The older brother of JonBenet Ramsey strangely smiled as he recalled the moment the family realized she was missing from their Colorado home 20 years ago.
JonBenet was reported missing on Dec. 26, 1996, and her body was later found in the basement of her family’s home.
“The first thing I remember is my mom bursting in my room, really frantic, saying, ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!’ running around my room — now I know looking for JonBenét,” Burke Ramsey told Dr. Phil McGraw in a clip airing on the “Today” show on Friday. “The next thing I remember is a police officer coming into my room and shining a flashlight.”
Burke Ramsey smiles during interview with Dr. Phil McGraw.
Burke Ramsey, now 29, also told McGraw, “I remember her saying where’s my baby, where’s my baby.”
Even though JonBenet’s parents have long been suspected and were even indicted, no arrests have been made in the case. Boulder police said recently that the case remains open.
Investigators have collected 1,500 pieces of evidence, including the analysis of 200 DNA samples, traveled to 18 states to interview about 1,000 people and have received, reviewed or investigated more than 20,000 tips, letters or emails.
JonBenet Ramsey was found dead 20 years ago, and her case remains unsolved.
Burke Ramsey smiled throughout his exchange with Dr. Phil as he told the TV personality he misses his sister “very much.” He appeared to be “socially awkward,” according to the TV personality.
“People are going to be very interested in his demeanor, and they’re going to find his demeanor atypical,” Dr. Phil told the “Today” show. “He might be talking about some pretty dark aspects of this story and smiling while he’s talking about that.
“He’s aware that his parents are suspects,” McGraw said. “He’s aware that he is a suspect, and this has had an effect on him over the last 20 years.”
In another clip posted Friday by the “Dr. Phil” show, Ramsey described how the media “basically made our lives crazy.”
“It’s hard to miss the cameras and news trucks in your front yard, and we’d go to the supermarket sometimes and there’d be a tabloid with my picture [OR] JonBenet’s picture plastered on the front or they would follow us around,” Burke Ramsey said. “Seeing that as a little kid is just kind of a chaotic nightmare, so I was pretty skeptical of any sort of media, like, it just made me a very private person.”
More of the interview with Burke Ramsey airs on “Dr. Phil” on Monday.
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