JonBenet Ramsey’s dad petitions for independent DNA testing, Boulder Police Dept. responds

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John Ramsey is demanding very publicly that the 25-year-old high-profile unsolved murder case of his daughter, JonBenet Ramsey, be taken away from the Boulder Police Department (BPD) in Colorado and that the DNA be tested by an independent agency.

On Saturday, at CrimeCon 2022 in Las Vegas, Ramsey announced a petition that requests Colorado Gov. Jared Polis allow an independent agency to review the DNA from the cold case. The event had thousands of attendees and a wide range of speakers including law enforcement, scientists, and victims.

“We have a shared goal to bring justice — and hopefully some peace — to JonBenet’s family and everyone who was impacted by her loss,” Police Chief Maris Herold defensively responded to Ramsey’s demand in a statement released on Sunday. “Our investigation with federal, state, and local partners has never stopped. That includes new ways to use DNA technology. We’ve always used state-of-the-art technology as it has been at the forefront of this investigation. Every time the DNA technology changed, we worked to make sure the evidence could be tested.”

He proclaimed that the investigation “has always been and will continue to be a priority for the Boulder Police Department.”

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JonBenet was 6-years-old when she was killed. Her mother reported her missing on Dec. 16, 1996. A ransom note was found demanding $118,000 in exchange for the child. The amount of the ransom matched the exact amount the father had been given as a Christmas bonus from his job.

Her body was found the same day in the basement of the family’s home. The parents were not ruled out as suspects until 2008. The couple’s nine-year-old son Burke, who was the only other person known to be in the house at the time, was also a suspect. That was followed by a long line of other suspects that police interviewed. However, the killer was never found.

According to an autopsy, the little girl died from strangulation and blunt force trauma to her head. She had an 8 1/2-inch fracture on her skull, according to the medical examiner.

A nylon cord was tied around the child’s neck, her wrists were bound, and duct tape had been placed over her mouth. There were also reportedly signs that she had been sexually assaulted.

The police have defended their investigation, asserting that they have followed up on 21,016 tips, emails, and letters and have also traveled to 19 states looking for answers in the cold case. They have reportedly interviewed over a thousand individuals since the crime occurred, according to their statement.

The police department also contends that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has updated more than 750 reference samples with the latest DNA technology.

“We can’t let the murder of a child be left up to local police. They’re just big enough that they think they know everything, and they don’t,” John Ramsey told Fox News. He claims that if the murder of his daughter had been deemed a federal offense, it might have been handled differently.

JonBenet’s mother, Patsy Ramsey, died from cancer in 2006 purportedly not knowing who had killed her little girl.

As of Monday, the petition has over 2,100 signatures.

“Governor Polis, you were born in Boulder 15 years before JonBenet. You have a connection to the city. Your intervention in the Colorado truck driver case shows you have compassion. You have the power. Given the lack of progress by the Boulder Police, we the undersigned petitioners ask you to move DNA decisions in this case away from the BPD to an independent agency so that JonBenet has a last chance at the justice she deserves,” the petition states.

The governor has said that the state will review the petition to transfer JonBenet Ramsey’s case away from Boulder Police and allow for an independent DNA analysis.

Governor Polis’ office told Fox News that the state of Colorado “will review the petition and look into how the state can assist in using new technology to further investigate this cold case and to identify JonBenet Ramsey’s killer and bring him or her to justice.”


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