Missing 10 year old girl in Colorado by Natalia Nuutinen

1 Dec
On October 5, 2012 Jessica Ridgeway, a ten year old girl from Colorado was declared missing. She was last seen by her mother before she left her home to go walk to school. She never made it to school. A week later her body was found at a park in Arvada, a Denver suburb just five miles from Westminster. Her body was “not intact” according to police reports. Her backpack was discovered seven miles away from her hometown. Hundreds of volunteers and friends of the Ridgeways posted fliers and searched for the missing ten year old. Older teenagers have volunteered to walk younger children to school. Some parents no longer allow their children to walk to school. The entire town of Westminster has changed ever since Jessica’s disappearance. This is such a devastating tragedy and reminds us that society is not as safe as it used to be.
          On Thursday, 17 year old Austin Reed Sigg was arrested of the murder of Jessica Ridgeway. A tip led police to Austin and he confessed to killing Jessica who lived just a mile away from his home. The tip was by Austin’s mother who spoke to the Associated Press during a phone interview that “I made the phone call, and he turned himself in. That’s all I have to say,” she said Wednesday before breaking down in tears and hanging up. Authorities have stated that they have DNA evidence to convict Austin of the murder.  Austin is being held without bail on suspicion of murder and kidnapping in the death of Jessica. How could someone my age or anyone be capable of killing a ten year old girl? What was the motive? This story has brought attention to the dangers of society and to watch your children and your surroundings.

2 Responses to “Missing 10 year old girl in Colorado by Natalia Nuutinen”

  1. Brickelle Prochnow December 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Wow that is truly disturing. You made a good point a seventeen year old boy, the same age as us, being capable of murdering a ten year old girl that is terrible. You made this paper very interesting and kept me hooked on it. And yes we are possibly blinded by wanting everything to be so great all the time that we forget that there are dangers outside of ourselves and we need to become aware of our surroundings. Great job!

  2. Nolan Paladino December 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    It’s unbelievable that a 17 year old is capable of doing such a thing. I’d like to see a system implemented to prevent such horrific events from happening. There should be a program in Highschools that helps identify potentially homicial teens.

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