Internet in tears as JonBenet Ramsey's dad gets slain beauty queen's LAST drawing

Internet in tears as JonBenet Ramsey's dad gets slain beauty queen's LAST drawing
John Ramsey immediately hung the painting up on the wall of one of his guest bedrooms (YouTube/Access Hollywood, 60 Minutes Australia and The Sun)

BOULDER, COLORADO: Child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered just a day after Christmas in 1996 in her Boulder, Colorado, home and despite various efforts, police authorities have still not been able to identify the killer. The case remains one of the famous or rather infamous unsolved crimes not only in the US but in the entire world. For more than the last two decades, JonBenet's father, John Ramsey, 79, spoke about various incidents related to the case and the problems he had to face after his daughter's death. 

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Now it seems, the heartbroken father has got at least something that can put a smile on his face in the last and lonely years of his life. The final picture that his daughter drew before she was tragically murdered has been returned to him. The color sketch is a coloring sheet the six-year-old decorated at the Ramsey family's favorite restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, in December 1996, just days before her death.

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Much to John's delight, the picture is now proudly hanging in one of his bedrooms. The drawing arrived at his home weeks ago after his old friend and former business partner, Jay Elowski, told him he had a surprise for him. John said that he was deeply moved when he noticed his daughter's signature on the top-left-hand corner, scrawled out in brown crayon on opening the package. 

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The residence at 749 15th Street, where JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in December, 1996, is seen August 17, 2006 in Boulder, Colorado. At a news conference earlier in the day, Boulder District Attorney Mary Lacy confirmed that John Mark Karr has been taken into custody in Bangkok, Thailand, and will be extradited to the U.S. for questioning in the case. A single red rose was placed near the entrance to the home in foreground.
The residence at 749 15th Street, where JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in December, 1996, is seen August 17, 2006 in Boulder, Colorado (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Before the child beauty queen's murder, the Ramsey family often visited Pasta Jay's restaurant in Boulder. John believes his daughter did the coloring when they stopped by the long-standing eatery. The drawing had been hanging on the wall of the restaurant among other similar child drawings and doodles, before it was moved into storage. However, the lonely father did not waste a single second and immediately hung it up on the wall of one of his guest bedrooms upon receiving it. JonBenet's lace-shrouded bible, a pair of bowed dance shoes, and various images of the young girl and her siblings are displayed on a shelf nearby.

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The grave of JonBenet Ramsey is shown August 16, 2006 in Marietta, Georgia. A suspect in the murder of Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty queen whose parents were under suspicion early on, was arrested today in Thailand.
The grave of JonBenet Ramsey is shown August 16, 2006 in Marietta, Georgia (Barry Williams/Getty Images)

John said that he remembers his daughter everyday when he wakes up in the morning. "[Time] has pretty much stood still," John said of the 26 years that have passed since his daughter's death, according to The Sun. He added, "When I wake up in the morning and my mind's clear, that's the first place my mind goes, to JonBenét's murder. And so I have to get up and get moving, to get on with filling my mind with other more current thoughts." The father also added that he can no longer feel happiness since his daughter's passing. "First of all, you feel guilty for feeling that way. Like you shouldn't feel that way. So you don't let that emotion temper down," he said.

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John added, "It doesn’t rule or ruin my day anymore, but I saw a little girl who was about JonBenét's age holding her dad’s hand walking down the street the other day, and that put a lump in my throat. So you get little reminders like that, of what you've lost. I met a mother who lost a child, and she told me, 'You know, I feel like I have a hole in my heart and it won't heal. And it doesn't, you don't get over it. You move on, but you're a different person. You've been hurt and that's as hurt as you could be by the world."

Social media users also reacted to the heartwarming news. One Facebook user commented, "Miracles of miracles a picture is returned, too bad they can’t bring the daughter back." Another wrote, "I’m sure she’s in hollywierd now as some other kid." One Reddit user said these stories "help in keeping the pressure on Boulder to finally solve this case or give it up to more competent professionals". 

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