JonBenét Ramsay’s mysterious murder will once again be investigated after Boulder police announced a new team of detectives will review the evidence in hope of cracking the 26-year-old case. The department said it was joining forces with the Colorado Cold Case Review Team to seek answers on who killed the six-year-old beauty pageant queen. Boulder police said in a statement: “Since JonBenét’s murder, detectives have investigated leads stemming from more than 21,000 tips, letters, and emails.
“We have travelled to 19 states to interview or speak with more than 1,000 individuals.”
Police Chief Maris Herold added: “This crime has left a hole in the hearts of many, and we will never stop investigating until we find JonBenet’s killer.
“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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JonBenét was reported missing from her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado, on December 26, 1996 after her mother found a ransom note demanding $118,000 in exchange for the fire.
Her father, John Ramsay, found her daughter in the basement after being asked by police investigators to search the house to check if “anything seemed amiss.”
The six-year-old was found with her mouth covered in duct tape and her torso partially covered by a white duvet.
Mr Ramsay and his wife Patsy were initially included in the “umbrella of suspects” the police were investigating for the murder.
Earlier analysis had suggested Patsy could have written the bizarre ransom note found following JonBenét’s disappearance.
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Mr Dougherty said: “The murder of JonBenet Ramsey is a terrible tragedy and sparked years of unanswered questions and theories. Our office has successfully prosecuted other cold case homicides and many murder cases.
“In every one of those cases, it was the evidence that proved the defendant(s) guilty. Whether it is DNA or other evidence, more is needed to solve this murder.”
Since JonBenét’s murder, the case garnered the attention of true crime experts from across the world, with a multitude of theories emerging about the motives of the killing.
Some have speculated the 6-year-old had died as the result of a failed break-in, with others pointing at the beauty pageant circuit and paedophile rings hiding behind the gruesome murder.