DENVER (KDVR) — According to our affiliates at FOX News, John Ramsey, the father of slain JonBenet Ramsey, announced on Saturday the start of a petition asking Governor Jared Polis to allow an independent agency to conduct DNA testing in the case rather than the Boulder Police Department.
“I hope Jared Polis has the good sense to leave it in the hands of experts who have been working on this case for over 20 years,” said Mitch Morrissey, former Denver district attorney and current chief operating officer at United. Data Connect.
As a Denver district attorney, Morrissey assisted the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office for a time in the Ramsey case. He told FOX31 he found the petition ridiculous.
“This is a petition to hopefully get the State of Colorado to step in and have the crime scene items tested that could be tested for DNA that have not been tested,” said Ramsey at Fox News Digital during the 2022 CrimeCon convention in Las Vegas on Saturday. . “It’s going to take a lot of help to get this going again. But you know, government is very responsive and we’re talking about politicians. We want them to do the right thing.
“A group of people sign a petition that does not understand the techniques and difficulties of this case. I know the BPD understands that,” Morrissey said.
The petition now has over 1,700 signatures. But Morrissey said he guaranteed BPD was considering new DNA techniques to work on the JonBenet case.
A spokesperson for the governor’s office responded to FOX31 about the new petition:
“The state will review the petition and consider how the state can help use new technologies to further investigate this cold case and to identify JonBenet Ramsey’s killer and bring him to justice.”
The Boulder Police Department also responded to the petition:
The Boulder Police Department is aware of the recent demand regarding the JonBenet Ramsey homicide investigation and wants the community to know that they have never wavered in their pursuit to bring justice to all those affected by the murder of this little girl.
Since December 26, 1996, detectives have followed every lead that came into the department, to include more than 21,016 tips, letters and emails and to travel to 19 states to interview or speak with more than 1,000 people in the framework of this crime.
This matter has been under constant review with federal, state and local partners. As recently as March 2022, the Boulder Police Department hosted another meeting with federal, state, and local agencies working on this case and in consultation with DNA experts from across the country. This collaboration will continue.
Boulder Police have regularly researched and worked with multiple stakeholders across the country, including the FBI, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI ) and several outside forensic laboratories. Several suspects have scoured the system to check matches due to huge advances in DNA technology. Last December, CBI updated over 750 reference samples with the latest DNA technology.
Additionally, Boulder Police have worked with CBI to ensure DNA in the system can be properly compared to new DNA samples that have been uploaded to ensure accuracy. This DNA is checked regularly for any new matches.
The Boulder Police Department understands how serious the loss of a child is to the Ramsey family and the community as a whole. That’s why detectives worked tirelessly to solve this horrific crime..
“We have a common goal to bring justice – and hopefully some peace – to JonBenet’s family and all those affected by his loss,” Police Chief Maris Herold said. “Our investigation with federal, state and local partners has never stopped. This includes new ways to use DNA technology. We have always used cutting-edge technology because it has been at the forefront of this Whenever DNA technology has changed, we have worked to ensure that the evidence could be tested.
“This investigation has always been and will continue to be a priority for the Boulder Police Department.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty agrees.
“Every unsolved homicide is a tragedy, especially when the victim is a child,” Dougherty said. “The murder of JonBenet Ramsey has left a long and terrible trail of heartbreak and unanswered questions. Our office will continue to work with the Boulder Police Department, state agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As in any murder case, if evidence leads to an arrest, the DA’s office will work tirelessly to secure justice for the victim, closure for loved ones, and answers for our community.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact our inquiry line at 303-441-1974, BouldersMostWanted@bouldercolorado.gov or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).”
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