Twenty-one years after the death of famed child beauty pageant star JonBenet Ramsey, the mysterious case still has not turned up any promising leads or convictions. One detective asserted that forensic evidence at the Ramsey home indicated that the girl was murdered by a home intruder.
On Dec. 26, JonBenet was discovered dead in the basement of her family home in Boulder, Colorado. The child had a skull fracture and a garroted neck. A ransom note was found on her body. Investigators never convicted anyone for the 6-year-old's murder.
Following two decades of national media speculation, JonBenet's murder has cycled through several suspects.
John Mark Karr, who was charged for owning child pornography, told authorities that he was a witness to the girl's death but forensic evidence debunked his claim, according to Business Insider.
Some had accused the late Patsy Ramsey, the victim's mother, of accidentally committing the killing while disciplining her and that she staged the kidnapping-gone-wrong to avoid suspicion. Her husband, John Bennett Ramsey, also drew suspicion because he had moved his daughter's body after finding her in the basement.
Both Patsy and John have denied any wrongdoing in their daughter's death. In 2008, DNA evidence indicated that the parents were not involved in the murder.
In September 2016, CBS aired a documentary series that implied JonBenet may have been murdered by her brother, Burke Ramsey, who was 9 years old at the time.
In October 2017, John filed a $750 million lawsuit against CBS for the documentary, alleging that the network had knowingly smeared his son, the New York Post reports.
"The accusation that Burke Ramsey killed his sister was based on a compilation of lies, half-truths, manufactured information, and the intentional omission and avoidance of truthful information about the murder of JonBenet Ramsey," John's lawsuit asserted.
In September 2016, retired detective Lou Smit asserted during a Netflix documentary series that there was evidence that an intruder had breached the Ramsey home and murdered JonBenet, according to In Touch Weekly.
Investigators had been skeptical of a break-in at the time because the Ramsey house showed no signs of forced entry. Smit's theory postulated that an intruder could have entered through two windows that were left open for cords to power Christmas lights and another window that had been previously broken.
Smit asserted that there were signs that someone had entered the home through the broken window, presenting evidence that the grate covering the window-well had been moved. He also presented evidence of an unidentified footprint on a suitcase under the window, indicating that a person had stepped on it while entering.
In December 2017, the Boulder Police Department said that the JonBenet case was still open and that they were coordinating with other departments on the case.
"We are continuing to work with the [Colorado Bureau of Investigation] on evidence testing and we continue to maintain our position of not discussing evidence, or the outcome of testing or processing of evidence, in this case," department spokesperson Laurie Ogden told the Daily Camera.