Is this the face of Jessica's killer?
COLORADO - BREAKING NEWS: Authorities investigating the abduction, slaying, and dismemberment of ten-year-old Jessica Ridgeway have arrested a local college student and charged him with her brutal death.
Austin Reed Sigg, 17, was arrested late Tuesday night, and, today, in the early morning hours, Jessica's parents were at last informed by police that the killer was in custody.
"We hope and pray this arrest gives them some measure of closure in dealing with their horrible loss and tragedy," said Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk, who also just apprised reporters of these latest developments.
Sigg, a student at nearby Arapahoe Community College, whose studies apparently also include criminal justice, is additionally connected to a botched attempt in May to abduct a female jogger in the park near where Jessica lived. The woman also reported that he tried to place a rag over her mouth which smelled of chemicals.
Jessica Ridgeway was walking to school on October 5th 2012 when she vanished without a trace. About a week later some of her mutilated parts were found dumped in an open area less than seven miles from her residence. Local and state police, as well as FBI investigators, have all along believed her murderer lived somewhere in her community and that he knew the girl's route and routine prior to snatching her.
Authorities have relentlessly been working day and night for a major break in this shocking case, and now they finally have it, they say.
If so, then R.I.P., young Jessica Ridgeway. And peace be with you now.