Ramsey autopsy indicates head injuries, sexual assault Judge releases portions of coroner's report

February 15, 1997|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

BOULDER, Colo. -- A Boulder County district judge released portions of the autopsy of JonBenet Ramsey yesterday, indicating that the 6-year-old beauty princess was not only strangled but also suffered severe head injuries and some kind of sexual assault.

The judge, Carol Glowinsky, issued a truncated version of the coroner's report, ruling that "release of certain portions of the autopsy report of JonBenet Ramsey would substantially injure the public interest."

The portions made public do not give the time of death or the location of the body. Prosecutors argued that the release of such information would hamper their search for the killer.

An arrest in the killing Dec. 25 might be as far away as summer, Boulder officials suggested on Thursday at a news conference.

"We could be looking at several months before completing this investigation," Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby said. "We are in this for the long haul."

In a case that appears to be largely built on circumstantial evidence, DNA evidence that has already been tested at state laboratory in Colorado will be sent to a private laboratory in Maryland for rechecking.

Boulder officials said they had assembled "an expert prosecution task force" including two members of O. J. Simpson's defense team, which won his acquittal on criminal charges.

They also hinted that the suspect might be wealthy. An assistant district attorney let slip in a briefing to Boulder County commissioners: "One of the suspects has money."

The comment came as the prosecutor, Bill Wise, was trying to justify the $250,000 that the district attorney's office has budgeted for the case.

Through a spokesman, the Ramseys said they were "encouraged by the decision of Boulder law-enforcement officials to put significant additional resources into their investigation." The Ramseys have contributed $50,000 to a $100,000 reward.

Since the murder, the Ramseys have declined to submit to formal videotaped interviews with detectives at the Boulder Police Department. They have, however, submitted handwriting samples, including copies in their own writing of the three-page ransom note that was found in the Ramsey home on Dec. 26.

The Ramseys have been shuttling among the houses of friends. Yesterday, a moving company removed furniture from the house where their daughter died.

Pub Date: 2/15/97

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