BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado prosecutor now confirms a
suspect is under arrest in the killing of JonBenet Ramsey.
Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacey says the suspect is
being held in Thailand, and that the arrest is the culmination of
several months of work. But Lacey won't give any details about the
suspect until a news conference scheduled for tomorrow.
Federal officials familiar with the case say the man is in
custody in Bangkok on unrelated sex charges, and that Colorado law
enforcement officials are flying there. A family attorney says the
41-year-old suspect is a school teacher
The mystery began the day after Christmas, ten years ago
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - It was early on December 26th, 1996, when
Patsy Ramsey called police in Boulder, Colorado, to say she'd found
a ransom note on the back stairs of their home. Hours later, her husband, John Ramsey, found six-year-old JonBenet's body in the basement. She'd been beaten and strangled.
The death of the girl captured the attention of the nation. It was partly out of fascination with the world of child beauty contestants, a world revealed through video of the young girl competing, elaborately dressed and made-up like a grown woman.
From early-on, police in Boulder said the girl's parents were under an "umbrella of suspicion." But the Ramseys insisted that an intruder killed their daughter.
A grand jury investigation ended with no indictments.
Three years ago, a federal judge in Atlanta concluded that the evidence suggested an intruder did, in fact, kill the young girl. The opinion came with the judge's decision to dismiss a libel and slander suit against the Ramseys by a free-lance journalist.
Patsy Ramsey never lived to see the mystery solved. She died in
June of this year after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
John Ramsey ran unsuccessfully for Congress from Michigan two
JonBenet also had a brother, Burke, who is now 19.