August 16, 2006

Police make arrest in JonBenet Ramsey murder

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An arrest has been made in Thailand
in the 10-year-old murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a child beauty
queen whose grisly death triggered a U.S. media frenzy, a U.S.
law enforcement official said on Wednesday.

The official, in Washington, said the U.S. government
"facilitated a request" for the arrest of the unidentified
suspect who was detained in Bangkok. The suspect faces charges
in the western state of Colorado, where the girl had lived.

KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado, said the suspect confessed to
elements of the crime that were unknown to the general public.

Representatives of the Boulder, Colorado, Police Department
and Boulder District Attorney's Office declined to comment.

JonBenet, 6, was found beaten and strangled in the family's
Boulder home on December 26, 1996, in a case that remains
unsolved. Her parents came under the Boulder police "umbrella
of suspicion" but a grand jury issued no indictments.

The killing drew intense media coverage focusing on
JonBenet's success in youth beauty pageants, the family's
affluence and mysterious elements of the case, including a note
that first led police to believe the girl had been kidnapped.

Patsy Ramsey, the girl's mother, died in June of cancer.