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Jessica Ridgeway: Teenager Admits Murder
A Colorado teenager has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old girl whose torso was found in a secluded park.
Austin Sigg, 18, admitted killing Jessica Ridgeway in the Denver suburb of Westminster after officers discovered some of her remains at his home.
The guilty plea came two days before Sigg was to stand trial.
Lawyers and court officials previously declined to release details of his plea, citing a gagging order in the case.
Jessica left home to walk to school in Westminster on October 5 last year but never arrived.
Hundreds of people joined in the search and two days later her backpack was found in Superior, a town about six miles from her home.
A few days later, human remains, later identified as Jessica's, were found in rubbish bags in a park.
The case set parents in the area on edge as weeks passed without an arrest.
Sigg, who lived a mile away from Jessica, was arrested after his mother called police. She said he turned himself in.
The killer dropped out of high school after 11th grade. Former classmates say he was intelligent but complained about being bullied for having a high voice.
They said he was interested in mortuary science, often wore black and hung out in the high school cafeteria's "goth corner".