The strangled and bludgeoned body of 6 year old JonBenet Ramsey was discovered by her father 12 years ago on December 26, 1996 in the basement of there home in Boulder, Colorado and to this day the case still goes unsolved.

With the new genetic evidence prosecutors are now sure that they clear her family. DNA tests show it belongs to an unknown man instead. It clearly doesn’t belong to her father, John or her brother.

Unfortunately to find who the DNA belongs to investigators will have to find a match in a growing national database with more than 5 million offenders. The FBI reports that more than 55 million have been entered in their fingerprint database.

“If this person has no criminal record and has never been DNA-typed in another case, this murderer is going to be on out streets,” said Larry Pozner, a Denver attorney and a past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The new tests were done on DNA samples that were taken from long johns and underwear that JonBenet was wearing when she was killed.

JonBenet’s mother, Patsy Ramsey , died in 2006 of ovarian cancer. At the time she was still fighting to clear her and her family’s name in this.

“The suspicion about the Ramsey’s in this case created an ongoing living hell for the Ramsey family and their friends, which added to their suffering from the unexplained and devastating loss of JonBenet,” said Mary Lacy, Boulder County District Attorney. She apologized for all the stress that was caused to the Ramsey’s and said she wished they could have cleared them before Patsy Ramsey died.

Two years ago authorities say that an American teacher living in Thailand, John Mark Karr, claimed he was involved in the murder of JonBenet but DNA results proved he was not at the scene of the crime.

Jan Barrett

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