Police are hopeful that new DNA testing will lead to a killer in the JonBenet Ramsey cold case. The Boulder Police released a statement on Monday talking about the new developments in their investigation. So far, officers have not released specific information because the case is still ongoing.
They said, “As the Department continues to use new technology to enhance the investigation, it is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing processes to see if those can be applied to this case moving forward.”
Officers processed over 1,500 pieces of evidence related to the JonBenet Ramsey killing in December 2021 alone. Because of these pieces of evidence, 1,000 new DNA samples were recovered and officers hope that they will find a match.
The new DNA has been compared to multiple suspects thanks to DNA technology and samples are checked daily through CODIS, which is the FBI’s database of over 20 million DNA samples from past offenders and arrests.
Boulder Police are working closely with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on new DNA technology that could provide a break in the 25-year cold case.
The police department’s statement also said “the BPD Major Crimes Unit has received, reviewed or investigated more than 21,016 tips, letters and emails and detectives have traveled to 19 states to interview or speak with more than 1,000 individuals in connection to this crime.”
6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in her home just a couple hours after her mother, Patsy Ramsey, reported her missing. Police believe the little girl died on Dec. 26, 1996, and evidence showed that Ramsey had been sexually assaulted, struck in the head, and strangled.
The family said that they received a ransom note in their home demanding $118,000. The girl’s parents, Patsy, John and her older brother Burke, were originally thought to be suspects in the strange crime. They were later cleared in 2008 and no suspects have been arrested for the 1996 murder.
In 2008, Boulder Police did DNA analysis on JonBenet’s clothes and found a third DNA sample belonging to an unidentified male individual. Since her death, the Ramseys have claimed that an intruder killed their little girl.
Over the years there have been many suspects in the JonBenet Ramsey case, including her former schoolteacher, John Mark Karr. In 2016, the Georgia man randomly confessed to the crime, but after comparing his DNA to the male DNA found on the little girl there was no match.
Because of the strange circumstances of her case, the nation became fascinated with JonBenet Ramsey and many still believe that her parents and brother had something to do with her death.
One person recently tweeted and said, “not to be rude but why are we still discussing the jonbenét ramsey case when it’s pretty clear that her freak brother is the one who did it and her parents helped him cover it up.”
In 2019, Burke Ramsey won a defamation lawsuit against CBS after a JonBenet Ramsey documentary alleged that Burke killed his sister. According to his lawyers, the Ramsey brother claimed that his reputation was ruined because of the documentary. He won $750 million.
While many are hopeful that the new DNA testing will lead to a killer, JonBenet Ramsey’s half-brother isn’t sure.
John Andrew Ramsey said, “What the Boulder police have done to date is not enough. What our family wants is results. We don’t care who gets us to the finish line, whether it’s the Boulder police, great. If it’s another agency, great. Whatever it takes to find JonBenet’s killer.”