Police have sensationally re-opened the investigation into the 1996 killing of six-year-old beauty pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey in a bid to solve one of America’s most notorious unsolved murder mysteries.
Detectives are set to interview Burke Ramsey, 23, who was just nine when his little sister was found strangled and beaten in the basement of the family’s Colorado home.
Investigators are expected to re-examine the physical evidence in the case to see if modern DNA techniques can throw new light on the fourteen-year riddle.
The little girl was found dead on December 26 1996 nearly eight hours after she was first reported missing.
A two-and-a-half page ransom note was discovered on the kitchen staircase at the Ramsey’s house just hours before JonBenet’s body was discovered beneath a white blanket with a white cord around her neck, her wrists tied above her head and duct tape covering her mouth.
At one point or another, every member of the Ramsey family has come under suspicion.
But Burke and JonBenet’s parents John and Patsy – who died of cancer in 2006 – were officially cleared as suspects two years ago.
Former District Attorney Mary Lacy said evidence suggested the killer was an unknown intruder who broke into the home.
But the failure to crack the case has rankled with police.
Boulder police chief Mark Beckner would not comment on details of the ongoing probe or identify possible new suspects.
‘We continue to work the Ramsey case.
‘This has included additional contacts and interviews with those who may have information pertinent to the case,’ he said, adding that an advisory committee recommended the case warranted a fresh investigation.