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17-year-old suspect arrested in Jessica Ridgeway case

Family braces for next step of investigation

The police search for the killer of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway led them just a mile from where it began, to the home of a teenager with an aptitude for crime-scene forensics and an interest in mortuary science. Authorities arrested Austin Reed Sigg, 17, who lived about 1½ miles from Jessica in a neighborhood near Ketner Lake. The arrest was made Tuesday evening after Sigg's mother called authorities and he turned himself in. "Today, I believe we have taken a significant step toward justice for Jessica," Westminster police Chief Lee Birk said. "We hope and pray that this arrest gives (the family) some measure of closure." The family's pastor, Rick Long of Grace Church in Arvada, said that for Jessica's mother, Sarah, the arrest "begins another phase of the nightmare."

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