Father Of JonBenet Ramsey Hopes That The New Administration Will Contribute To The Investigation Into His Daughter’s Murder

After nearly 27 years, the father of JonBenet Ramsey, a 6-year-old Colorado girl who was suddenly killed in 1996, is still optimistic that fresh law enforcement personnel assigned to her case will find her perpetrator.

The day after Christmas in 1996, JonBenet, the youngest of John Ramsey’s five daughters, was slain in the basement of her family’s Boulder home. The crime is still unsolved to this day.

“I’ve been extremely critical of Boulder police,” Ramsey said, adding that his criticism is “unfair” to new police leadership who “inherited this mess” over the years. “Until I’m proven wrong, I have hope that the new leadership within the police department, who I was impressed with, will make good on their promise to use outside help to solve this case.”

Father Of JonBenet Ramsey Hopes That The New Administration Will Contribute To The Investigation Into His Daughter's Murder

One of the initial lead detectives assigned to the JonBenet case was reprimanded last year as a result of an internal audit. The Boulder Police Department (BPD) declared a month prior to that officer’s downgrade that it would seek assistance from the Colorado Cold Case Review Team about the Ramsey case.

“I feel bad continuing to beat them up. I have no reason not to. But I also need to give them a chance to perform,” he said. “And I told them, I said, ‘Look, OK, I’ve been very critical of our police. And that’s a bit unfair to you, new leadership because you inherited this mess. But that’s all I have to go on. It’s history.'”

Although he hasn’t heard from the Cold Case Unit, Ramsey said he hasn’t given up hope that the combined efforts of both investigation teams will help his family get answers.

Ramsey said he “met with the chief of police and the assistant chief several months ago, and they shared some words that were encouraging.”

He still hopes the BPD will “accept help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

“They’ve refused that almost from the beginning… and that’s been the whole tragedy of this thing. They’ve refused help from the outside, and they’ve got to accept it,” he said. “There’s some indication that they are headed in that direction.”

The Ramsey family has “been asking for years” that investigators retest evidence from the crime scene “using the latest technology” at a separate lab. The Ramsey family has been informed of “no new” suspects, but they remain hopeful that recent developments in genetic genealogy would enable DNA samples taken at the crime scene to produce a new suspect profile.

John Ramsey petitioned Colorado Governor Jared Polis to permit an independent DNA testing organisation to examine crime scene materials that had been in the custody of the BPD for almost three decades. To date, the petition has received more than 33,000 signatures.

After JonBenet’s death, an autopsy found that the young woman passed away from a head injury and strangling. Her skull was fractured by an 8 1/2-inch fracture, according to the Boulder City Medical Examiner.

In addition to travelling to 19 states to talk with more than 1,000 people regarding the case, according to BPD, it has looked at leads from more than 21,000 tips, letters, and emails.

“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 last year. “That includes following up on every lead and working with our policing partners and DNA experts around 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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