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  April 8, 1997 - John Brewer Eustace, Charlotte, NC
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:43 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

April 08, 1997 - Ramsey Update #37
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Investigation Update #37
Boulder Police today confirmed that Detectives Steve Thomas and Ron Gosage visited Charlotte, North Carolina to follow up on the Ramsey investigation. The detectives were in Charlotte April 6 and 7. Charlotte Police contacted Boulder Police following their arrest of John Brewer Eustice because of similarities in his case and that of JonBenet Ramsey. Following an extensive interview with Eustice, Detectives Thomas and Gosage were able to conclusively rule him out as a suspect in the Ramsey case. Detective Commander John Eller adds, “We are appreciative of this help from the Charlotte Police Department, as we have been of other law enforcement agencies throughout this investigation.”
Detectives from the Boulder Police Department are currently in the Atlanta area continuing to gather information.
Eller explains, “Right now we’re in an analytical phase of the investigation. As we read through over 200 interviews and review material, our investigators will be in and out of state on a myriad of tasks, but we’re not going to provide an itinerary. We have indicated throughout this case that we will talk to experts and interview people who may have information. That will occasionally take us out of state. However, there have been instances where people decided not to talk with our detectives because of the attention this case is receiving. Obviously, that does not help move the case forward.”
Other updates:
DNA testing continues at Cellmark Diagnostics in Maryland. Completion of tests and analysis is expected in four to six weeks.
CRIMSTOPPERS continues to monitor calls on the Ramsey case. In Colorado, people with information can call (303) 440STOP or from outside Colorado, call 18004443776.
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  April 3, 1997 - update, DNA and more
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:43 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

April 03, 1997 - Ramsey Update #36
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Briefing for April 3, 1997
Release #36
The following updates were presented at the weekly City of Boulder briefing on the Ramsey investigation:
Cellmark Update
The District Attorney has sent formal authorization to Cellmark Diagnostics to proceed with the testing of material sent on March 4. This authorization was sent once the Ramsey family declined to have someone present at the testing. Testing at Cellmark has begun and normally this testing takes a minimum of 6 weeks to complete.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation Update
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is still conducting tests on material collected by Boulder Police during this investigation. The CBI has been given substantial samples to analyze and that work continues.
Status of the Investigation
Boulder Police and the DA's Office will be reviewing thousands of pages of material that has been gathered during this case. Boulder Police continue to follow up on leads, conduct interviews. and await test results from CBI and Cellmark. Boulder Police. The DA's Office and Police will consult with other professionals as needed and they remain focused on the investigation into the death of JonBenet Ramsey.
During this phase of the investigation we plan to discontinue our weekly updates and will instead provide information in a written form.
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  March 20, 1997 meetings with Ramsey PIs, handwriting, costs
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:42 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

March 20, 1997 - Ramsey Update #35
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / 303-441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #35
Update for March 20
Boulder Police have conducted more than 176 formal police interviews both in Colorado and out of state. The investigation is on track and moving forward. Currently no police investigators are out of state.
  • The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) continues to analyze handwriting samples, including those provided by Mrs. Patricia Ramsey. The Boulder Police Department has given substantial samples to CBI for analysis and CBI is working on this analysis on a daily basis. The examination of non-testimonial samples continues to be extended as new samples are taken as needed and as police talk to other people who may have had access to the crime scene.
     
  • The material sent to Cellmark on March 4 is in the analysis process. Police will be advised when the tests are completed. Typically these tests take four to six weeks to complete.
     
  • Boulder Police did initiate a request to meet with the private investigators who have been retained by the legal counsel for the Ramsey parents. Two of such meetings were held in the past week. Boulder Police will talk with anyone who may have information of use in this investigation.
     
  • Police investigative expenses to date:
    Total expenditures since Dec. 1996: $110,071.68
    Some expenses include:
    Police over time (thru 3/9/97) $63,336.86
    1,777 overtime hours in 1997
    Travel (thru 2/28/97) $17,769.28
    Investigative (thru 3/1/97) $5,843.60
     
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  March 10, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:41 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

March 10, 1997 - Ramsey Update #34
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm/Kelvin McNeill
Media Relations / (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Case News Release #34
City confirms Dr. Lee's visit to Boulder
Boulder Police today confirmed that Dr. Henry Lee was in Boulder, Colorado on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 to review material in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation.
Criminologist Dr. Henry Lee is the Director of the Connecticut State Police Lab. He is a member of the JonBenet Ramsey homicide Expert Prosecution Task Force as 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. Dr. Lee has since returned to Connecticut.
-CITY-

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  March 7, 1997
Posted by: jameson245 - 01-30-2017, 03:41 PM - Forum: Press Releases /Official statements - No Replies

March 07, 1997 - Ramsey Update #33
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 1997
Contact:
Leslie Aaholm, Media Relations, (303) 441-3090
Ramsey Case New Release Index

Ramsey Update #33
(Sent out over AP wire)
Boulder Police today confirmed that a detective flew to Charlevoix, Michigan and executed a search warrant at the Ramsey's summer home. The detective has returned to Colorado. Information on the purpose of the search warrant or the results of that warrant will not be available.
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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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