It has been more than 16 years since JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her home in Colorado. No one was ever indicted, and though the case is still open, prosecutors appear no closer to solving the mystery of her death than they were in 1996. All the clues in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case seemed to point directly to the 6-year-old beauty queens parents, John and Patsy Ramsey. They were never prosecuted, and were later cleared by prosecutors as suspects.
An article posted today at ABC.com says a grand jury voted in 1999 to indict both parents for the death of JonBenet Ramsey for "child abuse leading to her death." They insisted an intruder killed their child, and the grand jury "compromised" saying "No, it's not murder," but wanted to charge the parents for abuse.
The case did not move forward, however, because "District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to sign off on the grand jury's decision," since there was not enough proof to gain a conviction. Legal analyst Dan Abrams agrees with Hunter's decision saying:
"I've seen the majority of the case files and I think Alex Hunter made the right call. I think there simply was not enough evidence to move forward."
Sadly, the death of JonBenet Ramsey remains unsolved. Her mother passed away in 2006 after a battle with ovarian cancer, and her father, who has since remarried, calls Hunter "a hero who wisely avoided a miscarriage of justice," in his handling of the case. JonBenet would have turned 23-years-old this year.