JonBenet Ramsey: Investigator still hopes for resolution

JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty queen, was found dead in 1996 but no one was convicted. James Kolar, the former district attorney who led the investigation, still hopes the case will be solved.

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JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect John Mark Karr (c.) walks out of the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility with his attorneys in Santa Rosa, Calif., in this 2006 file photo. Karr confessed to being with Ramsey at the time of her death, but no DNA evidence matched him to the case. The former investigator, James Kolar, still hopes the case will be solved.

A former district attorney lead investigator on the JonBenet Ramsey murder case says he's still hoping the case will be solved.

James Kolar has written a book saying evidence raises questions an intruder was responsible.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Kolar doesn't say who he thinks killed JonBenet. The 6-year-old beauty queen was found dead in 1996.

Police initially suspected family members, but a grand jury investigating the case was dismissed without indictments in 1999, citing a lack of evidence. Other investigators have said an unidentified intruder may have hidden in the house before the murder was committed.

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