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  2 Crime scene videos
Posted by: Moop - 01-31-2017, 11:35 AM - Forum: The House at 755 15th Street, Boulder, CO - Replies (2)



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  The autopsy
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 07:42 PM - Forum: The Autopsy - No Replies

jameson TimeLine Autopsy
DOB: 08/06/90 DEATH D/T: 12/26/96@ 1323
AGE: 6Y AUTOPSY D/T: 12/27/96 @0815
SEX: F ID NO: 137712
I. Ligature strangulation
A. Circumferential ligature withassociated ligature furrow of neck
B. Abrasions and petechial hemorrhages,neck
C. Petechial hemorrhages, conjunctivalsurfaces of eyes and skin of face
II. Craniocerebral injuries
A. Scalp contusion
B. Linear, comminuted fracture ofright side of skull
C. Linear pattern of contusionsof right cerebral hemisphere
D. Subarachnoid and subdural hemorrhage
E. Small contusions, tips of temporallobes
III. Abrasion of right cheek
IV. Abrasion/contusion, posteriorright shoulder
V. Abrasions of left lower backand posterior left lower leg
VI. Abrasion and vascular congestionof vaginal mucosa
VII. Ligature of right wrist
blood ethanol - none detected
blood drug screen - no drugs detected
CLINICOPATHOLOGIC CORRELATION: Causeof death of this six year old female is asphyxia by strangulation associated with craniocerebral trauma.
John E. Meyer, M.D.
The body of this six year old female was first seen by me after I was called to an address identified as 755 15th street in Boulder, Colorado, on 12/26/96. I arrived at the scene approximately 8 p.m. on 12/26 and entered the house where the decedent's body was located at approximately 8:20 p.m. I initially viewed the body in the living room of the house. The decedent was laying on her back on the floor, covered by a blanket and a Colorado Avalanche sweatshirt. On removing these two items from the top of the body the decedent was found to be lying on her back with her arms extended up over her head. The head was turned to the right. A brief examination of the body disclosed a ligature around the neck and a ligature around the right wrist. Also noted was a small area of abrasion or contusion below the right ear on the lateral aspect of the right cheek. A prominent dried abrasion was present on the lower left neck. After examining the body, I left the residence at approximately 8:30 p.m.
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EXTERNAL EXAM: The decedent is clothed in a long sleeved white knit collarless shirt, the mid anterior chest area of which contains an embroidered silver star decorated with silver sequins.Tied loosely around the right wrist, overlying the sleeve of the shirt is a white cord. At the knot there is one tail end which measures 5.5 inches in length with a frayed end. The other tail of the knot measures 15.5 inches in length and ends in a double loop knot. This end of the cord is also frayed.
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There are no defects noted in the shirt but the upper anterior right sleeve contains a dried brown-tan stain measuring 2.5 x 1.5 inches, consistent with mucous from the nose or mouth. There are long white underwear with an elastic waist band containing a red and blue stripe. The long underwear are urine stained anteriorly over the crotch area and anterior legs. No defects are identified. Beneath the long underwear are white panties with printed rose buds and the words "Wednesday" on the elastic waistband. The underwear is urine stained and in the inner aspect of the crotch are several red areas of staining measuring up to 0.5 inch in maximum dimension.
EXTERNAL EVIDENCE OF INJURY: Located just below the right ear at the right angle of the mandible, 1.5 inches below the right external auditory canal is a 3/8 X 1/4 inch area of rust colored abrasion.
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In the lateral aspect of the left lower eyelid on the inner conjunctival surface is a 1 mm in maximum dimension petechial hemorrhage.Very fine, less than 1 mm petechial hemorrhages are present on the skin of the upper eyelids bilaterally as well as on the lateral left cheek. On everting the left upper eyelid there are much smaller, less than 1 mm petechial hemorrhages located on the conjunctival surface. Possible petechial hemorrhages located on the conjunctival surface. Possible petechial hemorrhages are also seen on the conjunctival surfaces of the right upper and lower eyelids, but livor mortis on this side of the face makes definite identification difficult.
Wrapped around the neck with a double knot in the midline of the posterior
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neck is a length of white cord similar to that described as being tied around the right wrist.
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This ligature cord is cut on the right side of the neck and removed. A single black ink mark is placed on the left side of the cut and a double black ink mark on the right side of the cut. The posterior know is left intact. extending from the knot on the posterior aspect of the neck are two tails of the knot, one measuring 4 inches in length and having a frayed end, and the other measuring 17 inches in length with the end tied in multiple loops around a length of a round tan-brown wooden stick with measures 4.5 inches in length. This wooden stick is irregularly broken at both ends and there are several colors of paint and apparent glistening varnish on the surface. Printed in gold letters on one end of the wooden stick is the word "Korea." The tail end of another word extends from beneath the loops of the cord tied around the stick and is not able to be interpreted. Blonde hair is entwined in the knot on the posterior aspect of the neck as well as in the cord wrapped around the wooden stick. The white cord is flattened and measures approximately 1/4 inch in width. It appears to be made of a white synthetic material. Also secured around the neck is a gold chain with a single charm in the form of a cross.
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A deep ligature furrow encircles the entire neck. The width of the furrow varies from one-eighth of an inch to five/sixteenths of an inch and is horizontal in orientation, with little upward deviation. The skin of the anterior neck above and below the ligature furrow contains areas of petechial hemorrhage and abrasion encompassing an area measuring approximately 3 X 2 inches. The ligature furrow crosses the anterior midline of the neck just below the laryngeal prominence, approximately at the level of the cricoid cartilage. It is almost completely horizontal with slight upward deviation from the horizontal towards the back of theneck. The midline of the furrow mark on the anterior neck is 8 inches below the top of the head. The midline of the furrow mark on the posterior neckis 6.75 inches below the top of the head.
The area of abrasion and petechial hemorrhage of the skin of the anterior neck includes on the lower left neck, just to the left of the midline, a roughly triangular, parchment-liferust colored abrasion which measures 1.5 inches in length with a maximum width of 0.75 inches. This roughly triangular shaped abrasion is obliquely oriented with the apex superior and lateral. The remainder of the abrasions and petechial hemorrhages of the skin above and below the anterior projection of the ligature furrow are nonpatterned, purple to rust colored, and present in the midline, right, and left areas of the anterior neck. The skin just above the ligature furrow along the right side of the neck contains petechial hemorrhage composed of multiple confluent very small petechial hemorrhages as well as several larger petechial hemorrhages measuring up to one-sixteenth and one-eighth of an inch in maximum dimension. Similar smaller petechial hemorrhages are
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present on the skin below the ligature furrow on the left lateral aspect of the neck. Located on the right side of the chin is a three-sixteenths by one-eighth of an inch area of superficial abrasion. On the posterior aspect of the right shoulder is a poorly demarcated,very superficial focus of abrasion/contusion which is pale purple in color and measures up to three-quarters by one-half inch in maximum dimension.
Several linear aggregates of petechial hemorrhages are present in the anterior left should just above deltopectoral groove. These measure up to one inch in length by one-sixteenth to one-eighth of an inch in width. On the left lateral aspect of the lower back, approximately sixteen and one-quarter inches and seventeen and one-half inches below the level of the top of the head are two dried rust colored to slightly purple abrasions.
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The more superior of the two measures one-eighth by one-sixteenth of an inch and the more inferior measures three-sixteenths by one-eighth of an inch. There is no surrounding contusion identified. On the posterior aspect of the left lower leg, almost in the midline, approximately 4 inches above the level of the heel are two small scratch-life abrasions which are dried and rust colored. They measure one-sixteenth by less than on-sixteenth of an inch and one-eighth by less than one-sixteenth of an inch respectively.
On the anterior aspect of the perineum, along the edges of closure of the labia majora, is a small amount of dried blood. A similar small amount of dried and semifluid blood is present in the skin of the fourchette and the vestibule. Inside the vestibule of the vagina and along the distal vaginal wall is reddish hyperemia. This hyperemia is circumferential and perhaps more noticeable on the right side and posteriorly.The hyperemia also appears to extend just inside the vaginal orifice. A1 cm red-purple area of abrasion is located on the right posterolateral area of the 1 X 1 cm hymenal orifice. The hymen itself is represented bya rim of mucosal tissue extending clockwise between the 2 and 10:00 positions.The area of abrasion is present at approximately the 7:00 position and appears to involve the hymen and distal right lateral vaginal wall andpossibly the area anterior to the hymen. On the right labia majora is a very faint area of violet discoloration measuring approximately one inch by three-eighths of an inch. Incision into the underlying subcutaneous tissue discloses no hemorrhage. A minimal amount of semiliquid thin watery red fluid is present in the vaginal vault. No recent or remote anal or other perineal trauma is identified.
REMAINDER OF EXTERNAL EXAMINATION:The unembalmed, well developed nourished caucasian female body measures 47 inches in length and weighs an estimated 45 pounds. The scalp is covered by long blonde hair which is fixed in two ponytails, one on top of the head secured by a cloth hair tie and blue elastic band, and one in the lower back of the head secured by a blue elastic band. No scalp trauma is identified. The external auditory canals are patent and free of blood.The eyes are green and the pupils
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equally dilated. The sclerae are white. The nostrils are both patent and contain a small amount of tan mucous material. The teeth are native and in good repair. The tongue is smooth, pink-tan and granular. No buccal mucosal trauma is seen. The frenulum is intact. There is a slight drying artifact of the tip of the tongue. On the right cheek is a pattern of dried saliva and mucous material which does not appear to be hemorrhagic. The neck contains no palpable adenopathy or masses and the trachea and larynx are midline. The chest is symmetrical. Breasts are prepubescent. The abdomen is flat and contains no scars. No palpable organ omegaly or masses are identified. The external genitalia are that of a prepubescent female. No pubic hair is present. The anus is patent. Examination of the extremities is unremarkable. On the middle finger of the right hand is a yellow metal band. Around the right wrist is a yellow metal identification bracelet with the name "JonBenet" on one side and the date "12/25/96" on the other side.  A red ink line drawing in the form of a heart is located on the palm of the left hand.
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The fingernails of both hands are of sufficient length for clipping. Examination of the back is unremarkable. There is dorsal 3+ to 4+ livor mortis which is nonblanching. Livor mortis is also present on the right side of theface. At the time of the initiation of the autopsy there is mild 1 to 2+rigor mortis of the elbows and shoulders with more advanced 2 to 3+ rigor mortis of the joints of the lower extremities.
INTERNAL EXAM: The anterior chest musculature is well developed. No sternal or rib fractures are identified.
Mediastinum: The mediastinal contents are normally distributed. The 21 gm thymus gland has a normal external appearance. The cut sections are finely lobular and pink-tan. No petechial hemorrhages are seen. The aorta and remainder of the mediastinal structures are unremarkable.
Body Cavities: The right and leftthoracic cavities contain approximately 5 cc of straw colored fluid. The pleural surfaces are smooth and glistening. The percardial sac contains 3-4 cc of straw colored fluid and the epicardium and pericardium are unremarkable.The abdominal contents are normally distributed and covered by a smooth glistening serosa. No intraabdominal accumulation of fluid or blood is seen.
Lungs: The 200 gm right lung and175 gm left lung have a normal lobar configuration. An occasional scattered subpleural petechial hemorrhage is seen on the surface of each lung. The cut sections of the lungs disclose an intact alveolar architecture witha small amount of watery fluid exuding from the cut surfaces with mildpressure. The intrapulmonary bronchi and vasculature are unremarkable. No evidence of consolidation is seen.
Heart: The 100 gm heart has a normal external configuration. There are scattered subepicardial petechial hemorrhages over the anterior surface of
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the heart. The coronary arteries are normal in their distribution and contain no evidence of atherosclerosis.The tan-pink myocardium is homogeneous and contains no areas of fibrosisor infarction. The endocardium is unremarkable. The valve cusps are thin,delicate and pliable and contain no vegetation or thrombosis. The major vessels enter and leave the heart in the normal fashion. The foramen ovaleis closed.
Aorta and Vena Cava: The aorta is patent throughout its course as are its major branches. No atherosclerosisis seen. The vena cava is unremarkable.
Spleen: The 61 gm spleen has a finely wrinkled purple capsule. Cut sections are homogeneous and disclose readily identifiable red and white pulp. No intrinsic abnormalities are identified.
Adrenals: The adrenal glands are of normal size and shape. A golden yellow cortex surmounts a thin brown-tan medullary area. No intrinsic abnormalities are identified.
Kidneys: The 40 gm right kidney and 40 gm left kidney have a normal external appearance. The surfaces are smooth and glistening. Cut sections disclose an intact corticomedullary architecture. The renal papillae are sharply demarcated. The pelvocaliceal system is lined by gray-white mucosa which is unremarkable. Both uretersare patent throughout their course to the bladder.
Liver: The 625 gm liver has a normal external appearance. The capsule is smooth and glistening. Cut sections disclose an intact lobular architecture with no intrinsic abnormalities identified.
Pancreas: The pancreas is of normal size and shape. Cut sections are finely lobular and tan. No intrinsic abnormalitiesare identified.
Bladder: The bladder is contracted and contains no urine. The bladder mucosa is smooth and tan-gray. No intrinsic abnormalities are seen.
Genitalia: The upper portions ofthe vaginal vault contain no abnormalities. The prepubescent uterus measures3 X 1 X 0.8 cm and is unremarkable. The cervical os contains no abnormalities. Both fallopian tubes and ovaries are prepubescent and unremarkable by gross examination.
Gallbladder: The gallbladder contains 2-3 cc of amber bile. No stones are identified and the mucosa is smooth and velvety. The cystic duct, right and left hepatic duct and common bile duct are patent throughout their course to the duodenum.
G.I. Tract: The esophagus is empty.It is lined by gray-white mucosa. The
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stomach contains a small amount (8-10 cc) of viscous to green to tan colored thick mucous material without particulate matter identified. The gastric mucosa is autolyzed but contains no areas of hemorrhage or ulceration. The proximal portion of the small intestine contains fragmented pieces of yellow to light green-tan apparent vegetable or fruit material which may represent fragments of pineapple. No hemorrhage is identified. The remainder of the small intestine is unremarkable. The large intestine contains soft green fecal material. The appendix ispresent.
Lymphatic System: Unremarkable
Musculoskeletal System: Unremarkable
Skull and Brain: Upon reflection of the scalp there is found to be an extensive area of scalp hemorrhage along the right temporoparietal area extending from the orbital ridge, posteriorly all the way to the occipital area. This encompasses an area measuring approximately 7 X 4 inches. This grossly appears to be a fresh hemorrhage with no evidence of organization. At the superior extension of this area of hemorrhage is a linear to comminuted skull fracture which extends from the right occipital to posteroparietal area forward to the right frontal area across the parietal portion of the skull. In the posteroparietal area of this fracture is a roughly rectangular shaped displaced fragment of skull measuring one and three-quarters by one-half inch. The hemorrhage and the fracture extend posteriorly just past the midline of the occipital area of the skull. This fracture measures approximately 8.5 inches in length.
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On removal of the skull cap there is found to be a thin film of subdural hemorrhage measuring approximately 7-8 cc over the surface of the right cerebral hemisphere and extending to the base of the cerebral hemisphere.The 1450 gm brain has a normal overall architecture. Mild narrowing of the sulci and flattening of the gyri are seen. No inflammation is identified.There is a thin film of subarachnoid hemorrhage overlying the entire right cerebral hemisphere. On the right cerebral hemisphere underlying the previously mentioned linear skull fracture is an extensive linear area of purple contusion extending from the right frontal area, posteriorly along the lateral aspect of the parietal region and into the occipital area. This area of contusion measures 8 inches in length with a width of up to 1.75 inches. At the tip of the right temporal lobe is a one-quarter by one-quarter inch similar appearing purple contusion. Only very minimal contusion is present at the tip of the left temporal lobe. This area of contusion measures only one-half inch in maximum dimension. The cerebral vasculature contains no evidence of atherosclerosis. Multiple coronal sections of the cerebral hemispheres, brain stem and cerebellum disclose no additional abnormalities. The areas of previously described contusion are characterized by purple linear streak-like discolorations of the gray matter perpendicular to the surface of the cerebral cortex. These extend approximately 5 mm into the
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cerebral cortex. Examination of the base of the brain discloses no additional fractures.
Neck: Dissection of the neck is performed after removal of the thoracoabdominal organs and the brain. The anterior strap musculature of the neck is serially dissected. Multiplesections of the sternocleidomastoid muscle disclose no hemorrhages. Sectionsof the remainder of the strap musculature of the neck disclose no evidence of hemorrhage. Examination of the thyroid cartilage, cricoid cartilage and hyoid bone disclose no evidence of fracture or hemorrhage. Multiple cross sections of the tongue disclose no hemorrhage or traumatic injury.The thyroid gland weighs 2 gm and is normal in appearance. Cut sections are finely lobular and red-tan. The trachea and larynx are lined by smooth pink-tan mucosa without intrinsic abnormalities.
MICROSCOPIC DESCRIPTION: (All sectionsStained with H&E)
(Slide key(A) scalp hemorrhage ,(B) sections of vaginal mucosa with smallest fragment representing area of abrasion at 7:00 position , © heart , (D-F) lungs , (G) liver andspleen , (H) pancreas and kidney , (I) thyroid and bladder , (J) thymusand adrenals , (K-L) reproductive organs , (M) larynx , (N-T) brain.
Myocardium: Sections of the ventricularmyocardium are composed of interlacing bundles of cardiac muscle fibers. No fibrosis or inflammation are identified.
Lungs: The alveolar architectureof the lungs is well preserved. Pulmonary vascular congestion is identified.No intrinsic abnormalities are seen.
Spleen: There is mild autolysisof the spleen. Both red-and-white pulp are identifiable.
Thyroid: The thyroid gland is composed of normal-appearing follicles. An occasional isolated area of chronic interstitial inflammatory infiltrate is seen. There is also a small fragment of parathyroid tissue.
Thymus: The thymus gland retains the usual architecture. The lymphoid material is intact and scattered Hassall'scorpuscles are identified. Mild vascular congestion is identified.
Trachea: There is mild chronic inflammationin the submucosa of the trachea.
Liver: The lobular architectureof the liver is well preserved. No inflammation or intrinsic abnormality are identified.
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Pancreas: There is autolysis ofthe pancreas which is otherwise unremarkable. Kidney: The overall architectureof the kidney is well preserved. There is perhaps mild vascular congestionin the cortex but no inflammation is identified.
Bladder: The transitional epithelium of the bladder is autolyzed. No significant intrinsic abnormalities areseen.
Reproductive Organs: Sections ofthe uterus are consistent with the prepubescent age. The ovary is unremarkable.
Adrenal: The architecture of the adrenal is well preserved and no intrinsic abnormalities are seen.
Brain: Sections from the areas ofcontusion disclose disrupted blood vessels of the cortex with surrounding hemorrhage. There is no evidence of inflammatory infiltrate or organization of the hemorrhage. Subarachnoid hemorrhage is also identified. Cortical neurons are surrounded by clear halos, as are glial cells.
Vaginal Mucosa: All of the sections contain vascular congestion and focal interstitial chronic inflammation.The smallest piece of tissue, from the 7:00 position of the vaginal wall/hymen, contains epithelial erosion with underlying capillary congestion. A small number of red blood cells is present on the eroded surface, as is birefringent foreign material. Acute inflammatory infiltrate is not seen.
EVIDENCE: Items turned over to theBoulder Police Department as evidence include: Fibers and hair from clothing and body surfaces; ligatures; clothing; vaginal swabs and smears; rectal swabs and smears; oral swabs and smears; paper bags from hands; fingernail clippings; jewelry; paper bags from feet; white body bag; samples of head hair, eyelashes and eyebrows; swabs from right and left thighs and right cheek; red top and purple top tubes of blood.

Note from Dr. John Meyer August13, 1997
Contrary to several media reports over the past few days, the autopsy report on JonBenet Ramsey does not and has never contained information on the estimated time of death. I have not been able to determine the original source of the statement that the report contained the estimated time of death, but it certainly did not come from this office.
The time of an "unwitnessed" death is very difficult to determine with any precision, and at best is an estimate based not only on autopsy findings but also on investigative information.
I consider estimation of time of death to be an interpretive finding rather than a factual statement, and it is not this Office's practice to include this estimate as part of any autopsy report. As has been stated in the past, it would also be inappropriate for me, as a potential expert and material witness, to make interpretive statements prior to testifying in court.
John E. Meyer, M.D.
Boulder County Coroner

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  September 1, 2016 continued commitment
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 05:56 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jonbenet Ramsey (Homicide)

JonBenet Ramsey was six years old when she was reported missing on December 26, 1996, after her family reported finding a ransom note inside their home in the 700 block of 15th Street. Her body was found in a basement room, and a later autopsy revealed that the cause of her death was strangulation.

Anyone with information about JonBenet Ramsey’s homicide is asked to contact the Boulder Police Department Tipline at 303-441-1974 or BouldersMostWanted@bouldercolorado.gov. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers.

Statement Regarding the JonBenet Ramsey Investigation - September 1, 2016 from City of Boulder on Vimeo.
Because the case is approaching a 20-year milestone, the department has been receiving a significant number of media and community inquiries. This video has been created to express the department’s continued commitment to this open case and demonstrate the level of investigation that has occurred to date, while also protecting the integrity of the ongoing investigation. JonBenet was six years old when she was reported missing from her family home on Dec. 26, 1996. She was later found deceased in the home. Members of the Boulder Police Department will not be participating in interviews related to this investigation. This video may be used as the department’s official statement.

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  Jan 23, 2014 - cleaqring Fleet White and family again
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 05:54 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Jan. 23, 2014 - Boulder Police Department Statement Regarding the Family of Fleet White, Jr.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Kim Kobel, Boulder Police, 303-441-3370
Boulder Police Department statement regarding the family of Fleet White, Jr.
To correct past inaccurate statements and speculation appearing in the media, and at the request of Fleet and Priscilla White, the Boulder Police Department releases the following statement:
Since December 26, 1996, the homicide of JonBenet Ramsey has been the subject of widespread news reports and speculation by the media.  A great deal of that reporting and speculation targeted innocent community members whose only connection to the crime was as cooperating witnesses.  This includes the Fleet White, Jr. family of Boulder who suffered embarrassment and damage to their reputations.  The Boulder Police Department recognizes the suffering the Whites have endured as a result of the accusations made against the White family during the course of the investigation.
The Boulder Police Department investigators have always considered the White family to only be witnesses in this case.  The Boulder Police Department has never considered the White family to be suspects in the case.  In 2000, the police department did investigate allegations made by a California woman to District Attorney Alex Hunter,  as reported in the press, that were intended to cast suspicion on the White family.  The department found no evidence to support the unfounded allegations.  There has never been any evidence to link the White family to the JonBenet Ramsey homicide.
We wish to express our gratitude for the White family’s cooperation and contributions in regard to the investigation of JonBenet’s death.
Mark R. Beckner
Chief of Police
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  Octobeer 25, 2013 - on release of GJ documents
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 05:53 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Oct. 25, 2013 - Boulder Police Department Statement About Release of Ramsey True Bills
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Kim Kobel, Boulder Police, 303-441-3370
Boulder Police Department statement about release of Ramsey true bills
Today, Judge Robert Lowenbach released true bills that had been issued by the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury back in 1999.  The decision by Judge Lowenbach to publicly disclose the existence of these true bills provides confirmation to the public that the investigation pursued by the Boulder Police Department was, in fact, based on the information and evidence available.  The grand jury of 12 objective jurors ultimately agreed with investigators that probable cause existed for the filing of charges.  “Until this release, it was difficult to remain silent in reference to our knowledge of the true bills for so many years,” stated Police Chief Mark Beckner.
Investigators at the time were disappointed in the then district attorney’s decision not to issue indictments.  Cases are rarely perfect and often contain conflicting evidence.  As a result, the opportunity to present the entire case to a jury may be lost forever.  We also understand the criteria for taking a case to trial is higher than probable cause.
What we have learned from this experience is how important the relationships are between police departments which investigate cases and the district attorneys who ultimately prosecute cases.    These roles should always remain clear. At the same time, both agencies must work collaboratively together as a team.  Under District Attorney Stan Garnett, we’ve been able to develop a team approach – with both agencies aiming for similar goals - to achieve unprecedented success in prosecuting cold cases, most of which had been rejected for prosecution under previous district attorneys.  Justice, and the public interest, is better served with this type of collaboration and shared focus.
The status of the Ramsey investigation today is that of a cold case.  The case is still open, but is not actively being investigated and there are no new leads. While we believe at this point it is unlikely there will ever be a prosecution, the Boulder Police Department still holds out some hope that one day the district attorney and the Boulder Police Department will be able to put together a case worthy of presenting to a jury.

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  June 4, 2003 Fake Beckner emails
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 05:51 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

June 04, 2003 - Ramsey Update #86
Wednesday, June 4, 2003
Mark Beckner, Police, (303) 441-4370
Jodie Carroll, Media Relations, (303) 441-3155
City Web site: www.bouldercolorado.gov
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Unlawful e-mails sent under Chief Beckner's name
The Boulder Police Department recently became aware that someone was unlawfully sending e-mails using the name of Chief Beckner. On April 25, 2003, Rocky Mountain News columnist Charlie Brennan received an e-mail titled as being from "Chief Beckner" complementing Mr. Brennan for a recent column he had written on the JonBenet Ramsey case. According to embedded information within the message, the e-mail was sent from a MSN Hotmail account, becknerbpd(at)hotmail.com. The e-mail was then signed off with "Regards, Mark." Please see below message text:

From: Chief Beckner
Sent: Friday, April 25, 2003 1:16 PM
To: brennanc@rockymountainnews.com
Subject: Great articles!
Just want you to know I thought those two articles you wrote today were excellent. You got everything right, as you always do.
Thanks for all your support. Eventually, we'll be proven right.

Being skeptical of the message's authenticity, Mr. Brennan telephoned Chief Beckner to ask him about the message. Chief Beckner confirmed that he did not send the message. The Chief was alarmed that someone was apparently using his title and name without authorization to communicate about the JonBenet Ramsey case with members of the media.
Search warrants were obtained and executed for MSN Hotmail in California. According to MSN Hotmail, the becknerbpd(at)hotmail.com account was established in 2000. The account creator provided information stating that the owner was "Chief Beckner" from "Boulder, Colorado," and furthermore, provided an accurate birth year for the Chief.
Further investigation led police to the Internet Protocol (IP) numbers from where the suspect had been accessing the becknerbpd(at)hotmail.com account. Since early March 2003, all access to the becknerbpd(at)hotmail.com account were from a single Netcom (now owned by Earthlink) dial-up account.
A search warrant was obtained and executed for Earthlink in Georgia. According to Earthlink's records, the account holder that has been accessing the becknerbpd(at)hotmail.com e-mail account is Susan B. Stine, 5760 Long Grove Drive, Atlanta, Georgia. Susan Stine is known as a close friend of John and Patsy Ramsey and has been interviewed as a witness in reference to the Ramsey investigation.
The search warrants also yielded other messages that had been received by the becknerbpd(at)hotmail.com account. A number of these messages indicate that the becknerbpd(at)hotmail.com user had been attempting to convince others that he/she was Chief Mark Beckner. Others appeared to be nonsensical. Please note that investigators were able to confirm that the messages to and from Rocky Mountain News reporter Charlie Brennan and Rita Johnson were received/sent by those individuals. The other messages were not confirmed as received or sent by those parties.
At the request of the Boulder Police Department, members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) went to Ms. Stine's residence in an attempt to interview her on June 3, 2003. However, she refused to talk with the GBI agent.
Chief Mark Beckner is alarmed by the discovery that his name and position as Boulder Police Chief has been used in an effort to communicate with others. "Given the history of the Ramsey case and the concerns we have had with information being distributed to the public, often times inaccurate information, this discovery is disturbing," stated Chief Beckner. "I want the media and public to know that if they have received communications from this e-mail address purporting to be me, that it is bogus. My official e-mail address is public and is becknerm@bouldercolorado.gov."
Under Colorado law, Criminal Impersonation is a class 6 felony and Impersonating a Police Officer is a Class I Misdemeanor.
The Boulder Police Department and the Boulder County District Attorney's Office have agreed to issue a letter to Susan Stine advising her of the unlawful conduct and that the use of Chief Beckner's name in such a manner must cease immediately. The becknerbpd(at)hotmail.com account has been frozen by MSN Hotmail.
The Boulder Police Department would like anyone receiving e-mail messages from any reported member of the Boulder Police Department to know that official e-mail addresses use the members last name and first initial followed by @bouldercolorado.gov. If you are not sure that a message is legitimate, please call the department member to confirm that they did in fact send the message. "We are concerned that there could be other messages out there reportedly from either me or other department members that are fake in an attempt to either receive information or communicate false information," stated Beckner.
On June 3, 2003, Chief Beckner did receive an e-mail from Susan Stine in which she apologized for using the hotmail account, describing it as a sophomoric prank and apologizing for any distress she may have caused.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Boulder Police Detective Jim MacPherson at (303) 441-3330.

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  Dec 20, 2002 - case to DA's office
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Dec. 20, 2002 - Ramsey Update #85
Friday, December 20, 2002
Contact: Amy Mueller, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090 (before 5 p.m.)
Jennifer Bray, Media Relations, (303) 441-3851, ext. 6004 (after hours)
City Web site: www.bouldercolorado.gov
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Update #85: Ramsey Investigation Takes New Direction
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner today announced that the JonBenet Ramsey investigation will be taking a new direction. Boulder County District Attorney Mary Keenan and Chief Beckner have agreed that the District Attorney will follow-up on new leads and information in the case. This will involve the assignment of DA investigators who have not previously worked on the Ramsey case. This is an investigative strategy that has been discussed in the District Attorney’s Office and the Police Department for several weeks.
"The primary reason for this change is an attempt to further the investigation in a positive manner," said Chief Beckner. "The interests of the Boulder Police Department have always been to do what is in the best interests of the investigation. This is a strategy to address concerns expressed by the Ramseys and their attorney that the Boulder Police Department is not following up additional leads. This may provide the Ramseys and their attorney greater comfort in forwarding what they believe is new information or leads that need to be investigated."
"It is our hope that by changing the dynamics of the investigation, information maintained by the Ramseys will be forwarded to the DA’s Office for follow-up," stated Chief Beckner. "Obviously, it is impossible to investigate information you do not have access to. We also realize that a fresh look at the case from time to time is healthy and could lead to new progress in the investigation. This will be the fourth time over the course of the 6-year investigation that changes in strategy and responsibility have been made in an effort to further the investigation. Each time, we have had some success in moving the case forward."
Chief Beckner further stated, "It is important for all of us to remember that the ultimate goal is to solve the case for the victim, JonBenet Ramsey. We are willing to try just about any strategy in order to accomplish that goal. We will continue to work in cooperation with the District Attorney’s Office and provide consultation as needed. Any tips or new information received by the Police Department will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for follow-up."
"We don’t care how or who solves this case, and if this helps, then it is the right thing to do," added Beckner.

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  Dec 17, 2001 expense report
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Dec. 17, 2001 - Ramsey Expense Memo
TO: Mark R. Beckner, Chief of Police
FROM: Joseph Pura, Director Financial Services
DATE: December 17, 2001
SUBJ: Expenses related to Ramsey Homicide
1996 expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide Investigation:

Overtime Expenses (604.75 Hrs.)
$ 20,340.80
Travel Expenses
$ 248.38
Investigative Expense
$ 788.55
Total Expenditures for 1966
$ 21,377.73

1997 Expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide Investigation:
On-duty Salary Expense
$ 308,630.81
Overtime Expense (3,929.5 Hours)
$ 134,621.66
Travel Expenses through 12-31-97
$ 57,392.46
Investigative Expense through 12-31-97
$ 30,830.08
Total Expenditures for 1997
$ 531,475.01

1998 Expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide Investigation:
On-duty Salary Expense - P.P.#26
$ 562,149.72
Overtime Expense 954 Hours
$ 37,541.46
Travel Expenses through 12-31-98
$ 11,319.01
Investigative Expense through 12-31-98
$ 19,946.74
Total Expenditures for 1998
$ 630,956.93

1999 Expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide Investigation:
On-duty Salary Expense - P.P.#25
$ 220,780.26
Overtime Expense (218.75 Hours)
$ 10,554.11
Travel Expenses through 12-30-99
$ 3,842.91
Investigative Expense through 12-30-99
$ 3,010.70
Total Expenditures for 1999
$ 238,187.98

2000 Expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide Investigation:
On-duty Salary Expense - P.P.#26
$ 133,648.28
Overtime Expense
$ 4,898.78
Travel Expenses through 12-31-2000
$ 3,157.00
Investigative Expense
$ 4,369.25
Total Expenditures for 2000
$ 146,073.31

2001 Expenditures related to Ramsey Homicide Investigation:
On-duty Salary Expense (through 12/17/01)
$ 133,624.66
Overtime Expense (through 12/17/01)
$ 3,005.59
Investigative Expense
$ 550.00
Total Expenditures for 2001
$ 137,180.25
Total expenditures related to
Ramsey Homicide Investigation for
1996, 97, 98, 99, 2000, & 2001.

$ 1,705,251.21
(Does not include on duty costs of investigation for Management Exempt employees, such
as Chief, Commander and Legal Advisor)

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  Dec 17, 2001 statistics
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Dec. 17, 2001 - Ramsey Update #84
Dec. 17, 2001
Jana Petersen, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
Jennifer Bray, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
City Web site: www.bouldercolorado.gov
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Update #84 Police mark fifth anniversary of investigation
As the fifth anniversary of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey approaches, Boulder Police have compiled updated statistical information related to the case.
Quote:Number of people formally interviewed to date:
More than 650
Note: many have been interviewed more than one time
Number of outside experts and consultants utilized to date:
More than 60
Number of persons investigated as possible suspects to date:
About 140
Number of items of evidence logged into property to date:
About 1,400
Approximate size of investigative case file to date:
About 43,000 pages
Number of phone tips:
About 5,300
Number of letters received in reference to Ramsey case:
More than 4,800
Number of states investigation has taken PD to: 18
Total cost of investigation for Boulder PD: $1,705,251.21
The case remains an open, active investigation, with up to four detectives working on the case on an as-needed basis. The work includes following up on tips received, reviewing the case file, occasional laboratory analysis, and keeping current on new forensic technologies that may assist the case. "Any homicide, but particularly the death of a small child, has a tremendous impact on the community," Police Chief Mark Beckner said. "We know that there are some cases we will never bring to a resolution. We also know that there are some cases we solve many years after the crime. We will never give up hope for finding justice in this case."

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  October 3, 2001 - Jazzy confession
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Oct. 03, 2001 - Ramsey Update #83
Ramsey Case Update #83
Oct. 3, 2001
Jana Petersen, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
Jennifer Bray, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
City Web site: www.bouldercolorado.gov
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Boulder Police determine that online "confession" to Ramsey murder was hoax
Boulder Police detectives have determined that an online "confession" to the murder of JonBenet Ramsey was a hoax.
A tip was forwarded to the police department several weeks ago that a "confession" to the Ramsey murder was posted on an Internet bulletin board. Investigators filed a search warrant for America Online (AOL) to discover the identity of the person who posted the message. The message claimed that the person had been a witness and reluctant participant in the murder.
After learning the identification of the AOL subscriber known as, "BnJazzy4ever45" detectives went to the person’s location and interviewed them. Detectives determined from their investigation that the "confession" was a hoax and that "BnJazzy4ever45" has no connection to the homicide. The person who posted the "confession" message is a 14-year-old juvenile.
"We would like to thank the local law enforcement agencies and the FBI for their assistance in this location," said Police Chief Mark Beckner.

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