The Ramsey Family

A call from a group of independent investigators wants the Boulder Police Department to retest three key physical evidence in the JonBenet Ramsey’s cold case. It’s the latest twist in the child beauty queen that’s gripped the entire nation since 1996. 

The investigators are leading a push for the BPD to deploy the latest DNA technology to test JonBenet’s pants, underwear and bio material found under her fingernails. 

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The group of investigators hope the evidence will help with a new lead in the cold case of who murdered JonBenet Ramsey, a bright eyed girl with a thousand watts smile. 

For the longest time, a fraction inside the Bounder Police suspected JonBenet’s murder to be an inside job. Her parents, John and Patsy have been on the short suspect lists, but no concrete evidence ever linked the parents to the death of their youngest child. 

CBS’ 60 Minutes produces a show on the JonBenet Ramsey’s slaying several years back — one of their experts suggested an alternative suspect — Burke Ramsey, JonBenet’s older brother. Since the airing of the show, Burke Ramsey filed a defamation lawsuit against the network conglomerate seeking $750 million in damages. 

But while the nation looked at the parents as potential killers, a detective by the name of Lou Smit, suggested the ‘intruder theory.’ Unfortunately, Smith passed away before finding out if he was right. His daughter, Cindy Smit-Marra, is part of the independent group of investigators leading the renewed pushed to force the Boulder Police to turn over evidence or have them tested independently by some of the nation’s prominent DNA labs. 

‘We request that the lab that did the testing on the long johns use their current technology to potentially identify more markers and/or separate any commingled DNA,” Smith-Marra said. 

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Even JonBenet’s own family has pleaded with the Colorado Governor to step in. But so far, Gov. Jared Polis released a statement his office has not reached a decision in allowing evidence in the Ramsey to be tested by an outside lab. 

And the Boulder Police has refused to meet with outside investigators. Law enforcement justified their decision by saying they continue to work on the Ramsey’s murder meeting with state and federal agencies. 

‘Due to the length of time since this crime first occurred, Boulder police must be extremely cautious with handling of evidence and analysis.’ A tweet was sent from the Boulder Police Tweeter account. 

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By Jolene Grace

Jolene Grace was a journalist for ten years, interning for CBS evening news, working as a beat report for Oklahoma Public radio, and eventually transitioning into managing digital content for a radio corporation. Currently, she writes crime fiction full time and blogs for the Crime Room. Jolene is fortunate enough to be able to tell the stories of those who no longer can. She’s passionate to write about cold cases being solved. You can read her blogs on or listen to The Crime Room Podcast wherever in the world you happened to be. Let’s Talk Crime.

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