New DNA testing in the decades-old murder of JonBenét Ramsey may lead to a killer THIRTY YEARS after the six-year-old beauty queen was found strangled with a fractured skull in her basement
New DNA testing has been completed that could help solve the decades-old murder of child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey.
New evidence, as well as some previously reviewed, has been analyzed by a criminal laboratory and returned to police.
The results have yet to be released, but a detailed DNA report has been provided to authorities.
This was reported by a police source The messenger: ‘Time will tell if this is the evidence needed to solve this case.
“I hope we get answers, and more importantly, I hope her family finally gets answers.”
New DNA tests that could unlock the mystery of the brutal 1996 murder of Colorado child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey have finally been completed
JonBenét was murdered on December 26, 1996. The girl was found beaten to death and strangled in her family’s basement in Boulder just hours after she was reported missing.
Her murder attracted national attention, but almost 27 years later, no one has ever been formally charged with her death
It is hoped the development can help solve the brutal 1996 murder of six-year-old Colorado.
The beauty pageant contestant was found strangled and beaten in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder on December 26, seven hours after she was reported missing.
The child was found under a white blanket with a nylon cord around her neck, her wrists tied above her head and her mouth covered with duct tape.
There was no clear evidence of rape, but police did not rule out sexual abuse.
A bizarre ransom note was also discovered demanding $118,000 from her family.
The coroner determined that the pageant girl’s cause of death was “asphyxia due to strangulation associated with craniocerebral trauma,” meaning she had been strangled and beaten.
Her death was ruled a homicide, but no one was ever charged with the murder.
JonBenét’s body was discovered by her father John Ramsey, and over the years, both he and his wife Patsy and their son Burke, who was just nine years old when his sister died, have been under a cloud of suspicion.
Criminal laboratories have analyzed both new DNA evidence and existing specimens, providing a detailed DNA report to police
The crime scene at Ramsey’s luxury home in Colorado, following the murder of their six-year-old child
Ramsey’s parents – John and Patsy – were long considered prime suspects in their daughter’s murder and were only removed from the suspect list in 2008, two years after Patsy succumbed to ovarian cancer.
The Ramseys were formally taken off the suspect list in 2008, two years after Patsy died of ovarian cancer.
In 2019, Burke sued CBS for $750 million over a documentary it aired that pointed the finger at him for his sister’s death.
Last month, Ramsey discussed the DNA evidence on an episode of NewsNation.
“We know that evidence was taken from the crime scene that was never tested for DNA,” he said.
‘There are some advanced labs that have the latest technology. That’s where this test should be done.
“And then use the public genealogy database with all the information we get to research and basically create a family tree going backwards, which has been hugely successful in solving some very old cases.”
Sources do not believe the new DNA evidence will provide a match for the family.
At the time, unprecedented DNA was found under the child’s fingernails and on her clothing.
The case gained national attention due to the shocking nature of the crime and JonBenét’s notoriety in her local community, where she was known as the winner of Little Miss Colorado.
Several years ago, CBS aired The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, which suggested that Burke Ramsey may have been responsible for his sister’s murder. Burke sued the network and settled that case after seeking $750 million in damages
Police sources do not believe the new DNA evidence will link JonBenét’s family to her death. The DNA found on the youngster at the time was unparalleled.
Police have never formally charged anyone in her death, but there have been several suspects over the years.
Among them is John Mark Karr, 58, who 17 years ago claimed he was with JonBenét when she died in her family’s home 10 years earlier.
Karr was extradited from his home in Thailand following his ‘confession’, in which he claimed that JonBenét had died ‘accidentally’.
During his interrogation, he knew details about the murder that had not been made public.
But authorities were unable to link him to the scene of the crime and he was released. Karr later suggested that he had lied about his confession to cover for someone else.
“Everyone was so quick to say I was a liar or delusional,” he said. “Did it ever occur to anyone that I might be trying to protect someone else?”
He declined to elaborate, but one possible explanation open to some police at the time is that Ramsey’s killer did not work alone.
When asked if he was with JonBenét when she died, or if he killed her, Karr kept quiet and said he did not want to incriminate himself as the case is still under investigation almost 27 years after the crime.
Police said they could not rule out that the former Little Miss Colorado had been sexually assaulted
John Mark Karr was extradited from Thailand and arrested for the murder of JonBenét Ramsey after he confessed, but police were unable to link him to the scene and his confession was largely discredited
In 2006, Karr claimed he drugged JonBenét and then had sex with her, but her autopsy revealed no drugs or alcohol in her system on blood tests.
And despite his claim that he sexually assaulted Ramsey, no semen was found on her body. However, the little girl did have minor vaginal abrasions.
Karr’s confession was ultimately deemed an elaborate lie by investigators.
Last month it emerged that detectives were reportedly looking for new people of interest in the murder after analyzing almost 1,000 DNA samples.
In 2021, Boulder police said they had interviewed more than 1,000 people in 19 different states as part of their ongoing investigation.
And in September they said there are “several” new people on their radar, sources claim.