A quarter century after JonBenét Ramsey was found dead inside his Boulder home in one of the area’s most notorious unsolved crimes, the city’s police department says it is “actively reviewing genetic DNA testing procedures”. to see if new technology can finally identify his killer.
Boulder Police, in a news release marking the 25th anniversary of the child’s death, noted the overwhelming amount of evidence gathered in the 1996 cold case: more than 1,500 evidence; 21,016 tips, letters and emails; And 1,000 individuals were interviewed in 19 states regarding the heinous crime.
Police also analyzed 1,000 DNA samples, a tool for law enforcement that has led to arrests and convictions in cold cases in Colorado and the rest of the country. DNA evidence helped officers track down a suspect in the infamous “Hammer Killings” in Metro Denver nearly 40 years ago, and Denver police this year extradited a man in connection with the 1994 Denver murders based on DNA evidence .
Boulder Police said in the release, “As the department continues to use new technology to enhance investigation, it is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing procedures to see if this case can proceed.” can be applied.”
The Ramsey case enthralled the nation and stunned investigators as the 6-year-old was reported missing on December 26, 1996. The family reported finding a ransom note demanding payment of $118,000 inside their home on the 700 block of 15th Street.
The girl’s body was later found in a basement room, with evidence showing she was hit in the head, strangled and sexually assaulted.
JonBenét’s parents, Patsy and John, were initially placed under the “umbrella of suspicion” by Boulder police, but were publicly cleared by then-District Attorney Mary Lacey in 2008, when JonBenét’s clothing was removed. The DNA evidence matched that of an unidentified male.
Boulder’s Daily Camera newspaper reported in 2013 that a grand jury had indicted JonBenet’s parents to death on child abuse charges in 2000, but Alex Hunter, the district attorney at the time, refused to sign the indictment. refused and the panel was dissolved. Telling the public about the vote.
No one has been charged in connection with JonBenet’s death.