Police Launch New Probe Into 1996 JonBenét Ramsey Murder

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At a glance

  • Police in Boulder, Colo., have teamed up with the Colorado Cold Case Review Team to launch a new investigation into the 1996 murder of JonBenét Ramsey.
  • JonBenét, who was a child beauty queen, was reported missing from her family’s Boulder home on the morning of Dec. 26, 1996, by her mother, who found a bizarre ransom note demanding $118,000 in exchange for the girl.
  • Her father, John Bennett, found his daughter’s body in the basement of the family’s home later that day. The young beauty had been beaten, strangled and potentially sexually assaulted.
  • “Since JonBenét’s murder, detectives have investigated leads stemming from more than 21,000 tips, letters, and emails. We have traveled to 19 states to interview or speak with more than 1,000 individuals,” the Boulder Police Department said in a statement Wednesday.

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