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Slain girl's parents answer police questions in writing

JonBenet Ramsey January 7, 1997
Web posted at: 8:35 p.m. EST

BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) -- The parents of slain 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey Tuesday turned in their written responses to a list of questions from police investigating the killing.

The responses from John and Patsy Ramsey were their first formal communication with police since Mr. Ramsey discovered his daughter's body in a basement room 12 days ago. Police are still trying to set up a formal interview with the couple.

"John and Patsy Ramsey have cooperated extensively with police and other law enforcement authorities from the very beginning of their investigation, and this cooperation will continue," Pat Korten, a spokesman for the couple, said in a written statement.

Officials said the written questions from investigators were of a "housekeeping" nature, involving issues such as who may have had keys to the family's house.

Earlier, at a news briefing Tuesday, a Boulder city spokeswoman said police will continue to press for an interview. She also disclosed that a judge sealed the original search warrant of the family's Boulder home at the request of police. An official said the warrant contains information known only by the perpetrator or perpetrators of the crime.

Reporters questioned spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm about the reticence of John Ramsey, chief executive of a billion-dollar computer services company, and his wife Patricia in the investigation of their daughter's killing.


"Police are working on setting a formal interview with the Ramseys and will continue to try to do that," Aaholm said. "We're working through their attorneys."

No legal obligation

The two are under no legal obligation to submit to an interview, regardless of whether they are considered suspects.

"We have never contended that anyone is or is not a suspect," Aaholm said. "We have not ruled anybody out or anybody in."

The Ramseys have separate attorneys and a media consultant advising them on how to deal with the press. Their only public statements about the case came in a interview on New Year's Day with CNN.

Aaholm said that while the case started with the report of a kidnapping, "Police have not ruled out the kidnapping aspect of this, but they are focusing on this as a homicide investigation."

Aaholm was pressed on why authorities have sought to reassure Boulder's 96,000 residents that they have no reason to fear a killer is on the loose when they have not identified any suspect in the case.

"Police are confident that they are conducting the most appropriate investigation possible," she said. "They want a positive outcome."

Aaholm said Police Chief Tom Koby planned to make his first public statement on the case later this week.

Christmas tragedy

John Ramsey, president and chief executive officer of Access Graphics, found his daughter's body in a basement room of the family's home in Boulder the day after Christmas. The discovery came six hours after her mother reported she was missing and that a ransom note had been left.

Nearly one-third of the police force is involved in the investigation of Boulder's only homicide of 1996.

The victim had competed in numerous children's beauty pageants and was crowned "Little Miss Colorado" of 1995. Her mother was "Miss West Virginia" in 1977.


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