The father of the late child pageant star JonBenet Ramsey launched a virtual petition demanding that Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) permit an outside agency to conduct DNA testing regarding the unsolved 1996 murder of his daughter.
John Ramsey does not want the testing conducted through the Boulder Police Department, according to the petition.
“It’s a petition to hopefully get the state of Colorado to intervene and have the items from the crime scene that should be tested for DNA that haven’t been tested,” Ramsey said, according to a report.
“It’s going to take a lot of help to get that moving,” he said. “Governments are very reactive … and we’re talking about politicians. We want them to do the right thing, and if they know there’s enough people behind it asking them to do the right thing, they’ll get behind it.”
Polis and his team will address the father’s request, according to a spokesperson for the governor.
“The State will review the petition and look into how the state can assist in using new technology to further investigate this cold case and to identify JonBenet Ramsey’s killer,” a statement from the spokesperson reads.
JonBenet Ramsey was only 6 years old when she was murdered. Her body was found in her family’s basement Dec. 26, 1996. She had died from asphyxiation and suffered a skull fracture in addition to being sexually assaulted.
The young girl was found with duct tape on her mouth, and her wrists and neck were bound with cordage. Her family noticed she was missing the morning of Dec. 26 and found a ransom note on the stairs demanding $118,000.
Despite a demand not to contact police, the young girl’s parents did so anyway, and many have criticized the investigation that ensued.
Eventually, the girl’s corpse was uncovered in the family’s basement.
The crime has yet to be solved, and many who have followed the case have suspected JonBenet Ramsey’s parents and brother of being involved in the murder.