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3/11/1997

Report: Lack of print

Times-Call staff and wire reports

BOULDER -- The absence of footprints in the snow outside JonBenet Ramsey 's house helped turn investigators' attention to the slain girl's family, the Rocky Mountain News reported in today's editions.

Snow covered the ground on Dec. 26, the day the 6-year-old beauty queen's body was found in the basement of her family's luxury home. Police sources told the News that the first investigators who responded to mother Patsy Ramsey 's 911 call at 5:52 a.m. on Dec. 26 reported no fresh tracks leading to or from the house and no signs of forced entry.

Although police handled the crime as a possible kidnapping for more than seven hours -- until John Ramsey found his daughter's body -- investigators considered the absence of footprints significant, the sources said.

Police also recovered a ransom note discovered by Mrs. Ramsey . The note was reportedly written on a legal pad found in the home.

Meanwhile, District Attorney Alex Hunter on Monday assailed a supermarket tabloid's publication of more crime scene photos, but said the pictures will not hurt the investigation.

The Globe, a Florida-based supermarket tabloid, published eight pictures taken from inside the Ramsey home after the police completed their investigation.

``Publishing pictures of the scene where a small child was murdered is reprehensible behavior,'' Hunter said in a printed statement in which he refused to comment further.

One photo shows the concrete floor where JonBenet's body was found by her father.

Globe executives would not reveal where they obtained the photos, but added they were acquired legally.