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JonBenet Ramsey’s father wants outside agency to test DNA

DENVER — The father of JonBenet Ramsey is backing an online petition asking the governor of Colorado to intervene in the investigation into his death more than 25 years ago by putting an outside agency in charge of DNA testing in the case.

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

John Ramsey said he wanted DNA evidence that had never been tested before transferred from Boulder police to another agency, KUSA-TV reported Sunday.

“Somehow we have to force the police, or take it away from them, to go ahead and test some of the crime scene evidence that has never been tested for DNA. “, did he declare. “Why this has never been done and will never be done by the police baffles me.”

The petition notes that advances in DNA and the use of genetic genealogy are leading to the resolution of more cold cases nationwide. He blames the Boulder Police Department for not doing enough to use DNA to solve the case, noting that the department said at the time of the 25th anniversary of JonBenet’s death that it was “actively reviewing the processes of DNA genetic testing” to see if these could be applied to the case.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Polis said, “The State will review the petition and consider how the State can help use new technologies to further investigate this cold case and to identify JonBenet Ramsey’s killer. ” The statement did not address the involvement of Boulder police.

Meanwhile, the Boulder Police Department said it is working with state law enforcement and the FBI on the investigation and the case’s DNA is regularly checked for any new matches. . In December, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation updated more than 750 DNA samples from the investigation with 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 all those affected by his loss,” Police Chief Maris Herold said in a statement. the press release.

The police department has come under fire for its initial handling of the investigation into the death of JonBenet, who had competed in beauty pageants.

The details of the crime and JonBenet’s video footage of the contests propelled the case into one of the most publicized mysteries in the United States, sparking a series of true crime books and television specials.

While the district attorney at the time of JonBenet’s death said her parents were under “an umbrella of suspicion” at first, tests in 2008 of newly discovered DNA on her clothes indicated the involvement of an “unexplained third party” in her murder, not her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, or their son, Burke. It led former district attorney Mary Lacy to clear the Ramseys of any involvement, two years after Patsy Ramsey’s death from cancer, calling the pair “victims of this crime”.

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