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Source: Cops lose job

by Pam Regensberg
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER -- A knowledgeable source says Boulder police -- worried about information getting out about the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation -- have an in-house team trying to plug leaks.

The source also took issue with Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby's assertion that recent news leaks have been inaccurate.

In an attempt to keep the investigation secret, Boulder police officials have reportedly told officers they would lose their jobs if they spoke to reporters, the source said.

``It's a terrible waste of resources,'' the source said of the in-house efforts.

Internal investigators have also asked at least two local reporters to reveal their sources, the person added. One reporter maintained the confidence, while the other did not.

Koby denied that there is such an investigation, but added an inquiry took place early in the murder investigation. That inquiry led to Sgt. Larry Mason's removal from the case. Mason reportedly provided information to the media.

The source added, however, that there has not been much discussion about the internal investigation in the last two weeks.

``We don't have any leaks right now,'' Koby said. ``Most of the stuff hitting the media is bogus.''

Koby said that the source may be ``confusing things'' with the earlier investigation.

``We did go out and interview a lot of media people to try and clear the rumors and innuendo,'' Koby said about the internal investigation surrounding Mason's reassignment.

Since then, police have not been concerned with leaks, he added. Koby, however, could not say when the in-house investigation was halted.

Despite Koby's assertions, details of the case are still being slowly leaked.

The source, who spoke to Daily Times-Call on the condition of anonymity, also disagreed with Koby's comments that recent leaks about the investigation have nearly all been wrong.

``There ain't been anything right in quite a while,'' Koby said about recent news reports.

But the Times-Call's source said much of what has been reported has been on target. However, the person declined to say which reports were accurate.

Meanwhile, the Boulder police department reported it has spent $77,964 through Jan. 26 on the murder investigation of the 6-year-old beauty queen. Her body was found Dec. 26 in the basement at her family's lavish Boulder home. Authorities said she was strangled.

The investigation has cost $61,183.59 in overtime for investigators and $11,740,34 for travel expenses to Georgia and to Charlevoix, Mich., where the Ramsey family has relatives and a summer home.

Police have not made any arrests in the slaying and have not interviewed JonBenet's parents, John and Patricia ``Patsy'' Ramsey .