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article imageJonBenet Ramesy's Family Cleared by DNA

By Sheba     Jul 9, 2008 in Crime
The family of then 6-year old beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey have been cleared of suspicion of her murder through DNA tests done on sample found on her clothing...
Prosecutors apologized to the family saying they were "deeply sorry" for what they put the Ramseys through, enduring years of suspicion by the court of public opinion. The DA has said that new DNA tests indicate the crime was committed by an unknown outsider.
"To the extent that we may have contributed in any way to the public perception that you might have been involved in this crime, I am deeply sorry," Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy wrote in a letter to the little girl's father, John Ramsey. "No innocent person should have to endure such an extensive trial in the court of public opinion."
The DA said that new "touch DNA" tests on skin cells that were found on JonBenet's long underwear indicate an unknown "unexplained third party" was involved.
John Ramsey who now lives in Michigan said he has hopes that the killer will be found using this DNA.
Patsy Ramsey the mother of JonBenet unfortunately did not live to see this day. She died in June 2006 of ovarian cancer, at the age of 49, still under a cloud of suspicion.
Earlier on in the investigation male DNA was found on JonBenet's underwear that was determined to be not from her family. However, investigators were not able to say whose DNA it was and whether that person was the girl's killer.
Then, late last year, prosecutors turned over long underwear JonBenet was wearing to the Bode Technology Group near Washington, which looked for "touch DNA," or cells left behind where someone has touched something.
The laboratory found previously undiscovered genetic material on the sides of the girl's long underwear, where an attacker would have grasped the clothing to pull it down, authorities said. The DNA matched the genetic material found earlier.
Lacy said the presence of the same male DNA in three places on the girl's clothing convinced investigators it belonged to JonBenet's killer and had not been left accidentally by an innocent party.
"It is therefore the position of the Boulder District Attorney's Office that this profile belongs to the perpetrator of the homicide," she said in a statement. In her letter to the Ramseys, she said the DNA evidence "has vindicated your family."
Now the search for the real killer continues. Hopefully he will be found and brought to justice. Until then, at least the Ramsey family name has been cleared now once and for all.
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