20 Years Later, Resolution of JonBenet’s Murder ‘Not Likely’

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Twenty years later, the nation-enthralling murder of JonBenét Ramsey is so knotted by tainted evidence, faulty police work and conflicting suspect theories that the Boulder County district attorney says it would be difficult to solve even if an upcoming third round of DNA testing does generate a match in the FBI’s national offender database, says the Denver Post. “I suppose it’s possible, but it’s not very likely,” said DA Stan Garnett. “The problems in the Ramsey case are unlimited.”

Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the killing of the 6-year-old pageant queen, whose death in her Boulder home captivated the country and prompted countless theories by experts and amateurs alike. Although her parents were initially placed under an “umbrella of suspicion” they were later cleared by the district attorney. No one has ever been charged in the case. The case began early on the morning of Dec. 26, 1996, when the child’s mother, Patsy Ramsey, called police to report she had found a ransom note in her home. That afternoon, the child’s body was found in the basement. She had been hit in the head, strangled and sexually assaulted.

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