Associated Press
December 30, 1999

Prosecutors Seek Ramsey Probe Funds

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Prosecutors are asking for $24,000 to continue investigating the 1996 death of JonBenet Ramsey through March.

The request by Boulder County District Attorney Alex Hunter will be reviewed by county commissioners on Jan. 6. Officials said the money would pay for expert witnesses, travel and salaries.

Assistant District Attorney Bill Wise called the funding request ``very speculative,'' saying it doesn't mean work necessarily will continue through March. But he said it shows the case is still active as police and prosecutors await results of forensic tests.

Boulder County has spent approximately $600,000 on the Ramsey investigation, budget director Margaret Parish said Wednesday. The city of Boulder's expenses surpass $1.3 million.

The 6-year-old girl was found dead in the basement of her Boulder home on Dec. 26, 1996. No one has been charged in her death, but Hunter said her parents are suspects. John and Patsy Ramsey have moved to Atlanta.

A 12-person grand jury disbanded on Oct. 13, with Hunter announcing he would not file charges in the death.

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