John Ramsey, father of slain 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, has recently announced that he remains hopeful that her killer will finally be identified and brought to justice. Despite his previous critical nature towards the police department’s handling of the case, he is now giving new leadership a chance to make good on their promise to utilize outside assistance to solve the case.
With 33,000 signatures on a petition and more than 21,000 tips and emails explored by the Boulder Police Department (BPD), the Ramsey family hopes that recent advances in DNA technology can shed some light on this cold case.
On December 26th 1996, 6-year old JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in her family’s basement. The autopsy revealed she had died from strangulation and a blow to the head with an 8 1/2 inch fracture on her skull.
Despite investigations spanning 19 states and speaking with over 1,000 people about this tragedy, no suspect has been named or charged for this crime yet.
John Ramsey has been very critical of how BPD have handled his daughter’s murder investigation over the years but recognizes that new leadership “inherited this mess” when they came on board. He feels it is not fair for him to continue beating them up without giving them a chance to prove themselves so he recently met with Chief Maris Herold and Assistant Chief Greg Testa who offered encouraging words about solving this case.
While they have yet to accept help from outside sources such as FBI or other law enforcement agencies which could bring answers to his family or retest items from crime scene using latest technology at an independent lab, there are indications that they may be headed in that direction soon which brings some hope for John Ramsey and his family members after 27 years since this tragedy happened.
JonBenet’s death left a hole in many hearts around America still searching for justice 27 years later and BPD continues its commitment to investigate every lead until all questions are answered despite lack of suspects coming forth yet.