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JonBenét Ramsey murder: Cops urged to use cutting-edge tech to retest DNA on 3 key pieces of evidence

BOULDER, COLORADO: The murder of JonBenét Ramsey remains unsolved, even after nearly 26 years. However, a team of volunteer investigators and a detective’s daughter think they know what the Boulder Police Department should focus on to take the next step of the investigation. Cindy Smit-Marra, who is the daughter of the late Detective Lou Smit, is on a mission to crack the cold case with Detective John Anderson. The two are part of a team of about 12 investigators who continued the work of the late Lou Smit.

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The team insisted that the next stage of the investigation be conducted based on three different key pieces of evidence, including the six-year-old beauty pageant queen’s long johns, panties and under her fingernails. Lou Smit introduced the ‘intruder theory’ which rocked the case by proving the six-year-old’s parents were innocent. Initially, Boulder Police and the Court of Public Opinion believed John and Patsy were involved in the JonBenét murder that took place over Christmas in 1996 prior to Smit’s involvement. Unfortunately, Smit died before he found a suspect, but he left behind a treasure trove of information his team didn’t want to lose.

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According The sun, Cindy Smit-Marra and John Anderson said, “The Ramseys didn’t, and this case can be solved using the DNA evidence the killer left at the crime scene.” The pair said JonBenét’s long johns, in the panties and under the fingernails, needed to be retested “in the specific format required to perform forensic genealogy research.” “We request that the lab that performed the testing on the long johns use their current technology to potentially identify more markers and/or separate any mixed DNA,” they said. “It would just take a phone call from the Boulder Police Department.”

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NewsCurrentTV reported that it is also known as forensic genealogy research. It’s a revolutionary new tool that has helped identify suspects in dozens of murder and sexual assault cases. Experts compare DNA samples from a crime scene against open source databases from services like Ancestry.com Where 23andme. This greatly reduces the number of suspects, as law enforcement can begin to build a suspect’s family tree. He was instrumental in helping the police nail down the Golden State Killer. The duo would also like the Boulder police to use the most advanced private companies specializing in forensic genealogy such as Parabon or Othram.

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John and Patsy Ramsey were cleared after Lou Smit introduced the ‘intruder theory’ (Getty Images)

The team used its own money and money raised through its GoFundMe page to test DNA and cross off the names of potential suspects from the list. Smit-Marra and Anderson said they want Boulder police to “coordinate with experts who can re-evaluate all of the physical evidence in this case to determine if that evidence can provide additional DNA identification and/or corroboration. “.

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“Our team met twice with Boulder Police detectives and the Boulder District Attorney to share what we were doing and the results of our independent DNA analysis,” Smit-Marra and Anderson said. “Unfortunately, our last meeting request was denied when I confirmed that the purpose of our meeting was related to Lou Smit’s intruder theory, which eliminates the Ramsey family and focuses on efforts to identify his killer. .”

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JonBenét Ramsey's long johns are part of three pieces of evidence (Boulder Police Department)
JonBenét Ramsey’s long johns are part of three pieces of evidence (Boulder Police Department)

This is part of JonBenét’s family’s call for the governor to take the Boulder PD case and bring in an outside agency. Despite an online petition with more than 20,000 signatures supporting the Ramsey family’s wish, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said in an email that no decision had been made as of last week.

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“The new DNA markers found could then be tested in the format required to do forensic genealogy,” Smit-Marra and Anderson said. “Then hire an expert to perform a ‘family’ DNA search of the killer’s next of kin in CODIS using the killer’s DNA profile currently in CODIS.”

“Next, hire an expert to perform a ‘family’ DNA search of the killer’s next of kin in CODIS using the killer’s DNA profile currently in CODIS,” they added. The investigative team said their relationship with Boulder police was “disappointing”.

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The police department recently revealed on Twitter that it had met with private labs. In response to someone urging them to “get JonBenét DNA retested,” the department tweeted, “Your information is not accurate. The Boulder Police Department regularly meets with several entities regarding this investigation, including private labs, the FBI, CBI, District Attorney’s Office and others. In this ever-evolving field of DNA analysis and testing, we constantly engage with these investigative stakeholders to assess how best to proceed given legal and scientific rules and limitations. Due to the time since this crime first occurred, Boulder Police must be extremely careful in handling evidence and analysis. The Boulder Police Department has spoken with members of the Ramsey family over the past few years who have provided information to investigators. Detectives have never stopped investigating leads that keep coming and getting DNA tested daily in CODIS.

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JonBenet’s half-brother John Andrew Ramsey retweeted the Boulder Police comment with his own statement on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, “Holy Moly! The feeler I took out tells me otherwise. Not to mention an appalling record. Are you giving them the benefit of the doubt? »

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