How JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery could be ‘solved in hours’ thanks to DNA, expert reveals

The smallest, smallest DNA sample from JonBenet Ramsey’s 25-year-old murder case could solve one of the country’s most notorious cold cases “in just hours”, a genealogist says. with The Sun.

The 6-year-old pageant queen was found dead in a gruesome setting on December 26, 1996, at her parents’ home in Boulder, Colorado, and her killer was never brought to justice.

JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in 1996 at the age of 6


JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in 1996 at the age of 6Credits: Rex Features
Pasty and John Ramsey's parents have been cleared as suspects


Pasty and John Ramsey’s parents have been cleared as suspectsCredit: Getty
The Boulder House where JonBenet was murdered


The Boulder House where JonBenet was murderedCredit: Toby Canham

Her half brother John Andrew Ramsey told The Sun in an exclusive interview that JonBenet was killed to make a “fantasy” and push law enforcement to take advantage of rapid advances in forensic genealogy to find suspects.

Decades-old cold cases around the country that were once considered hopeless dead ends are being solved every week, and there aren’t many cold cases in the US that are bigger than JonBenet’s.

CeCe Moore said: “I received thousands of emails about JonBenet’s case, ParabonDirector of forensic genealogy and one of the most respected voices in the field ever since.

“It’s been constant interest from around the world,” she told The Sun in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

“I think it’s a completely solvable case if [Boulder police] any DNA samples left.

“If the killer is of European origin, it can be identified within hours.”

David Mittelman, CEO of Othram, said the smallest DNA sample, as few minutes as possible is enough, said the first private laboratory was built specifically to use the most advanced technology and advances Latest set in forensic genealogy to solve cold cases.

Mittelman told The Sun in an exclusive interview: “All of our work is done in-house.

“Forensic evidence is often imperfect, not abundant, and sometimes it is contaminated,” Mittelman said.

“But we can use the smallest amount of amazingly degraded DNA, and it will work.”

Over the summer, Othram identified the killer Stephanie Isaacson after 32 years using only 120 picograms (or 0.12 nanograms) of DNA, which is the lowest amount of DNA used to solve a murder.

“In these cold cases, there’s not much evidence. In the Stephanie Isaacson case, there’s hardly anything,” Mittelman said.

“The technology is improving so quickly. We’re on a growth curve right now. The technology is always in a state of iteration and improvement.”

Both Moore and Mittelman said they believe the JonBenet Ramsey case can be solved if there is still a small amount of original DNA that can be tested.

But both say they have not been approached by Boulder police and cannot participate until they are asked to.

Boulder Police declined to comment.


Genetic genealogy has become the way of the future since the method of identification “Golden State Killer” as Joseph DeAngelo in April 2018.

In the end, he pleaded guilty to murdering 13 people and committing dozens of rapes across California between 1973 and 1986.

“After the ‘Golden State Killer’ case, everyone knew about GEDmatch and the genetic pedigree,” says Moore.

“I wanted to show genetic genealogy that it could be applied to cold cases. It’s an incredibly powerful tool.”

Since then, Moore has helped solve nearly 200 cold cases around the country, and Othram is the one handling the highest amount of DNA evidence.

“We want to deal with cases where all the leads are exhausted,” Mittelman said.

“These cases will not be left behind.”


The Boulder Police Department has been criticized for handling the case in the early stages after the family was given permission to move the body.

Since then, they have interviewed more than 1,000 people and received more than 21,000 tips, according to a statement released ahead of JonBenet’s 25th anniversary.

Boulder police said in the statement they did not rule out the use of DNA to solve the case but declined to comment further.

The department said it was working with state investigators on “future DNA advancements” as the case progressed.

“As the Department continues to use new technology to enhance investigations, the Department is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing procedures to see if these procedures can be applied to this case in the future. or not”.

A police statement on Monday said nearly 1,000 DNA samples had been taken.

DNA helped wipe out JonBenet’s parents and brother but unfortunately it came two years after Patsy’s mother passed away from cancer.

No suspect has ever been charged with the murder of JonBenet


No suspect has ever been charged with the murder of JonBenetCredits: Rex Features
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Family criticized for sexizing JonBenet in competitionsCredit: Rex Shutterstock
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