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Ramsey probe could ex

by B.J.Plasket
Daily Times-Call

BOULDER District Attorney Alex Hunter on Thursday indicated the Ramsey investigation may not be done when the grand jury's term ends on Oct. 20.

"We're not going to handicap ourselves with Oct. 20," he said, adding those working on the case are "not feeling the public pressure" to finish the nearly 32-month-old investigation.

Hunter made the remarks after a brief appearance before the county commissioners, who quickly and without debate approved his request for $56,999 to fund the grand jury probe for three more months.

When asked if the grand jury would complete its work by late October, Hunter declined to answer.

"I really can't speak to that," he said. "I don't want to get people's hopes up or down."

Calling the unsolved 1996 slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey "a sad mystery," Hunter reiterated many of the statements he made before the police handed him the case in June 1998.

Hunter said he has confidence in both the lawyers and the detectives working on the case, which he characterized as "moving forward."

Referring to the investigation as a "difficult road," he praised the county for its continued funding.

"It is a legitimate request," he said of the new appropriation.

While refusing to say if he expects an indictment in the case, Hunter reiterated his earlier statement that "We are following the evidence."

He also refused to say when the grand jury, which hasn't met in more than two months, will meet again.

"We have forensic work and other work being done," he said.

Hunter also refused to say if JonBenet's parents, John and Patsy Ramsey , are still the focus of the investigation.

The seven-term DA also cautioned against speculation in the case and said, "We cannot allow ourselves to get tired; we must not allow ourselves to get worn down."