/ July 10, 2008

DNA Testing Narrows Suspects in JonBenet Murder Mystery

After a twelve year investigation, several parties have been cleared of involvement in the assault and murder of JonBenet Ramsey. The disappearance and subsequent death of 6-year-old JonBenet shocked the country in 1996 and the investigation has taken a number of turns since then. Ramsey’s parents and brother, at the time only 9 years of age, became the featured suspects in the murder though preliminary DNA tests proved nothing. With the development of new technology in the field of DNA testing, investigators were able to retest the clothing JonBenet was wearing the night of her murder. The technology known as “touch analysis” was used to collect and identify DNA from the clothing JonBenet was wearing the night of her murder. After testing the samples investigators determined the DNA matched the samples taken years ago, none of which was a match to the Ramsey family. Though the official declaration of their innocence clears the Ramsey name, it came too late for Patsy Ramsey, JonBenet’s mother who passed away in 2006.

Unfortunately the relief that the Ramsey family finds is fleeting as the mystery of who did kill their daughter remains unsolved. Another scan of criminal databases with the most recently tested DNA produced no results meaning the investigation is not much further along than they were prior to the new technology. Despite the inconclusive results in the Ramsey DNA touch analysis, there is great hope that this testing format will provide breakthrough in future cases. Many still lament mistakes made early in the Ramsey investigation that may be the reason the case remains open today.

Source: MSNBC

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