We might not be talking about this issue if Hoover hadn’t publicly raised the alarm, forcing the non-disclosure question with DOC and filing a formal complaint with the Victim Rights Subcommittee.
“AJ is still with me, I know,” his mother Theresa said about her son. “He made being a single mom fun and not as stressful as it could’ve been."
She said she struggled with her son’s death and had to know where his killer is spending his days. Hoover said she couldn’t help but think about that -- rather than focusing on her son.
“AJ is still with me, I know,” Hoover said. “He made being a single mom fun and not as stressful as it could’ve been. Having this happy kid that knew he could do whatever he wanted because he just had so much confidence in him, made friends with everybody -- he didn’t care if they were short, tall, green, purple. He didn’t care what clique you were in. If you were one of the kids who didn’t have many friends, he would bring you into his group of friends. He was that open, loving, happy.”
Hoover didn’t get the resolution she wanted from the Victim Rights Subcommittee, but her public outcry inspired another victim to start asking questions, too.
Jessica Ridgeway was 10 years old at the time of her death.
“I didn’t think anything of it -- until they had the hearing for the theater shooting,” Christine Ridgeway said, grandmother of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, who was kidnapped, murdered and dismembered in 2012. “They (DOC) said they moved (James) Holmes out of state and wouldn’t tell them where he’s at. I’m thinking, they did never tell me where they sent Austin Sigg. That’s part of my victim’s rights. At least I thought that was my victim’s right. I should know.”
Sigg, then 17, pleaded guilty to killing Jessica, who was on her way to school when he abducted her.
“Jessica was kind of like our cohesive little light,” Ridgeway said. “She was in everything, she was doing everything and was willing to try anything. If you said let’s go to New Mexico tomorrow, she’s like, OK. She was the light of my life.”
After his sentencing in 2013, Sigg and was transferred out of state as part of the Interstate Corrections Compact.
At the time of his transfer, DOC told 9NEWS Sigg’s location was not available as part of the ICC, for his and staff safety. At the time, 9NEWS and the Ridgeways didn’t question DOC’s position.
Three years later, Hoover started rocking the boat.
“It makes me upset that I have to think about where the perpetrator of the murder of my child is before I can travel anywhere,” Ridgeway said.
Heather Dawn Church was kidnapped from her family’s Colorado Springs home in 1991.
DOC provided 9Wants to Know the list of all Colorado inmates currently in the ICC.
On that list is Robert Browne, the killer of 13-year-old Heather Dawn Church.
Heather’s dad, Michael Church, wants to know where Browne is.
“Heather was my first, my first girl, love of my life,” Church said. “Really attentive in school, little bitty thing, she was really short. She was an avid reader, she loved to read.”
Heather was kidnapped from the family’s Colorado Springs home in 1991.
Her remains were found in 1993. In 1995 Browne, who purports to have killed dozens across the country, was arrested for her murder. Browne went to prison for Heather’s death and has long been held out of state, as part of the transfer system.
“Try not to put my hatred -- have hatred overwhelm me,” Church said. “It’s hard to do, especially when you’d like to know where he’s at, what’s he doing. I want him to be as miserable as he possibly can be. But unfortunately, I’m not able to do that.”