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1/9/1997

Two weeks of police silence

by Pam Regensberg
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER -- Two weeks after a 6-year-old beauty princess was found murdered in her family's lavish home in Boulder, the country still knows little about what happened.

Police aren't talking and neither are JonBenet Ramsey 's parents, John Ramsey , 53, and Patricia ``Patsy'' Ramsey , 39. The Ramseys still haven't submitted to a face-to-face interview with Boulder police.

Reports today, however, say a 911 call was placed from the Ramsey home three days before the 6-year-old beauty queen was found dead in the basement.

Police records show the emergency call was placed at 6:48 p.m. on Dec. 23, but the caller hung up before talking to a dispatcher.

When police attempted to call back six minutes later, the call reached a voice mail, the records show.

About 5 minutes later a police officer was sent to the home to check out the call, but left the scene within a few minutes without filing a report, according to the police records.

A complaint was never filed as a result of the call and it was not clear if it was related to the death of JonBenet, whose body was found Dec. 26.

Police declined to comment.

What we don't know unquestionably outweighs what has been reported in newspapers, on TV and on the radio.

Boulder police have confirmed only that the child died of strangulation and that a ransom note was found in a back staircase at the home.

Here's what has been confirmed by police:

* Patsy Ramsey called 911 at 5:52 a.m., Dec. 26, to report that her daughter had been kidnapped and that she found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for the safe return of JonBenet.

* At 1:30 p.m., acting on what he said was a police suggestion, John Ramsey searched his house and found his daughter's body in a basement room.

* Investigators subsequently searched the home at 755 15th St. and the Ramseys ' vacation home in Charlevoix, Mich. Judges in both states sealed the warrants, leaving the public in the dark as to what police were looking for.

* Handwriting, blood and hair samples were taken from members of JonBenet's family.

* Her two older half siblings were out of state at the time of the slaying.

* The Ramseys flew on their private jet to the Atlanta area where they buried JonBenet.

* John and Patricia Ramsey went on Cable News Network Jan. 1. During that interview, Patsy Ramsey warned the residents of Boulder that ``There is a killer on the loose ... I would tell my friends to keep your babies close to you.''

* The Ramseys have hired a Washington, D.C. publicist, two prominent criminal attorneys and a well-known Denver private investigator.

* Police obtained a search warrant for the family's garage and automobiles.

That's what we know. Now, here's what's being reported as fact by media throughout the country quoting ``sources close to the investigation.'' The Boulder Police has not publicly confirmed the information:

* The 1995 Little Miss Colorado was sexually assaulted or sexually abused.

* JonBenet was found with duct tape over her mouth and a cord around her neck and wrist. Her skull was fractured.

* Authorities found a ``practice'' ransom note in the house.

* Police found no signs of forced entry into the home.

* The alarm system at the Ramseys ' home was not operating at the time of the crime.

* Investigators believe they found -- inside the Ramseys ' 15-room Tudor home -- the legal pad on which the ransom note was written.

* Some reports said the author of the note appeared to be trying to disguise his or her handwriting in the first part of the three-page statement but later abandoned those attempts.

* One TV reporter said a handwriting analysis of the ransom note rules out the members of the family.

* In the initial stages of the ``kidnapping'' investigation, police did search the basement but did not find the body.

* Police interviewed a known pedophile that lives in the area.

Countless questions, however, remain unanswered. Police have not said what happened in the Ramsey home during the eight hours following the 911 call to the time JonBenet's body was located.

Boulder police Chief Tom Koby -- whose department has been highly criticized for its handling of the murder investigation -- will answer questions tonight from five reporters who were handpicked by city officials to participate in roundtable discussion about the homicide investigation.

The discussion will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on Boulder Municipal Cable Channel 8 and Channel 12 in Longmont.