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2/11/2003

Boulder police end investigation of Ramsey slaying

The Associated Press

DENVER — The Boulder Police Department said Monday it has ended its investigation of the JonBenet Ramsey murder, handing over the case to the district attorney’s office.

Police Chief Mark Beckner confirmed that his department’s only involvement in the case would be to provide new leads to prosecutors or provide assistance if requested.

The decision to shift the investigation to the district attorney helped avoid a lawsuit by Ramsey ’s parents, John and Patsy. Their lawyer, L. Lin Wood, had said police ignored leads about the Dec. 26, 1996, slaying.

“I suspect this is unprecedented in modern law enforcement to have an unsolved active investigation taken away from a police department,” Wood said in a phone interview from Atlanta.

The Ramseys have denied any involvement in JonBenet’s death, saying an intruder killed their 6-year-old daughter. They moved to the Atlanta area after the slaying.

Newly elected District Attorney Mary Keenan agreed in December to reopen the investigation and focus on new leads.