She would be 26 years old now. Maybe she would be a mom, maybe a student struggling with post-secondary education, maybe working at a job she loved, or maybe still a pageant queen. Or maybe she would be her own individual combination of all of the above. Nobody knows what JonBenét Ramsey would be like at 26 years old, because she died when she was just a 6-year-old little girl. It's been 20 years since investigators were first alerted by the 911 call in JonBenét Ramsey's murder case, and still so many questions have been left unanswered. Now a group of experts plan to reopen her case in a six-hour docu-series The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey, and hopefully the loved ones she left behind will find some closure in this bizarre, unsolved murder.
JonBenét's mother, Patsy, called 911 the night of Dec. 26, 2006, when she discovered her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been left behind. Patsy Ramsey told the operator, according to People:
We have a kidnapping … hurry, please … There’s a note left and our daughter’s gone.
Her frantic 911 call to Boulder, Colorado, emergency services is the trailer subject for the CBS docu-series, which premieres on Sept. 18. The series will follow the original investigators as well as new experts who will look at the unsolved murder of the young beauty pageant queen.
There has been extensive attention to detail for the series, right down to recreating the Ramsey's Colorado home from that time (experts were even careful to put toys exactly where they lay on the night in question twenty years ago) in a massive effort to finally solve the case. One new element many people who have followed the case will be happy to see change; the operator who took the 911 call 20 years ago has never been questioned by investigators.
The operator, Kimberley Archuleta, told People: “Twenty years, nobody asked me…I think it would have really turned the case around.” Romper has reached out to the Boulder Police department for comment on Archuleta's statements, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
The case of JonBenét, who was found in her own basement beaten and strangled to death just seven hours after her mother called 911, completely confounded investigators. Her parents were considered suspects until they were eventually exonerated in 2008 by DNA evidence, as was her then-9-year-old brother Burke. Romper reached out to the Ramsey family's representation, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
Experts involved in the new docu-series plan to take full advantage of technological advances to look at key pieces of evidence from the case. Dr. Henry Lee, a world-renowned forensic scientist who will be working on the case, said, “Each piece of evidence, we’re going to extract and then we’re going to analyze it."
Statement analyst Stan Burke is feeling confident that this new investigation will finally get justice for JonBenét. “We’re this close, it’s just a matter of getting a group of people together like ourselves to put it all together and put it to rest."