Police Have Gotten 21K Tips in JonBenet Ramsey Case

Police now looking at 'genetic DNA testing'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 26, 2021 9:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Twenty-five years after JonBenet Ramsey was killed, police say they are looking at "genetic DNA testing" to see if it can be used to help solve the case. The 6-year-old was found dead in the basement of her family’s Boulder home on Dec. 26, 1996, bludgeoned and strangled, several hours after her mother called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been left behind. Her death was ruled a homicide, but nobody was ever charged in the case. Boulder police have been working closely with state investigators on "future DNA advancements," the department said in a statement Monday addressing the anniversary of JonBenet’s death.

"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," it said. Investigators have analyzed nearly 1,000 DNA samples during the course of the Ramsey investigation, police said in the statement, along with receiving, reviewing, or investigating more than 21,016 tips, letters, and emails. Detectives have traveled to 19 states to interview or speak with more than 1,000 people in connection with the case, the department said.

Tests in 2008 on newly discovered DNA on JonBenet’s clothing pointed to the involvement of an "unexplained third party" in her slaying, and not her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, or their son, Burke, reports the AP. That led former district attorney Mary Lacy to clear the Ramseys of any involvement, two years after Patsy Ramsey died of cancer, calling the couple "victims of this crime." A police spokesperson, Dionne Waugh, said she could not comment further because the investigation is still “active and ongoing.”

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