Patricia Ann "Patsy" Ramsey (December 29, 1956 - June 24, 2006), was the mother of JonBenét Ramsey, a 6-year-old American beauty pageant contestant who was murdered on December 26, 1996.
Death of Patsy Ramsey
Patsy Ramsey had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1993 but the cancer was in remission at the time of her daughter's murder. In 2003, she suffered a relapse and died on June 24, 2006. She died less than two months before Boulder law enforcement officials announced their plans to arrest John Mark Karr, a former elementary school teacher who falsely confessed to the murder
On July 9, 2008, nearly 12 years after their daughter's murder, John and Patsy Ramsey were officially cleared in the death by the Boulder District Attorney's office based on new DNA evidence collected from JonBenet's clothing; this particular type of DNA analysis did not exist at the time of the killing. Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy said new DNA tests point to an "unexplained third party" as responsible for the murder.