A private investigator involved in the probe of the 1996 murder of of JonBenet Ramsey said that there remains a suspect who has yet to be fully investigated.
Ollie Gray, who had been one of the original investigators on the case, said on the Today show that a man who had committed suicide shortly after the murder may have been involved.
Gray says he’s still doing work on the case to this day, without pay.
“There are probably three or four people who should have been investigated earlier and still need to be investigated,” Gray said.
“The latest development in this particular case as far as I’m concerned is Michael Helgoth. He was basically a hellraiser.”
The murder of Ramsey, in December of 1996, remains unsolved to this day.
Helgoth worked at an auto salvage yard and died two days after a local attorney announced in January of 1997 that the list of suspects had been narrowed down.
For years, the main suspects were Ramsey’s parents, but that was ruled out by DNA evidence. A confession by John Mark Karr in 2006 likewise proved to be a false trail.
Gray says that he believes Helgoth had recorded a confession before his death.
“I don’t think Mike did all this by himself. I think there was more than one or two people involved,” Gray said.
The Boulder Police Department said that two investigators are still assigned to the case, and that they receive information on a regular basis.