Febuary 28th, 2017  

OnJanuary 15 of 1997, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation finished its first testing of DNA in the Ramsey case. This was the first test of DNA by law enforcement on this case and from the beginning, it’s important to understand the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said the DNA was “mixed”.  That means that more than one source was found in the DNA sample. The written report/analysis submitted to the Boulder Police Department included “The DNA profiles developed from [bloodstains from panties as well as from right- and left-hand fingernails from JonBenét] revealed a mixture from which the major component matched JonBenét. If the minor components contributed from [bloodstains from panties as well as from right- and left-handed fingernails from JonBenét] were contributed by a single individual, then John Andrew Ramsey, Melinda Ramsey, John B. Ramsey, Patricia Ramsey, Burke Ramsey, Jeff Ramsey [the author has omitted other names listed in the report for their privacy] would be excluded as a source of the DNA analyzed on those exhibits.”

It is believed Cellmark Labs confirmed similar findings in May of 1997. It is believed Greg LaBerge, Director of the Denver Police Lab, confirmed similar findings in 2003 and included those in what was submitted and accepted in the FBI DNA database CODIS at that time. CODIS has strict minimums of DNA evidentiary values before a sample can be admitted to its computer database for use in comparison with DNA throughout the world.     

In March of 2008, at the request of then-Boulder District Attorney Mary Lacy, BodeLabs/Technology tested previously untested long johns and a nightgown of JonBenét’s and wrote their conclusions and analyses. The method used for DNA testing was called Touch DNA, different from earlier technology in the JonBenét Ramsey case.

In the test Numbered One in its analysis on the waistband of the long johns, the DNA was found to match what was found and tested by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in their 1997 testing.  This was concluded in a written analysis in June of 2008.  June of 2008 was when then-DA Mary Lacy asked that Bode Labs compare the 1997 testing and the new 2008 Touch DNA testing.

In late 2017, local Denver television station, 9 News, and Boulder’s newspaper, the Daily Camera, published they had obtained that 2008 DNA Bode testing and had three of their own experts analyzed existing documents.  Their results did not agree with what was then currently accepted data.  That’s why I’ve included the Bode tests for you to make a more informed decision. 

The Bode Report excludes all the Ramseys in one test on their Touch DNA analysis.  They cannot make a determination on Patsy and Burke in the remaining three tests on the long johns. The last two tests were called “not suitable” or “unsuitable” for testing by Bode Labs.

Currently, the 1. Colorado Bureau of Investigation DNA analysis, 2. the Cellmark DNA analysis, 3. the Greg LaBerge analysis, 4. the FBI CODIS acceptance of those similar DNA analyses and 5. one Bode Touch DNA analysis test result are similar to each other and exclude Patsy, John, Burke, John Andrew and Melinda Ramsey.

This information does not include the new questioning of the accuracy of the DNA.  The current Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett plans to retest the JonBenét DNA in 2017 when new DNA technology is available for his use. He says it’s part of the routine review on cold cases.  That might reveal new information on the JonBenét DNA for all of us to be able to absorb.

This is the best information I can give you to date. I will continue to research. Reading the Bode written analyses will help you arrive at your own conclusions.

- Paula Woodward

Paula Woodward