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  March 6, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:40 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

March 06, 1997 - Ramsey Update #32
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #32
March 6 Update
Various items in the case have been sent to CellMark Diagnostics in Maryland for DNA testing. The items were delivered on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The testing by CellMark could take up to six weeks for results.
Boulder Police are in receipt of a third set of handwriting samples from Ms. Patricia Ramsey. These items were collected by Boulder Police on Friday, Feb. 28. Police had difficulty obtaining satisfactory samples because Ms. Ramsey is reported to have been taking medication since Dec. 26.
Based on the information Boulder Police have to date, police are now able eliminate John Andrew and Melinda Ramsey as a potential suspects. John Andrew and Melinda are being publicly cleared of involvement to relieve them of stress caused by inappropriate speculation.
Boulder Detectives traveled to Roswell, Georgia for the express purpose of collecting conclusive evidence that would allow us to eliminate John Andrew and Melinda from suspicion in this case. Upon arrival, we were informed that John B. Ramsey had retained attorney James Jenkins in Atlanta to represent Lucinda Johnson, Melinda and John Andrew. Mr. Jenkins declined to allow his clients to speak with us. As a result, alternative sources of information had to be developed which delayed our ability to publicly issue this information.
The Boulder Police internal investigation process which was initiated to examine a concern that Detective Sgt. Larry Mason was involved in an unauthorized release of information has been completed. The process has determined this concern to be unfounded.
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  Feb. 21, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:39 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 21, 1997 - Ramsey Update #31
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 1997
Contact:
Kelvin McNeill, Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #31
Death Report of Elizabeth Ramsey
The Boulder Police Department has removed the 1992 death report of Elizabeth Ramsey from the JonBenet Ramsey homicide investigative file.
According Boulder Police Detective Commander John Eller, "The medical examiner's report on the death of Elizabeth Ramsey was obtained from the Cook County, Illinois Medical Examiner's offices early in our investigation. The document is a public record. The Cook County Chief Medical Examiner and I have conferred and find it appropriate to be released. The report contains no information which, if made public, would harm our investigation."
"It is unconscionable that some media factions have chosen, irresponsibly, to speculate publicly on contents of the death report, and in so doing have caused renewed grief for friends and family members of the deceased," added Commander Eller.
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  Feb. 20, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:38 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 20, 1997 - Ramsey Update #30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case #30 - Update for Feb. 20
Boulder police are not at a point in the investigation when possible suspects can be identified. There are no arrests pending and the investigation continues day-to-day with 8 detectives working on the case full-time.
The Boulder Police field investigative team, as you are aware, completed its work in Roswell, GA on Monday, Feb. 17. The investigators had no contact with Mr. John Ramsey or Ms. Patricia Ramsey during our coincidental visits to Georgia last weekend. We do not have specifics of who else may or may not have been interviewed.
A formal interview with the Ramsey family has not been scheduled and no timeline has been established for scheduling those interviews.
The investigators have left Georgia and remain out of state. As a matter of policy, we cannot provide an itinerary for the duration of their trip after leaving Georgia. Essentially, they are pursuing additional information in the case in various other cities.
Police have conducted more than 115 formal interviews both in Colorado and out of state.
Police have received more than 600 letters and 1,840 telephone calls concerning the case. Approximately 15% of these items require some form of follow-up by police.
The author of the letter which was postmarked in Shreveport, Louisiana, has not been positively identified.
The cost of the investigation is currently being funded out of existing police and communication department funds. City Manager Tim Honey is briefed daily on the case and the related fiscal impacts. Should there be a need to request additional funds, the City Manager will present this information to the City Council. The City Manager will, by the way, provide a comprehensive report on various budgetary issues to the City Council in April.

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  Feb. 17, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:38 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 17, 1997 - Ramsey Update #29
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations,
(303) 441-3090
Pager: (303) 441-3851, pager #4060
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Statement from City of Boulder Media Releations
(Ramsey Update #29)
The Boulder Police Department's field investigation in the Roswell, Georgia area is expected to be completed today. Our investigators plan to leave the area late tonight. No determination has been made concerning possible return trips to the area.
Once completed today, our investigators will have:
  1. Conducted more than 20 formal police interviews this weekend, bringing to about 110 the number of total interviews conducted in this case both in Colorado and out of state.
     
  2. Conducted more than 35 hours of interviews this weekend, all of which were either video or audio taped. Some interviews were multi-hour interviews.
     
"Our two investigators in Georgia worked tirelessly this weekend and are taking the time they need to get the job done professionally. The work in Roswell is another piece in the puzzle as our investigators try to determine who killed JonBenet.
The weekend visit to Roswell was very focused and without distractions. The investigators reinterviewed some people they talked to on their previous visit, talked to some new people, and gathered some new information in an attempt to tie up some loose ends.
Police are not at the point in the investigation where any suspects can be named. Again, we want to thank the Roswell community for their patience and especially thank our host agency, the Roswell police department for their logistical support."

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  Feb. 13, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:37 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 13, 1997 - Ramsey Update #28
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 13, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm or Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations/303-441-3090
or
Jana Petersen
Boulder County Public Information/303-441-3399
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #28
Expert Prosecution Task Force Formed
Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter and Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby today announced the creation of an Expert Prosecution Task Force, which includes Dr. Henry Lee and four Colorado district attorneys to assist in the investigation and preparation of the JonBenet Ramsey homicide case, saying "we intend to pursue this case as aggressively as possible."
Criminologist Dr. Henry Lee is the Director of the Connecticut State Police Lab. He is an expert in the field of crime scene reconstruction and evidence collection. He is assisting in this case with the support of Connecticut Gov. John Rowland.
Four Colorado district attorneys have agreed to serve on the Task Force, making their offices' expertise and other resources available on call. The participants are: Bill Ritter of Denver, Dave Thomas of Jefferson, Bob Grant of Adams and Jim Peters of Arapahoe counties. Other members of the task force may be announced in the near future.
Although not a member of the Task Force, noted criminal defense attorney Barry Scheck will be advising the Task Force as an expert in DNA evidence and other matters. Scheck is a professor at the Cardosa Law School in New York. He is a private practice attorney and heads the Innocence Project, which has used DNA evidence to exonerate 40 individuals wrongly convicted of crimes. Scheck also is a commissioner for the New York State Commission on Forensic Science, which regulates the work of state crime labs.
According to District Attorney Hunter, "As this case has proceeded, we have sought outside expertise when it has been needed. We are entering a long-term strategy phase and the Expert Prosecution Task Force will be a valuable asset and resource."
In addition to announcing the Expert Prosecution Task Force, Chief Tom Koby also stated: "We have received the results of some evidence in this case. Specifically, the testing on the DNA evidence has been completed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. We will now send the DNA samples to Cellmark Laboratories for additional testing. These tests could take four to six weeks. Let me remind you, the results of these tests, although important, are not the final piece of this complex investigation."
Hunter and Koby both asserted, "This case does not lend itself to a quick solution and we are sure everyone agrees that we need to be methodical and professional in our approach to ensure a successful prosecution."
There have been no arrests, there are no arrests pending and police have not named any suspects in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey.
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  Feb. 12, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:36 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 12, 1997 - Ramsey Update #27
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12:30 p.m., Feb. 12, 1997
Contact: Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations 303-441-3090
or
Jana Petersen
Boulder County Public Information/303-441-3399

RAMSEY CASE NEWS RELEASE #27
JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, FEB. 13
Boulder County and the City of Boulder have scheduled a joint news conference for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb., 13 in City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Canyon. Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter and Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby are scheduled to speak at the joint news conference. There are no arrests pending and police have not named any suspects.
Please note the following logistical items:
1. Satellite trucks must be in the parking area by 9:30 a.m., and parking is available on a first come, first served basis.
2. Two pool television cameras will be allowed in the Council Chambers. One camera will be a fixed shot on the podium and the second camera will provide cut-away shots of the audience. KUSA Channel 9 will provide the pool cameras and will uplink the news conference for other stations on G-Star 4, transponder 15 full, standard audio. Uplink to the satellite will begin at 10:15 a.m. NO OTHER TELEVISION CAMERAS WILL BE ALLOWED IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
3. Space in Council Chambers is limited to about 150 seats.
4. Satellite trucks and other media vehicles may remain parked in the Municipal complex area for up to 2 hours following the news conference, after which time all parking regulations will be enforced.
The information which is planned for release on Thursday will be released at the news conference. The joint news conference will be aired live on Boulder Municipal Cable Channel 8.

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  Feb. 11, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:35 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 11, 1997 - Ramsey Update #26
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2 p.m., Feb. 11, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations 303-441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #26
Parameters for the Conduct of
Formal Police Interviews
Since this incident began, the Boulder Police Department has articulated to counsel for the Ramsey family the parameters for the conduct of formal police interviews. These parameters are the Boulder police department's standard operating procedures. Among these typical parameters are requirements that:
  1. parties be interviewed separately;
     
  2. interviews be conducted by Boulder police detectives at a time and location conducive to a productive interview;
     
  3. the interviews be video and/or audio taped;
     
  4. the person being interviewed may be represented by legal counsel and police officers advise them of their legal rights, including the right to not talk to police, and that they may exercise their rights at any time; and
     
  5. only the individual being interviewed, their legal counsel and police be present in the room during the interview.
     
The conversations and discussions with counsel for the Ramsey family concerning a formal interview continue. However, as of this week, counsel for the family have refused to consent to the parameters for formal police interviews. The interviews with the family have not been scheduled.

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  Feb. 7, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:34 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 07, 1997 - Ramsey Update #24
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 7, 1997
Contact:
Larry Wieda - 303-441-3327
Brad Harvey - 303-451-1146
Stacy Cornay - 303-651-6612
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #24
Boulder Crime Stoppers Announce
$100,000 Reward in Jonbenet Ramsey
Boulder County Crime Stoppers officials announced today that a reward fund totaling the amount of $100,000 has been established for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the murder of JonBonet Ramsey in December of 1996. Earlier reports stated that an award fund has been established by the Ramsey family in the amount of $50,000 and by a national publication in the in the amount of $50,000.
"This information is incorrect," notes Brad Harvey, co-chairman of the non-profit Crime Stoppers organization. "We have been working with the Ramsey family attorneys for the past several weeks as they worked to establish a foundation which will be responsible for the funds," he adds. The Crime Stoppers board of directors will direct the distribution of the funds and make any decisions concerning possible recipients.
The Crime Stoppers programs exist internationally and are designed to assist in solving difficult crimes. Due to the program's ability to take information anonymously, and provide rewards, the program has been very successful. The Ramsey family suggested using the program to assist with the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for the death of their daughter.
"Although this case is somewhat unusual, we hope to provide assistance that will lead to the eventual closure of the case," says Harvey. Individuals who have information that may be pertinent to the case should call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-444-3776. All callers remain anonymous.
Note: Officer Larry Wieda is the President of Crime Stoppers International. He is recognized world wide as an authority on the program. He is the coordinator of the Boulder County Crime Stoppers program.
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  Feb. 5, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:33 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 06, 1997 - Ramsey Update #23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 6, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations/303-441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #23
Police Seek Information on Author of Letter
Boulder Police today requested assistance from the Shreveport, Louisiana Police Department in attempting to locate the author of an anonymous letter sent to Boulder Police earlier this week. The letter was postmarked in late January, 1997 in Shreveport. The letter contained potentially significant information which is of interest to Boulder investigators.
Boulder Police have not determined if any field investigation trip to Louisiana will be necessary and at this point Boulder police simply want to make contact with the author of the letter to ask some follow-up questions.
The letter was one of the 600 letters Boulder Police have received regarding the Ramsey case. Police also have received over 1300 telephone calls regarding the case. These calls and letters are logged and assigned to follow-up as necessary. To date only 5% of the calls and letters have warranted some form of follow-up.
The author of this letter is asked to contact Boulder Police Detectives at 303-441-3330.
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  Feb. 5, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:32 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

Feb. 05, 1997 - Ramsey Update #22
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #22:
City Calculates Costs for Ramsey Investigation
City Manager Tim Honey today received an update on expenditures related to the Ramsey investigation. The police department has incurred expenses relating to overtime, travel and related investigative expenses.
1996 expenditures related to Ramsey case:
Item
Cost
Overtime Expenses (604.75 Hrs.)
$ 20,340.80
Travel Expenses
$ 248.38
Investigative Expense
$ 788.55
1996 Total
$ 21,377.73
 
 
1997 expenditures related to Ramsey case:
Item
Cost
Overtime Expenses
$ 40,842.79
Travel Expenses
$ 11,491.96
Investigative Expense
$ 4,251.90
1997 Total to Date
$ 56,586.65
 
The total expenditures for 1996 and for 1997,
through January 26, 1997,
are:   $ 77,964.38.
City Manager Tim Honey adds, "These figures need to be viewed within the overall context of the total Police Department budget of $14 million for 1997. The City's 1997 general fund budget for is $68 million. At this point in time, these expenditures do not necessitate any adjustment to our budget. These budgetary issues, as well as any other City budgetary issues, will be evaluated throughout the course of the year."
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