JonBenét Ramsey's Murder Investigation: Authorities Exploring New DNA Testing
The Boulder Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations are exploring if "new technology" can be used in the JonBenét Ramsey murder investigation
“As part of the ongoing investigation into the death of JonBenét Ramsey, the Boulder Police Department continues to discuss and evaluate evidence with the Boulder District Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation,” the police department said.
“With the emergence of new DNA testing technology, the Boulder Police Department is working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations to determine if this new technology could further this investigation.”
Officials won’t disclose any additional details “until there is new information to announce,” according to the release. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation could not comment to PEOPLE.
A spokeswoman for the Boulder Police Department tells PEOPLE the District Attorney’s Office and Boulder police most recently met to discuss the possibility before Thanksgiving, but she noted they’ve gathered throughout the year.
The CBI now uses “more advanced” DNA testing kits, the spokeswoman said: “That’s what is prompting us to look into the possibility of using the more advanced technology.”
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JonBenét was discovered dead in the basement of her family’s Boulder mansion on Christmas Day in 1996. She was 6 years old.
No one has ever been charged in her killing. In 2008, following the trace DNA analysis, JonBenét’s parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, were formally cleared in the investigation — two years after the latter’s death from cancer. But former Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said in 2015, “Exonerating anyone … is absurd.”
John and Patsy have always maintained their innocence in their daughter’s death.
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In recent months, as the anniversary of JonBenét’s killing approaches, her case has received renewed media interest. It was the subject of a Lifetime movie as well as a CBS two-part special.
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In The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, a panel of investigators — including Spitz — developed a theory that JonBenét was accidentally killed by her brother.