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2/12/1997

Trail leads back to G

by Pam Regensberg
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER -- Police investigating the JonBenet Ramsey murder case are heading back to Georgia to interview the Ramseys ' family and friends, city officials said this morning.

Officials, however, declined to specify how many Boulder officers are headed to Atlanta, when they would leave or when they would return.

``In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we'll go re-interview and interview new people as needed,'' Boulder city spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm said.

Boulder detectives went to Roswell, Ga., immediately after the 6-year-old beauty queen was found strangled in the basement of her family's home on Dec. 26.

Authorities said the child had been strangled. Media reports stated she had been sexually assaulted and suffered a fractured skull.

A coroner's report that was completed Tuesday will likely answer many questions about the 1995 Little Miss Colorado's death. City and county officials want to keep the document sealed until the investigation is near completion.

Nevertheless, police are continuing their investigation that is now in day 49. Police continue to say no arrest is imminent but hope their return trip to Georgia will yield more answers in the ongoing investigation.

During their first trip to Georgia, officers questioned JonBenet's grandparents, Donald and Nedra Paugh. This time, however, police are not releasing information about whom they intend to interview.

Aaholm also confirmed that police have asked the Ramseys to submit more handwriting samples.

``They've provided them before, they have been very cooperative,'' she said regarding the handwriting samples. Aaholm could not say if police want the Ramseys to write specific words.

Meanwhile, JonBenet's parents, John and Patricia ``Patsy'' Ramsey , have not submitted to a formal police interview.

Patsy Ramsey , however, met with a Boulder County sheriff's deputy Monday to give her statement about the alleged felony menacing that led to the arrest Monday of Jay Lowell Elowsky, owner of the Boulder restaurant Pasta Jay's.

The Ramseys have apparently been staying with Elowsky to avoid the intense media coverage.