Associated Press
November 16, 1999

Ramseys Want Probe To Continue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The parents of JonBenet Ramsey said they hope the investigation into their 6-year-old daughter's murder continues, and that publication of their forthcoming book helps fuel it.

``If the publicity from this book keeps it hot, keeps it on the minds and on the forefront of the public, great,'' Patsy Ramsey told WSMV-TV in an interview broadcast Tuesday night. ``Because somewhere out there is a killer and we're going to find out who that is.''

JonBenet's strangled and beaten body was found in the basement of the family's Boulder, Colo., home in December 1996. Authorities say she also may have been sexually assaulted.

A grand jury last month ended its 13-month investigation without an indictment, but Colorado authorities say the Ramseys remain under suspicion.

``What we wanted and what we continue to want is that the investigation continues, that it be staffed with people that are really experienced in homicides and this type of crime,'' John Ramsey said.

Boulder authorities acknowledge having little money to continue the investigation.

The Ramseys had not spoken publicly in more than a year but agreed to the interview to promote their book about JonBenet, tentatively titled ``The Death of Innocence.'' It is due out in March from Nashville-based Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Ramseys declined to directly discuss their daughter's murder during the interview with WSMV-TV, but talked about its impact on their lives, especially the intense international media coverage.

Dateline NBC is scheduled to air excerpts of the interview Friday.

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