BOULDER, CO — The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has announced it will utilize new DNA testing technology on key pieces of evidence in the famously unsolved 1996 murder of six-year-old beauty pageant contestant JonBenét Ramsey.
The news comes after the Bureau announced it will be opening a cutting-edge DNA facility in 2017, and the discovery of “serious flaws” in the interpretation of DNA results taken from the long johns and underpants that JonBenét was wearing when her body was discovered.
A joint investigation by Colorado NBC affiliate KUSA-TV and the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper uncovered that DNA evidence labeled “Unknown Male 1” — meaning that it came from a single suspect — may actually be the DNA of two or more parties.
In 2008, the “single suspect” DNA theory prompted District Attorney Mary Lacy to publicly exonerate the other members of the Ramsey family — father John, mother Patsy, and brother Burke.
Lacy’s decision drew controversy, and new DNA results may directly go against the findings upon which she based it.
Boulder’s current District Attorney Stan Garnett said: “What I am confident about is that the Ramsey case is more than a DNA case, and to ever have a prosecutable case, we have to have several different pieces of evidence come together. DNA would be a part of that, and additional testing might give us new information that could be helpful to the investigation, however I don’t expect that DNA test results alone will definitely solve or prove the case.”
Twenty years in, the mystery of “Who killed JonBenét?” continues….
Main photo: JonBenét Ramsey [Instagram/ @jonbenet_support_group]