Police: Ramseys remain under 'umbrella of suspicion'
December 5, 1997
Web posted at: 1:35 p.m. EST (1835 GMT)
BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) -- As the first anniversary of
JonBenet Ramsey's death looms, the lead police investigator
said Friday that her parents "remain under an umbrella of
suspicion" and will be questioned again.
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"We've uncovered a lot of new information, we have a lot of
new questions" for John and Patsy Ramsey, Cmdr. Mark Beckner
said during a news conference. Beckner said police also want
to re-interview the couple's 11-year-old son Burke.
The strangled body of the 6-year-old beauty queen was found
in the basement of her parents' Boulder home on December 26,
1996. The Ramseys, who have proclaimed their innocence, have
turned to newspaper ads in their own effort to find their
Asked if JonBenet's murder would ever be solved, Becker
responded, "I am confident it will be ... We are making
progress and we are moving forward."
John and Patsy Ramsey
He said police had requested the interviews to question the
Ramseys about information gathered since the last interviews
six months ago.
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Asked if Burke Ramsey is a suspect, Beckner said, "We are
treating him as a witness."
Beckner has been involved in the investigation since October,
when he took over from Cmdr. John Eller. Under his direction,
he said, the investigative team has reviewed information
collected so far and is working through a task list of 72
Police are poring over more forensic findings and also want
to re-interview significant witnesses and neighbors, Beckner
said. The Ramseys moved to an Atlanta suburb in August.
Beckner said that at the end of the investigation, police
will have three options: make an arrest, ask for a
grand jury investigation or deactivate the case until new
information is obtained. At this point, Beckner said, the
police force has neither submitted a case for prosecution nor
has it prepared an arrest warrant.