Unsolved case of JonBenet Ramsey continues to raise suspicions 20 years later

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JonBenet Ramsey: Calls for new probe in 20-year-old murder

JonBenet Ramsey became a household name when the strangled body of the 6-year-old beauty queen was found inside her Colorado home the day after Christmas nearly 20 years ago.

Her 1996 case was never solved and today, it remains a topic of conversation for conspirators, who think the police should take a second look at the facts.

"This is the most heinous crime that has occurred in the Boulder area for the 30 plus years that I've lived around here," Daily Camera reporter Charlie Brennan told TODAY for its "Where Are They Now?" series.

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Unsolved case of JonBenet Ramsey continues to raise suspicions 20 years later
UNDATED PUBLICITY PHOTO - Actress Julia Granstrom portrays the late young JonBenet Ramsey in the television movie " The JonBenet Ramsey Story". The movie will be telecast in the United States February 16 on the FOX network. FSP/SV
Aug. 17, 2006 - JONBENET RAMSEY.SUPPLIED BY JONBENETRAMSEYRETRO(Credit Image: © Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)
289830 05: The site where 6 year old Jonbenet Ramsey was killed in Boulder, Colorado, 1996. (Photo by Karl Gehring/Liaison)
318902 01: People light candles at the murder site of 6 year old Jonbenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, December 1997. (Photo by Karl Gehring/Liaison)
BOULDER, CO - MAY 01: John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey, meet with a small selected group of the local Colorado media after four months of silence in Boulder, Colorado on May 1, 1997. Their 6-year-old daughter was found dead on Christmas night 1996. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
BOULDER, CO - MAY 01: John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey, meet with a small selected group of the local Colorado media after four months of silence in Boulder, Colorado on May 1, 1997. Patsy holds up a reward sign for information leading to the arrest of their daughter's murderer. Their 6-year-old daughter was found dead on Christmas night 1996. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
BOULDER, CO - MAY 01: John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey, meet with a small selected group of the local Colorado media after four months of silence in Boulder, Colorado on May 1, 1997. Their 6-year-old daughter was found dead on Christmas night 1996. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
8/27/1998 Colorado Jonbenet Ramsey House In Boulder. (Photo By Karl Gehring/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - MAY 01: John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey, meet with a small selected group of the local Colorado media after four months of silence in Boulder, Colorado on May 1, 1997. Their 6-year-old daughter was found dead on Christmas night 1996. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
Murdered 6-yr-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey's image amblazoned on dozens of binders crammed w. investigators's reports for case which still unsolved after 6 months, in Sheriff's office (Photo by Ray Ng/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - AUGUST 16: Lib Waters places a note on the grave of JonBenet Ramsey August 16, 2006 in Marietta, Georgia. A suspect in the murder of Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty queen whose parents were under suspicion early on, has been arrested in Thailand. The note Waters left reads: 'Dearest Patsy, Justice has come for you + John. Rest in Peace. Your friend, Lib Waters.' (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)
Bangkok, THAILAND: US teacher John Mark Karr (C), 41, flanked by Thai police, walks towards a van on his way to the airport from a detention center at the Thai Immigration Department in Bangkok, 20 August 2006. Thai authorities deported the US teacher arrested here over the 1996 killing of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, amid serious doubts about his involvement in the brutal crime. Karr was arrested 16 August 2006 in connection with the slaying of six-year-old JonBenet, who was found strangled and beaten to death in the basement of her family's Colorado home on the day after Christmas 1996. AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 22: John Mark Karr, the suspect in the killing of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, appears at an extradition hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court August 22, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Karr agreed to be extradited to Colorado to face charges of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the JonBenet Ramsey case. (Photo by Mario Anzuoni-Pool/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 28: Karen Salaz, spokesperson for the Colorado state court system, approaches the news media with copies of a release announcing that charges against John Mark Karr in connection with JonBenet Ramsey murder case were dropped August 28, 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. A DNA sample taken from Karr after he arrived in the U.S from Thailand where he was arrested last week did not match a sample taken at the murder scene. Ramsey is the six-year-old beauty queen found murdered in the basement of her Boulder, Colorado home the day after Christmas in 1996. Karr could still face unrelated child pornography charges in California. (Photo by Thomas Cooper/Getty Images)
Dec 26, 1997 - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JonBenet Ramsey grave on one year anniversary of her death. Former Little Miss Colorado JonBenet Patricia Ramsey (8/6/90-1996-12-25), was found strangled in the basement of her family's home in Boulder, Colorado, Thursday, Dec. 26, 1996. 
Marietta, GA -- JonBenet Ramsey would've turned twenty years old this week. The child beauty pageant star was mysteriously killed on Christmas, 1996 in Boulder, Colorado. She was six years old. Dozens of theories abound, but no one has ever been charged with her murder.
Aug 20, 2006; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Members of the news media gather at the arrival area of Los Angeles International Airport to interview passengers arriving from the same flight with John Mark Karr, the suspect in the killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. 
John Mark Karr (C) is taken into a court room with his attorney Rob Amparan before his bail hearing in Santa Rosa, California, September 19, 2006. Karr, the schoolteacher who made worldwide headlines by confessing to one of America's most notorious unsolved crimes, the murder of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, is now facing charges of five counts of possessing child pornography. REUTERS/John Burgess/Pool (UNITED STATES)
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Police initially investigated JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy, along with the girl's 9-year-old brother but DNA testing exonerated each of them years later.

Brennan, who continues to cover the case for his paper, sued the Boulder district attorney's office in 2013 for records showing that a grand jury had voted to indict JonBenet's parents on a charge of felony child abuse resulting in death.

Ollie Gray, a private investigator initially hired by the Ramseys, says he continues to work the case to this day without pay.

"You have to look for something in order to find something, and unfortunately for this particular case, you had a totally inexperienced police agency," he told TODAY. "There are probably three or four people that should have been investigated earlier and still need to be investigated."

Police hit a dead end in 2006 when accused sex offender John Mark Kerr gave a false confession, saying he raped and drugged JonBenet before accidentally killed her.

Another person related to the case was Michael Helgoth, said Gray, who believes tape-recorded a confession that now remains in the care of his close friends and family. But Helgoth committed suicide months after JonBenet's death.

"I don't think Mike did all this by himself. I think there was more than one or two people involved," he said.

Brennan called Gray's theory "very controversial."

"When the indictments of John and Patsy Ramsey were revealed, it was shown that they had both been indicted as accessories to first degree murder," he said. "However, neither of them had been indicted so the question becomes who? And the only other person in the house that night that we know of was Burke Ramsey."

JonBenet's brother is now 29 and reported to be working in the technology field.

The Boulder Police Department declined to be interviewed but issued a statement to NBC News saying that two detectives are assigned to the case and that they "receive information on a regular basis that is evaluated."

The city's district attorney also declined to be interviewed.

Patsy Ramsey passed away in 2006. Last year, John Ramsey spoke to Barbara Walters for her Discovery Channel special, "American Scandals," saying

"At this point, it's never totally in the past, you never get over the loss of a child, you move on," he said.

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