Task force has new 'recommendations' in JonBenét Ramsey murder investigation

 February 27, 2024

Americans were horrified nearly three decades ago when six-year-old child beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey was murdered at her home in Colorado. 

Yet in what may prove to be a miracle, investigators have announced that they are new "recommendations" in the tragic case. 

Team of outside experts have reviewed and digitized large body of evidence

That's according to a recent article published by The Daily Mail citing an announcement from the Boulder Police Department (BPD) this past Thursday.

The statement referenced work by the Colorado Cold Case Review Team, a cadre of outside experts assembled to review material related to the case.

Its membership consists of investigative, analytical, and forensic experts, including some from the FBI, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Boulder County District Attorney's Office along with "other entities with expertise in cold case homicide investigations."

The team has spent the better part of a year digitizing evidence, including over 1,000 interviews, 21,000 tips, and handwriting samples, DNA, fingerprints, and shoe prints from more than 200 individuals.

Police chief pledges "to pursue all leads and explore technology advancements"

The Daily Mail noted that although the team's recommendations have not yet been made public, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold praised its efforts.

"I am grateful for the Cold Case Review Team's independent assessment and the recommendations provided regarding this tragic case," Herold was quoted as saying late last week.

"We will continue to pursue all leads and explore technology advancements to identify JonBenet's killer," the lawman pledged.

"I also commit to providing the community and family with investigative updates as new evidence emerges," Herold went on to stress.

Cause of death attributed to "asphyxia by strangulation" and "craniocerebral trauma"

The Daily Mail noted that JonBenet's body was found in the basement of their family home following the discovery of a ransom note that demanded $118,000.

A subsequent investigation by the Boulder City Medical Examiner revealed that her death was caused by "asphyxia by strangulation associated with craniocerebral trauma."

Among the documented injuries was an 8 1/2-inch fracture in JonBenet's skull which was attributed to her having been bludgeoned by a blunt object.

The case took a bizarre turn in 2007 when John Mark Karr told authorities that he drugged and sexually abused JonBenet prior to her death. However, a toxicology report found no drugs or alcohol in her system and Karr later said that he fabricated the story to protect someone else.

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