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2/20/1997

Police still out of s

by Pam Regensberg
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER -- Boulder officials this morning denied that police were in Chicago as a part of the ever-broadening JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, but again refused to reveal the whereabouts of detectives.

``Detectives are out of state,'' city spokesman Kelvin McNeill said during a weekly media briefing. ``They are not in Chicago. They have not been to Chicago.''

McNeill added that Boulder police will pursue information in the case ``wherever it takes us.''

Officials did confirm, however, that Boulder police have asked the Cook County medical examiner's office in Chicago to seal the autopsy report and death certificate of Elizabeth Ramsey , John Ramsey 's daughter from his first marriage.

The 22-year-old Ramsey , one of John Ramsey 's three children from his first wife, died in a car accident near Chicago on Jan. 8, 1992. Her boyfriend, Matthew Derrington, the driver, was also killed in the collision.

McNeill said he could not say how Elizabeth Ramsey 's death and the contents of her autopsy report were relevant to the Boulder murder investigation.

He claimed he was prohibited from answering questions about sealing of the 1992 report because it has become a part of the murder investigation.

The sealing of that public document follows suit with the tight-lipped way the rest of the investigation has been conducted.

Authorities again said they do not have any suspects in the slaying of the 6-year-old Little Miss Colorado.

JonBenet was found Dec. 26 in her family's home.

She had been strangled, sexually assaulted and received a severe blow to her head.

A ransom note found by JonBenet's mother, Patricia ``Patsy'' Ramsey , demanded $118,000 for the safe return of the child.

A district attorney's office motion to extend a seal on search warrants of the Ramseys ' lavish Boulder home and their automobiles said the girl's family is not above suspicion.

``There are no arrests pending,'' McNeill said.

After eight weeks, police have conducted more than 115 formal interviews, but none with JonBenet's parents.

The Ramseys remain in seclusion and are not under any travel restrictions.

Meanwhile, authorities have enlisted the help of two high-profile consultants who testified in the O.J. Simpson double murder trial.

Criminal defense attorney and DNA expert Barry Scheck and forensic specialist Dr. Henry Lee will help in the investigation, District Attorney Alex Hunter announced last week.

In making his announcement last week, Hunter referred to a ``David vs. Goliath'' battle, saying his office could match the resources of anyone.

John Ramsey is the president of Access Graphics in Boulder, a computer products company that grossed more than $1 billion last year.

Hunter said, however, his choice of words were not meant to implicate the Ramseys .