Backlog of DNA Samples May Hamper Jonbenet Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Unless he has another brush with the law someday and a DNA sample is taken from him, Jonbenet Ramsey's killer might never be caught.

Even worse, his DNA might still be waiting to be processed by a laboratory and entered into the National DNA Databank.

Investigators in the Jonbenet case said this week that tests on a few invisible skin cells have convinced them they have the DNA profile of the man who killed the 6-year-old in Boulder in 1996. but so far they haven't found a match.

An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 DNA samples from convicted offenders nationwide were waiting to be added to the federal government's database in 2003, the most recent numbers available, according to a study funded by the U.S. Justice Department.

L. Lin Wood, an attorney for Jonbenet's father, says he is confident someone will be arrested someday.

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