BOULDER, Colo. – A man suspected in the slaying of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey nearly a decade ago was arrested Wednesday in Thailand, the district attorney said.
District Attorney Mary Lacey said the arrest followed several months of work. She disclosed no details about the suspect before a news conference scheduled for Thursday.
Federal officials familiar with the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the man was already being held in Bangkok on unrelated sex charges. CBS reported that the suspect, a 41-year-old second-grade teacher, will be brought back to the United States this weekend.
Ramsey family attorney Lin Wood said in Atlanta that he has been told that the suspect once lived in Conyers, Ga., outside of Atlanta. He would not comment on whether the Ramseys knew him, and he said he knew nothing else about the man.
JonBenet’s parents had been under suspicion for possible involvement in JonBenet’s murder. Will be interesting to see what evidence they have on the suspect they arrested today. Too bad Mrs. Ramsey isn’t around to see it.
Update: Kim Priestap at Wizbang notes in an update what she heard on Fox News about the suspect:
From Carol McKinley at Fox, the suspect’s name is John Karr. He’s in his forties, a schoolteacher, and may have lived in Conyers, Georgia. He has been in Thailand for about 2 years or so and was sending very bizarre and disturbing emails about JonBonet to Patsy for a while before she died.