UPDATE: Teen faces hearing in Westminster girl’s slaying

GOLDEN — An 18-year-old accused of kidnapping and killing a suburban Denver school girl kept some of the girl’s remains in a crawl space at a home he shared with his mother, a detective testified today.

The teenager, Austin Sigg, had been on investigators’ radar before his mother turned him in. A neighbor called a tip line suggesting they check him out because he seemed preoccupied with death, Westminster police Detective Luis Lopez said.

Two FBI agents responded and took a DNA sample from Sigg on Oct. 19, four days before his mother called to say he confessed to killing the girl, Jessica Ridgeway. Sigg’s mother also told authorities of the human remains.

Lopez said Sigg’s DNA — the kind left behind by touching something — was found on Jessica’s remains and clothing, but no semen was found.

Sigg is charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, and robbery. Prosecutors have also added three counts of sexual exploitation of a child because of child pornography allegedly found during the investigation.

He’s also accused of attacking a jogger five months before Jessica disappeared.


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