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S P E C I A L JonBenet Ramsey Case

Warrants may shed light on JonBenet investigation

Boulder Police

Documents to be released Monday

September 28, 1997
Web posted at: 8:24 p.m. EDT (0024 GMT)

BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) -- What were police looking for and what was their justification when they searched the home and cars of John and Patsy Ramsey, the parents of murdered beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey?

For the most part, those questions should finally be answered officially on Monday, when 65 pages of search warrants and related documents are released.

Until now, much of what is publicly known about the investigation of JonBenet Ramsey's death has been learned through leaks by unnamed sources. The coroner's autopsy report and a purported ransom note found in the Ramsey home already have been made public. The Ramseys also have given a few interviews.

But the search warrant documents could provide the best view yet of what investigators have looked for in their search for JonBenet's killer.

The 6-year-old beauty queen's body was found in the basement of her family's Boulder, Colorado, home nine months ago, the day after Christmas. She had been strangled. No arrests have been made, but the district attorney has said her parents are a focus of the investigation.

Judge Diane MacDonald, in her order that fully unseals the search warrants, decided that there was no longer a reason to keep them secret because of what has already been published. However, small portions, including details not yet made public, will be blacked out at the request of prosecutors.

And the names of some people mentioned in the documents, but not in news reports, will be concealed because they are not suspects. The judge ruled that their privacy interests outweigh the public's right to know.

The Ramseys objected to the release of the search warrants, arguing their right to privacy would be violated. But MacDonald said they gave that right up when they gave interviews.

The Ramseys' lawyers have said they may appeal that decision Monday morning, just before Boulder court officials begin handing reporters copies of the search warrant documents.

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