Police arrived at the crime scene that morning the morning after Christmas day to find no footsteps in the snow or signs of a possible intruder. Linda Ardndt, the first police officer to arrive at the scene that morning, looked around the house to no avail. Eventually, she sent John Ramsey and his neighbor Fleet White to search the house for anything unusual. Ramsey made a beeline straight for the basement cellar where he immediately found his deceased child. Though he'd been told to leave everything where he'd found it, he picked her up, carried the body upstairs, removed a piece tape from the child’s mouth and placed her down. He even covered her up with a throw blanket, further destroying vital physical evidence.
That's when Arndt started to feel that perhaps Ramsey knew too much. Arndt has made no secret of her suspicions towards the family; while Ramsey's unseen discovery of the body was suggested to have been the fault a botched police investigation, some believe it's strange that intuition alone would lead a person to an admittedly unused part of the home. Arndt told ABC News in 1999 that she'd found other actions of their suspicious, too, like how John and Patsy let the 10 a.m. deadline in the $180,000 ransom note slip by without a word. Arndt described kneeling beside JonBenét's body, "inches away" from John Ramsey, so convinced the murderer was in the house with her that she claimed to have quietly counted the bullets in her holster, just in case she had to use one.
Arndt wasn't the only one who found Ramsey's behavior that morning strangely suspect. A detective on the scene claimed to have overheard John Ramsey making arrangements to fly the family to Atlanta just hours after the murder. (John later admitted to this, saying that they'd been asked to leave the house and just wanted to go home to Atlanta, where they'd lived for over 25 years.) Innuendo of sexual abuse began to circulate, though no evidence was ever found to prove these allegations. "There is no history," Ramsey said in a statement. "A person doesn't go throughout their lives as a normal human being, one night turn into a monster, slaughter their daughter, go to bed and get up and act normal from there on. That doesn't happen."
He, too, was exonerated with his late wife Patsy in 2008, once touch DNA testing cleared all three members of the immediate Ramsey family.