A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the murder of missing Colorado schoolgirl Jessica Ridgeway.
Austin Reed Sigg was arrested late Tuesday night at his home near Ketner Lake Open Space after his mother tipped off police.
Sigg will be charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and a second-degree kidnapping charge, among others.
Sigg will also face charges for the attempted abduction of a female jogger near Ketner Lake on May 28.
Police documents state that the teen is a student at Arapahoe Community College.
On March 23, he won second place in the Crime Scene Investigation division of the Health Occupation Students of America State Leadership Conference competition, according to The Denver Post.
Police revealed earlier this week the suspect in the attempted abduction was thought to be the same man who kidnapped and murdered Jessica on October 5.
The Colorado schoolgirl’s dismembered body was found on October 11, six days after she vanished on her way to school.
In the abduction attempt, an unidentified young woman was jogging around a lake in May about a half-mile from the Ridgeway home was grabbed from behind by a man.
The attacker tried to cover her mouth with a chemical-soaked rag but she was able to escape.
According to The Post, the woman described her attacker as a light-skinned Caucasian male between 18 and 30 years of age, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and brown hair.
This new line of investigation comes the same day that police found a tuft of blonde hair just a mile away from where 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway’s body was discovered.