Cold Case Team to Open Further Investigation into The 1996 Death of Child Beauty Queen JonBenét Rams


Nearly 26 years after JonBenét Ramsey's murder, police have launched a new investigation to crack the infamous 1996 cold case.

In a news release on Thursday, the Boulder Police Department stated that it "will be consulting with the Colorado Cold Case Review Team in 2023."

In December 1996, Ramsey's mother reported the 6-year-old child beauty queen missing after she received a ransom note demanding $118,000 in exchange for her daughter.  Ramsey was found beaten, sexually assaulted, and strangled in her basement by her father.

During the news release, police said that "since JonBenet's murder, detectives have investigated leads stemming from more than 21,000 tips, letters, and emails.  We have traveled to 19 states to interview or speak with more than 1,000 individuals."

Authorities from the district attorney's office, the Colorado Department of Public Safety, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and DNA testing facilities have been cooperating.

The limited amount of DNA evidence that authorities have so far collected "could, in whole or in part, be consumed by DNA testing," police said.
Although DNA testing will still be used in the investigation, Boulder police said they are now looking for assistance from the Colorado Cold Case Review Team and will collaborate with the team to help with the case.

"This crime has left a hole in the hearts of many, and we will never stop investigating until we find JonBenet's killer," said Police Chief Maris Herold.  "That includes following up on every lead and working with our policing partners and DNA experts around the country to solve this tragic case.  This investigation has always been and will continue to be a priority for the Boulder Police Department."

District Attorney Michael Dougherty said, "The murder of JonBenet Ramsey is a terrible tragedy and sparked years of unanswered questions and theories.  Our office has successfully prosecuted other cold case homicides and many murder cases.  In every one of those cases, it was the evidence that proved the defendant(s) guilty.  Whether it is DNA or other evidence, more is needed to solve this murder.  I appreciate the collaboration with CBI, the FBI, and the Boulder Police Department."

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