Nearly 30 years after the fact, a cold case team is cracking open the files of the JonBenét Ramsey tragedy. They are looking to solve the mystery of the child’s murder in 1996.
The news comes from the Boulder, Colo., police, who released a statement saying they intend to work “with the Colorado Cold Case Review Team in 2023” to further investigate.
Ramsey was just 6-years old when she was found strangled and beaten to death in the basement of her family’s Boulder home on Dec. 26, 1996. Her parents, John and Patty Ramsey, found a ransom written with a black Sharpie marker on a pad kept inside the house. “It demanded $118,000 — the exact amount of a workplace bonus recently received by John — for the return of JonBenét, the couple’s blonde, child-pageant princess daughter,” People wrote.
Casting JonBenét Ramsey
Ramsey’s parents were at one time considered suspects, but never charged.
“This crime has left a hole in the hearts of many, and we will never stop investigating until we find JonBenet’s killer,” Boulder Police chief Maris Herold stated. “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.”
Added District Attorney Michael Dougherty: “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.”
A movie/documentary on the Ramsey case entitled Casting JonBenet was released in 2017 and remains available on Netflix.