Nation Briefs 2-24-13: Colo. teen heard on 911 call saying he killed girl

P. SOLOMON BANDA Associated Press Published:

GOLDEN, Colo. -- A search that set parents in the Denver area on edge last fall, had neighbors casting a suspicious eye on neighbors, and left a family grieving the loss of a 10-year-old ended with the teen suspect telling a 911 dispatcher: "I murdered Jessica Ridgeway. I have proof that I did it."

He told the 911 dispatcher that some of Jessica's remains were in the crawl space at his mother's house, according to a recording of the Oct. 23 call played in court during his preliminary hearing Friday. Fifth-grader Jessica disappeared Oct. 5 after she left her house to meet a schoolmate two blocks away so they could walk to school together.

A judge ordered Austin Sigg, 18, to stand trial and be held without bail for Jessica's slaying and a May attack on a jogger at Ketner Lake, which is across the street from Jessica's elementary school. In the attack on the jogger, investigator Michael Lynch testified that Sigg used homemade chloroform to attempt to subdue a woman.

Lynch testified at the hearing that began Friday that Sigg first confessed to his mother, telling her that he kidnapped Jessica as she walked past his car, bound her arms and her legs with zip ties, placed her in the back seat, drove around for a little bit, then took her to his house.

He tried to strangle her, first with zip ties and later with his hands, Lynch testified. He later dismembered her, he said.

Sigg, now 18, is charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery in Jessica's death. Prosecutors have added three counts of sexual exploitation of a child because child pornography was allegedly found during the investigation.

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