JonBenet Ramsey’s father, John, has some hope that the 1996 murder case of his late six-year-old daughter could change after the Boulder Police Department announced Wednesday a new path to finding the killer, but no. think it’s enough.
BPD said it will consult with Colorado’s cold case review team sometime in 2023, 26 years after Ramsey found her daughter murdered in the basement of her family’s home on December 26, 1996.
John Ramsey, 78, said the police department’s decision to partner with the state cold case team was “the only encouraging thing” he had read in the BPD statement.
“Unfortunately, it sounded like more of the same…,” Ramsey told Fox News Digital, “and that’s not what we need. It’s a good effort from your public relations department, but that’s not what we should do”.
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JonBenet’s mother reported the six-year-old boy missing to police on the morning of December 26, 1996, after finding a lengthy ransom note demanding $118,000 in exchange for JonBenet. john ramsey found his body later that same day. His killer has yet to be identified.
Ramsey believes that his recent efforts to shed new light on the case in recent years may have helped inspire the BPD’s decision to consult the cold case team, but he is hoping for something more and is open to taking possible legal action if it turns out. produce significant events in the case. case are not made soon.
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“They would love for this case to just go away and put it in a filing cabinet that is never opened. We’re not going to let that happen,” Ramsey said.
BPD says it investigated more than 21,000 leads, letters and emails and traveled to 19 states to speak to more than 1,000 people about 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,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said in a statement Wednesday. “That includes following up on every lead and working with our law enforcement partners and DNA experts across the country to solve this tragic case. This investigation has always been and will continue to be a priority for the Boulder Police Department.”
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In the spring of 2022, Ramsey helped publish a petition that has since garnered more than 28,000 signatures asking Colorado Governor Jared Polis to allow an independent agency to take over the BPD investigation.
The father of five has expressed his dissatisfaction with the BPD’s handling of the case for the past 26 years and believes that the independent investigative teams that have offered to help in the case can bring his daughter’s killer to light. To do so, the City of Boulder and the BPD must turn over evidence from the case in their custody so that the items can be retested for DNA to potentially build a profile of the suspects.
If they can build a more complete DNA profile of suspects, that information can be compared to millions of DNA profiles uploaded to public databases that show people’s unique genetic codes.
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“There are … two or three state-of-the-art labs that have been very successful,” Ramsey explained. “And they’re private. They’re not inside the government. The government, by their own admission, the FBI told us this six or eight months ago: ‘We don’t have the latest technology that’s only available from these outside labs,’ and that’s where we have to go. So, we want that done.”
Ramsey said she had sent her own DNA sample to Ancestry DNA, which sells $25 DNA test kits, so that her genetic code would be available in their database. The company says on its website that it has “surpassed 4 million customers in our DNA database” and is “proud to remain the largest consumer genetic testing company.”
The 78-year-old father and grandfather said the process of trying to get answers over the past two and a half decades can become tedious, but he is still motivated to keep going.
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“It gets tired to keep beating the same drum,” he said.
CrimeCon 2022, a convention for true crime enthusiasts, scientists, journalists and crime victims to come together and discuss their similar or different experiences, reinvigorated Ramsey. She spoke at the convention to a room of several hundred people who remained silent as she told his 25-year version of the story.
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“I was overwhelmed by the interest and support from the people behind us that we can take advantage of,” he said.
On one hand, Ramsey is hopeful that the BPD seems willing to get help from the state cold case team to find new leads in his daughter’s murder case. On the other hand, he said he doesn’t know anything about the cold case team or who works for it, so he’s not sure if the 2023 partnership will reveal anything promising. Ramsey is also waiting to hear from the Colorado governor to discuss next steps.