Police reopen JonBenet Ramsey murder case

February 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Boulder, Colorado police are hoping that new technology will help solve the murder of child beauty pageant contestant JonBenet Ramsey, 12 years after her death.

The slaying of 6-year-old Ramsey, who was found bludgeoned and strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado in 1996 nearly eight hours after she was reported missing, has become one of America’s most high-profile unsolved cases. 

A ransom note demanding $118,000 was discovered on the stairs of the property, and police at the time announced that the child’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, were under “an umbrella of suspicion”.

They were never formally named as suspects, however, and the investigation has been mired in controversy. Former teacher John Mark Kerr was arrested in Thailand in 2006, after claiming in email conversations with a University Of Colorado professor that he was involved in JonBenet’s death.

He was later cleared, and the district attorney’s office – who took over the investigation six years ago – faced criticism over their handling of his arrest.

On Monday, newly-elected Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett announced that the case will once again be led by police, who will apply new technology and expertise to the investigation.

Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said of the decision: “Some cases never get solved, but some do. And you can’t give up”.

Chief Mark Beckner said new technology gives investigators tools they didn’t have a decade ago.

The police plan a two-day meeting with a task force that will include current and former investigators and experts in the case, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The plan is to pore over the evidence they currently have and then — if nothing new bubbles to the surface — the case will be treated as what it is: A cold one.

The girl’s parents, John and Patsy, and her brother were cleared of the killing last year. Former District Attorney Mary Lacy  told the family they were “deeply sorry” for putting them under a cloud of suspicion for 12 years. DNA found on JonBenet’s clothing “belongs to a male and does not belong to anyone in the Ramsey family”.

Patsy Ramsey died in 2006 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.


2 Responses to “Police reopen JonBenet Ramsey murder case”

  1. jessica on June 23rd, 2010 11:45 am

    hi my name is jessica im 29 years old i have to say something my brother shawn m jones was murdered on aug 6th 2009 my a man named jerry methaey the man was never charged with the murder i have been trying everything to try to open this to the publice and no one will lission to me i dont no to much about being an investager but i do no that onces ageain the new york state justice has gone bad nothing that would of helped put this man away was used in this case so if you can help me and my family put this man away please e mail me

  2. olivia on June 23rd, 2010 11:54 am

    Jessica, please provide an email address for contact. Thank you.

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