JonBenet Ramsey’s father wants outside agency to test DNA

JonBenet Ramsey’s father is backing an online petition calling on the Colorado governor to intervene in the investigation into her death more than 25 years ago by hiring an outside agency to carry out DNA testing in the case. The 6-year-old was found clubbed and strangled to death in the basement of her family’s Boulder home on December 26, 1996, several hours after her mother called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been left behind. Her death was ruled a homicide, but no one was ever prosecuted. John Ramsey said DNA evidence, which has never been tested before, is to be transferred from Boulder police to another agency, KUSA-TV reported Sunday. “Somehow we have to force the police, or take it away from them, the ability to go ahead and test some of the crime scene evidence that was never tested for DNA,” he said. “Why this has never been done by the police and will never happen is beyond me.” Noting that advances in DNA and the use of genetic genealogy are leading to the solving of more cold cases across the country, the petition criticizes the Boulder Police Department for not doing enough to use DNA to solve the case, noting that at the time of the 25th anniversary of JonBenet’s death, the department said it was “actively reviewing genetic DNA testing procedures” to see if it could be on the Case applied In a statement, a spokesman for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said: “The state will review the petition and consider how the state can help use new technology to broaden this cold case.” to investigate and identify the killer of JonBenet Ramsey.” The statement did not address the involvement of the Boulder Police Department. Meanwhile, the Boulder Police Department said it was cooperating with state law enforcement and the FBI on the investigation, and the DNA from the case is being regularly checked for new matches. As of December, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has updated over 750 DNA samples from the investigation using the latest DNA technology, the department said in a statement to those affected by their loss,” Police Chief Maris Herold said in the statement. The Police Department has been criticized for its initial handling of the investigation into the death of JonBenet, who competed in beauty pageants. The details of the crime and JonBenet’s video footage of the pageants propelled the case into one of the most well-known mysteries in the United States, sparking a string of true crime books and television specials. While the district attorney at the time of JonBenet’s death said her parents were under “an early umbrella of suspicion,” testing in 2008 of newly discovered DNA on her clothes showed that an “unknown third party” was involved in her murder, and not hers Parents, John and Pat sy Ramsey or their son Burke. This prompted former District Attorney Mary Lacy to clear the Ramseys of any involvement two years after Patsy Ramsey’s death from cancer, calling the couple “victims of that crime.”

JonBenet Ramsey’s father is backing an online petition calling on the Colorado governor to intervene in the investigation into her death more than 25 years ago by hiring an outside agency to carry out DNA testing in the case.

The 6-year-old was found dead, beaten and strangled, in the basement of her family’s Boulder home on December 26, 1996, several hours after her mother called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been left behind . Her death was ruled a homicide, but no one was ever prosecuted.

John Ramsey said DNA evidence, which has never been tested before, is to be transferred from Boulder police to another agency, KUSA-TV reported Sunday.

“Somehow we have to force the police or take away the opportunity for them to go ahead and test some of the crime scene evidence that has never been tested for DNA,” he said. “Why the police never did this and never will is a mystery to me.”

The petition notes that advances in DNA and the use of genetic genealogy are leading to the solving of more cold cases across the country. It criticizes the Boulder Police Department for not doing enough to use DNA to solve the case, noting that at the time of the 25th anniversary of JonBenet’s death, the department said it was “actively reviewing genetic DNA testing procedures.” ‘ applied to the case to see if this might be the case.

In a statement, a spokesman for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said: “The state will review the petition and consider how the state can help use new technology to further investigate this cold case and identify the killer of JonBenet Ramsey .” The statement did not address the involvement of the Boulder Police Department.

Meanwhile, the Boulder Police Department said it was cooperating with state law enforcement and the FBI on the investigation, and the DNA from the case is regularly checked for new matches. As of December, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has updated over 750 DNA samples from the investigation using the latest DNA technology, the department said in a statement.

“We have a common goal to bring justice — and hopefully some peace — to JonBenet’s family and everyone affected by their loss,” Police Chief Maris Herold said in the statement.

The Police Department has been criticized for its initial handling of the investigation into the death of JonBenet, who competed in beauty pageants.

The details of the crime and JonBenet’s video footage of the pageants made the case one of the best-known mysteries in the United States, sparking a string of true-crime books and TV specials.

While the district attorney at the time of JonBenet’s death said her parents were under “an umbrella of suspicion” early on, tests conducted in 2008 using newly discovered DNA on her clothing indicated the involvement of an “unknown third party” in her murder, not her parents John and Patsy Ramsey or their son Burke. This prompted former District Attorney Mary Lacy to clear the Ramseys of any involvement two years after Patsy Ramsey’s death from cancer, calling the couple “victims of that crime.”