JonBenet Ramsey Gary Oliva

Gary Oliva and JonBenet Ramsey

(Meredith) -- Despite a reported confession in the killing of JonBenet Ramsey that is gathering online attention, authorities said there are no new updates in the investigation of the child pageant star's death.

On Thursday, Daily Mail published a story that said prison inmate and convicted pedophile Gary Oliva, 54, confessed to accidentally killing 6-year-old JonBenet in 1996.

However, former Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett told KDVR that everything in Daily Mail's report was already known to authorities, and that the article did not report anything new.

Following Daily Mail's report, the Boulder Police Department also released a statement that said Oliva has confessed to JonBenet's killing several times in the past. Police have been aware of Oliva's confessions and have investigated his potential involvement in the case.

The full statement read:

The Boulder Police Department is aware of Gary Oliva and has investigated his potential involvement in this case, including several previous confessions.

The department routinely receives information on this investigation. Information provided to the police department is reviewed along with the many tips and theories we receive.

There are no new updates in this investigation and the department will not comment further.

Oliva was an early suspect in JonBenet's death. According to The Denver Channel, the convicted sex offender may have been close to the Ramsey home on the night of the murder. When he was arrested on other charges back in 2000, police found a photo of JonBenet in his possession, and he admitted to having an obsession with her.

Oliva is currently in prison for a 2016 child porn case, in which court documents show he downloaded 22 separate sexually explicit images of children less than 10 years old. The documents show that Oliva admitted to having a "problem" with young girls and said he was sexually attracted to girls around the ages of 8 and 9 years old.

JonBenet was found murdered in her Boulder, Colorado, home on Dec. 26, 1996. No one has ever been charged in the case and the investigation is still open.

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