http://edition.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/16/ramsey.arrest/ (CNN) -- A suspect has been arrested "for the December 26, 1996, murder of JonBenet Ramsey," the district attorney in Boulder, Colorado, said Wednesday.
A law enforcement source identified the suspect as 41-year-old John Mark Karr, a one-time school teacher. He was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, following "several months of a focused and complex investigation," District Attorney Mary Lacy said.
Two law enforcement sources told CNN that Carr also was under investigation for an unrelated sex crime.
Carr was arrested Wednesday morning and has confessed to certain elements of the crime that are unknown to the general public, CNN affiliate KUSA reported.
An investigator with the District Attorney's office is bringing Carr to Colorado from Thailand.
JonBenet's beaten and strangled body was found in the basement of the family home in Boulder, the day after Christmas in 1996. She was 6.
JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, were consulted during the investigation, Lacy said, and the Ramsey family had been notified of the arrest. Patsy Ramsey died in June of ovarian cancer at age 49.
"It is our hope that this arrest will bring some closure to the Ramsey family after a 10-year ordeal," said the family's attorney, Hal Haddon.
JonBenet's father, John Ramsey, released a statement after the arrest. He said that his wife knew an arrest was coming when she died.
"Had she lived to see this day, would no doubt have been as pleased as I am with today's development almost 10 years after our daughter's murder." (Read the full statement
Prosecutors in Boulder are expected to hold a news conference Thursday.
A grand jury investigation into the death of the child beauty pageant winner ended without charges in 1999.
The investigation focused a spotlight on the child's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey. Patsy Ramsey died in June of ovarian cancer. She was 49.
The Ramseys said an intruder committed the crime, but they remained the subject of su****ion and speculation.
In 2003 a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the Ramseys, blaming the police and the FBI for bungling the investigation. The Boulder County District Attorney's Office concurred with the judge's opinion the following month, saying there was little evidence against the couple
The Ramseys left Colorado and had a house in Charlevoix, Michigan, where John Ramsey unsuccessfully ran for office in 2004.