Left: JonBenet Ramsey in a 1995 recital
(Boulder, CO) A man suspected in the strangulation of 6-year-old child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey nearly a decade ago was arrested Wednesday in Thailand, acording to District Attorney Mary Lacy.
No official information has been provided about the identity of the suspect, but a law enforcement source told CNN that the suspect is 41-year-old John Mark Karr, a one-time 2nd-grade school teacher.
Federal officials, speaking with the Associated Press on conditions of anonymity, said the suspect was being detained in a Bangkok jail on unrelated sex charges.
Karr is being extradited to the US, and is believed to be en route to Boulder.
Left: Grave of JonBenet Ramsey in Saint James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia
JonBenet, 6, was found in the family's Boulder home on December 26, 1996. Her parents have been considered suspects by the Boulder police, but a grand jury issued no indictments against the couple.
The Ramseys steadfastly maintained their innocence, despite incessant media speculation. Mrs. Ramsey died of ovarian cancer in June of this year at age 49.
Addendum, 6:37 pm: KUSA is reporting that the suspect has confessed to certain aspects of the case that would be unknown to the general public.
District attorney Lacey has scheduled a press conference for 2:00 pm Thursday (4:00 pm EDT).
Addendum, 6:54 pm: Everyone's favorite celebrity coroner Henry Lee weighed in on the news of the arrest, and said he was not surprised of the break in the case.
"No, in my department, we have a cold case squad, and we have had arrests in cases 36 years later, 20 years later," he said. "We have arrests so many years later, nothing surprises me."
Addendum, 7:46 pm: Text of the press release from the Boulder County District Attorney's office is available at this link.