JonBenet Ramsey Murder Could Be Solved 25 Years Later Thanks To DNA ‘Enhancements’

Police in Colorado are said to be hopeful that DNA ‘enhancements’ may be the key to finally solving the case of who killed JonBenet Ramsey 25 years later. Authorities are “actively” continuing their work on the case and recently provided an update revealing that investigators have processed more than 1,500 pieces of evidence related to the 6-year-old’s murder.

  1. JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in her parents’ basement. The little girl’s body was discovered on December 26, 1996, with an autopsy later revealing that she’d been strangled. However, in the 25 years since the terrible crime, authorities have been unable to nail down a suspect.
  2. Advancements in DNA technology could hold the key. Nearly 1,000 DNA samples have been processed as of December 2021, all coming from “multiple suspects” and compared to potential matches. Boulder police believe that teaming up with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on “future DNA advancements” could eventually give them the break they’ve been desperately seeking.
  3. The authorities aren’t going to give up. “As the department continues to use new technology to enhance the investigation, it is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing processes to see if those can be applied to this case moving forward,” Boulder police said in a statement. So far they’ve looked into more than 2,100 tips, letters, and emails with relevance to the case and have gone to 19 different states seeking further evidence.
  4. Sadly, JonBenet’s mother is no longer alive. Patsy Ramsey died of ovarian cancer in 2006 at age 49. This was two years before she and her husband (and JonBenet’s father) John Ramsey were cleared as suspects in the killing. This means that should the case ever be solved, she won’t get the closure of knowing what happened to her daughter.
  5. JonBenet’s family want results. As her half-brother, John Andrew Ramsey, told the Denver Gazette, the family doesn’t care how the case is solved, they just want it done. “What the Boulder police have done to date is not enough,” he said. “What our family wants is results. We don’t care who gets us to the finish line, whether it’s the Boulder police, great. If it’s another agency, great. Whatever it takes to find JonBenet’s killer.”
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