s body was found in an open field close to her Denver-area home, Colorado police arrested 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg in connection with her murder. Classmates of the teen say he was a “brilliant student,” and had had an interest in collecting knives.

According to CBS4, police made the arrest on Oct. 23 after Austin’s mom called authorities saying her son had confessed to the murder.

“I made the phone call, and he turned himself in. That’s all I have to say,” the teen’s mom told the Associated Press.

When police arrived at the home, he allegedly told authorities that some of the human remains were in a crawl space under the home.

Police also say they will file charges against the teen in connection with a May 28 abduction attempt of a 22-year-old jogger. The woman told police that she fought of a stranger who grabbed her from behind and put a rag that smelled of chemicals over her mouth. Police have not identified the connection between the two cases.

Rachel Bradley, a classmate of Austin’s, told the Associated Press Austin was interested in mortuary science, and had enrolled at Arapahoe Community College, which has a mortuary science program. Another former classmate, Austin Caisse, said Austin was a “brilliant student,” and had an interest in Japanese anime and collecting knives.

He is being held at a juvenile detention facility in Lakewood, Colo., and is expected to be charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and kidnapping in the second degree.

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What a tragic ending to a heart-breaking case. We hope Jessica’s family and their community find peace.

What do YOU think of the arrest HollyMoms?

– Christina Stiehl

More Jessica Ridgeway news:

  1. Jessica Ridgeway Body Identified — Police Looking For Killer
  2. Body Found Feared To Be Missing 10-Year-Old Jessica Ridgeway
  3. Parents Of Missing Colorado Girl Jessica Ridgeway Deny Involvement

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Huh?

Posted at 11:57 AM on October 26, 2012  

Police also say they will file charges against the teen in connection with a May 28 abduction attempt of a 22-year-old jogger yet you also say: police have not identified a connection? I’m confused!

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Olivia

Posted at 5:01 PM on October 25, 2012  

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with being interested in mortuary science!

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Tori

Posted at 4:04 PM on October 25, 2012  

The killer looks so scary! Look at his eyes! R.I.P Jessica :(

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Robert

Posted at 2:30 PM on October 25, 2012  

Since when is a knife collection unusual? Go to youtube and you’ll see hundreds of knife collectors.

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Sonja

Posted at 11:44 AM on October 25, 2012  

What make these people go out and kill someone. They must not had read there BIBLE where in the ten commandment it said thy shall not kill.

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JuniorA.Colorado

Posted at 11:33 AM on October 25, 2012  

Glad this monster is locked up, I live in Colorado, thought it was safe. But anywhere a person lives there is a monster that is just waiting to prey on our children. We need to step our safety standards for our kids for they can be safer. They can’t be living with fear knowing someone will harm them. what this individual did was unspeakable. He doesn’t deserve to breath the same air as we all do. R.I.P. Jessica little angel. my heart and prayers go out to the family.

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John

Posted at 11:21 AM on October 25, 2012  

the background of this website certainly does not fit the severity of this article.

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Gina

Posted at 10:52 AM on October 25, 2012  

Evil SOB. May the Lord comfort her family and friends..

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