Warrants may shed light on JonBenet investigation
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
But the search warrant documents could provide the best view
yet of what investigators have looked for in their search for
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
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.