- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 2, 2006

DENVER (AP) — The Boulder, Colo., police chief has defended his department’s investigation of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey in several published reports, saying more than 160 possible suspects were investigated and $2 million spent.

Chief Mark Beckner’s defense came in interviews with KCNC-TV, the Daily Camera of Boulder, the Rocky Mountain News on Friday and in a statement posted on the Boulder police Web site. Three lawyers who worked with the police on the case also defended the department in the statement.

The department said nothing about the recent arrest of John Mark Karr, who was cleared by DNA tests in the Ramsey case and remains in custody in Boulder, awaiting extradition to California to face child pornography charges.

“A few people have accused the department of focusing too narrowly in its investigation of this homicide when that was not the case,” Chief Beckner said.

The Ramsey family has criticized police, saying the department focused on them at the exclusion of evidence that an intruder killed the 6-year-old beauty queen in December 1996. Chief Beckner told the Rocky Mountain News the notion that police didn’t look hard at other suspects was “an urban myth.”

Chief Beckner did not immediately return a call to his home seeking comment.

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