Colorado Police Reviewing New DNA Testing Methods in JonBenet Ramsey Case

Colorado Police Reviewing New DNA Testing Methods in JonBenet Ramsey Case Colorado Police Reviewing New DNA Testing Methods in JonBenet Ramsey Case The grave of JonBenet Ramsey, Aug.16, 2006, in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)

By Theodore Bunker | Wednesday, 22 December 2021 01:33 PM

Police in Boulder, Colorado announced this week that they are looking into new technology to process DNA samples taken from the 1996 crime scene of the killing of JonBenet Ramsey in an update ahead of the case's 25th anniversary.

JonBenet Ramsey, who was 6 years old at the time of her death, was first reported missing on Dec. 26, 1996, after her parents told police that they had received a ransom note. Her body was later found in the basement of the family’s house, and an autopsy conducted later determined that she was strangled to death.

"As of December 2021, the Boulder Police Department has processed more than 1,500 pieces of evidence related to the murder of JonBenet Ramsey," the department said in the press release, adding later: "that evidence has included the analysis of nearly 1,000 DNA samples."

The Bolder Police Department said its Major Crimes Unit "has received, reviewed, or investigated more than 21,016 tips, letters, and emails, and detectives have traveled to 19 states to interview or speak with more than 1,000 individuals in connection to this crime.”

The statement notes that "thanks to the huge advances in DNA technology, multiple suspects have been run through the system to check for matches," and that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) "has updated over 750 reference samples with the latest DNA technology.

"The Boulder Police Department works closely with CBI on future DNA advancements," and "to ensure the DNA in the system can be compared correctly to new DNA samples that have been uploaded to ensure accuracy."

These samples are "checked regularly for any new matches," and the department "is actively reviewing" the latest technology behind "genetic DNA testing processes to see if those can be applied to this case moving forward."