Boulder police show little interest in report of pedophile’s alleged JonBenet Ramsey case confession

Paul Aiken, Daily Camera

Gary Oliva

A published report stating that a convicted pedophile had confessed to a high school friend that he killed JonBenet Ramsey elicited a dismissive response Thursday from Boulder police, who noted that he had done so before.

The Daily Mail reported that Gary Oliva had confessed in letters written to a former high school classmate, Ventura, Calif., resident Michael Vail, that he killed JonBenet but that it was an accident. Oliva is serving 10 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections at the Limon Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child in Boulder District Court.

Oliva’s name has been linked to the Ramsey case numerous times over the years, including as far back as an in-depth piece broadcast about the case by the CBS program “48 Hours Investigates” in October 2002.

More recently, the Daily Camera reported in June 2016 that Oliva, now 54, had been arrested after an investigation showed that in April of that year he had uploaded to a Google email address 20 or more images of graphic child pornography.

A Boulder police spokesperson at that time said “Over the history of this case, there have been a variety of people we have looked at for potential connections. Mr. Oliva is one of those people… But we’re currently not comfortable ruling anybody out as a suspect, or ruling anybody in as a suspect in the Ramsey case.”

A statement released by the Boulder department on Thursday in the wake of the new Daily Mail report took a similar tone.



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