BOULDER — A confession posted on a Web site by an America Online user claiming to have witnessed JonBenet Ramsey’s slaying was a hoax by a teen-ager, officials said Wednesday.
Investigators went to the 14-year-old subscriber’s home in September and determined he or she had no connection with the case, Boulder Police spokeswoman Jennifer Bray said. Police would not reveal the sex of the subscriber.
Police probably wouldn’t seek charges because the statements were made in a chat room, and not to authorities.
In the posting, the user also claimed to be a reluctant participant in the murder.
The body of the message had statements that didn’t fit with the facts of the case, Bray said. No other information on the investigation was released.
Police reviewed the subscriber’s records, screen names, e-mail files, buddy lists and aliases after Dulles, Va.-based AOL turned over the information in early September.
According to a search warrant affidavit for the records, Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner received an e-mail Aug. 8 from an AOL user saying that a “confession” had been posted on a Web site devoted to the Ramsey case.
Detectives reviewing the site found an Aug. 7 message posted by “BnJazzy4ever45.” The e-mail said whoever killed the 6-year-old beauty queen was a handyman in the Ramsey home who had a key to the family’s home.
JonBenet was found beaten and strangled on Dec. 26, 1996, in her family’s home.