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Report: Ransom demand was equal to Ramsey's bonus


January 21, 1997
Web posted at: 11:50 a.m. EST

BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) -- Sources have told CNN that the $118,000 ransom demanded for the return of JonBenet Ramsey matches a bonus check recently received by her father, John Ramsey, from his company.

The written note was found on December 26, just hours before 6-year-old JonBenet's body was discovered in the basement of the Ramsey home. The former Little Miss Colorado had been strangled.

There was no official confirmation about the monetary match on the ransom note, nor any indication of the significance of the match if it is true.

Ramsey is the president and chief executive officer of Access Graphics, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.

Boulder authorities have said little about their investigation of the case that sparked nationwide interest. Police have said the list of suspects in the crime is narrowing, but they have given no indication of who may or may not be on that list.

The Ramseys, who hired a team of attorneys, investigators and a publicist, are in seclusion in the Boulder area, but John Ramsey is expected to return to work soon.

The police said earlier this month that the ransom note was written on a pad of paper found in the million-dollar Ramsey home, and that a partial practice note, written on the same pad of paper, was found there.

Correspondent Brian Cabell contributed to this report.

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