JonBenet Ramsey
JonBenet Ramsey

Stop the presses: The murder of 6-year-old Boulder beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has been solved.

At least it appeared that way Thursday on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's freshly launched cold-case database,, a Web site that lists 1,714 unsolved homicides and missing-persons cases in the state from the past 40 years.

Typing "Ramsey" into the search box on the new site yielded one result: Catherine Ramsey, a 39-year-old Aurora woman who was killed 16 years ago.

Nothing about JonBenet Ramsey -- whose Christmas 1996 strangulation death in the basement of her Boulder home prompted worldwide headlines and endless investigations -- appeared anywhere on the site.

"I'm thinking it may be something of a technological error," CBI Director Ronald C. Sloan said Thursday. "I don't think that would be an oversight. The Ramsey case should be one of the cases there."

He said he would check with the bureau's cold-case analyst to make sure Colorado's most notorious unsolved murder is part of the record.

CBI announced the launch of the database, which was three years in the making, with a news release Thursday stating that "all Colorado cold cases" would be listed.

"Maybe somebody solved it and didn't tell me," joked Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, who inherited the case when he took office in January 2009.


He said he would contact the CBI as soon as possible to make sure JonBenet's unsolved murder is part of the online database.

"Ramsey, in many respects, is the ultimate cold case, and anything we can do to move it along would be very satisfying," said Garnett, who noted that he still receives several tips a week about the case.

Sloan said the CBI contacted every law enforcement agency in the state to assemble the list of unsolved homicides and missing-persons cases that have occurred since 1970. A case must be older than three years to make the database. The bureau hopes members of the public will visit the site and share any information they have that might help shed light on Colorado's mysterious deaths.

Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said he didn't know for certain if his department sent the Ramsey case to the CBI as part of its cold-case list. He said because investigators have "never stopped working it," it may not technically qualify as cold.

But Sloan said there's "no chance" the Boulder Police Department didn't include the JonBenet murder file in its submission.

"There's no way that wasn't submitted," he said. "I would be stunned that a case with as much notoriety as the Ramsey case wasn't submitted."

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