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DNA test results complete in Ramsey case

JonBenet

But police won't yet release findings

BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) -- Genetic test results from crime scene evidence in the killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey have been returned to investigators, but police declined Thursday to release any results.

Investigators have cautioned reporters not to expect a "smoking gun" from the DNA tests, and said it might take weeks to analyze the results.

Also, police said they tried a second time without success to interview a woman who claimed to have had an affair with the victim's father, John Ramsey. No further attempts will be made, according to the news release from Boulder police.

"At this point, we would have to consider anything Ms. Ballard may say as suspect," Detective Cmdr. John Eller said.

Police said two detectives went to Tucson, Arizona, this week to interview the woman, Kim Ballard. She claims to have had an affair with John Ramsey that ended in 1995. But Ballard, who has told her story on network television, kept the detectives waiting four hours and then declined to be interviewed, police said.

Rameys

"The Ramseys are making no statements about Ms. Ballard," said Rachelle Zimmer, a spokeswoman for the couple.

No arrest imminent

Police Chief Tom Koby said this week that no arrest in the case is likely for months. Investigators have never officially named a suspect, although District Attorney Alex Hunter has said the victim's parents were the obvious "focus" of the investigation.

JonBenet was found strangled in the basement of her family home December 26, eight hours after her mother found a 2 1/2-page ransom note demanding $118,000 for her safe return.

Police have declared the note a hoax and have ruled out John Ramsey, who found his daughter's body, as the author. But investigators are waiting for a fifth handwriting sample from Patricia Ramsey as part of their effort to determine who wrote the note.

Sources have told CNN that once handwriting experts from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation finish analyzing the ransom note, it will be examined for fingerprints and any palm prints. That process has been delayed until the fifth handwriting sample can be compared to the note.

Crime-scene materials were sent to the Cellmark Diagnostics laboratory in Germantown, Maryland, March 4, but DNA testing did not get under way until the week of March 31, after attorneys for Patricia and John Ramsey declined an invitation to send a family representative to monitor the tests.

Thursday's news release said police are analyzing and evaluating more than 13,000 pages of transcripts and various test results. The department said it was scaling back the number of investigators devoted to the case to five Boulder police detectives, two investigators and up to four attorneys from the Boulder district attorney's office.


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