New cutting-edge DNA technology could help solve the murder of 6-year-old pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey 20 years on. According to a report by CrimeFeed, The Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced it would be opening a new DNA facility in 2017.
There were also reports of “serious flaws” in the interpretation of DNA results taken from the pyjamas and underpants JonBenet was wearing when her body was discovered in the family basement of her home at Boulder, Colorado, in 1996.
Boulder’s current District Attorney Stan Garnett said: “What I am confident about is that the Ramsey case is more than a DNA case, and to ever have a prosecutable case, we have to have several different pieces of evidence come together. DNA would be a part of that, and additional testing might give us new information that could be helpful to the investigation, however I don’t expect that DNA test results alone will definitely solve or prove the case.”
The case has since become one of the most speculated murder mysteries of the past twenty years.
What Happened To JonBenet Ramsey?
The morning after Christmas Day, she was reported missing by her parents – then eight hours later, her body was found in the basement. The case had several grand jury hearings, yet still remains unsolved.
According to the testimony of JonBenet’s mother, Patsy Ramsey, she discovered her daughter was missing after coming across a ransom letter in the kitchen demanding $118,000 for the safe return of her daughter. The note said JonBenet would be returned as soon as the money was paid.
JonBenet’s father, John Ramsey, made arrangement to pay the ransom and collect the money that morning from a local bank. The instructions were not to call the police or contact any friends, but at 5.45pm that day they rang the police and also contacted friends and family.
After officers arrived, they believed she had been kidnapped from her bedroom and cornered off the area. They then suggested John Ramsey search the house for anything unusual and he headed to the basement in the house. Here he found his daughter’s body covered in a blanket and carried her upstairs in his arms.
The police were later ridiculed for allowing the father to move the body from the scene of the crime. A nylon cord had been tied around her neck, her wrists were tied above her head, and her mouth was covered by duct tape. An autopsy revealed that JonBenet had been killed by strangulation and a severe skull fracture.
Mark Beckner, who was Chief of Boulder police at the time of the murder, explained during a Reddit chat: “The media attention and the intrigue of a good murder mystery attracts lots of people. Add a small beauty queen and it only intensifies the interest. If only 1% of the population is crazy, in our country alone that would mean there are about 3,600,000 crazy people out there wanting to give us their wacky ideas.”