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Police Seek Samples Of Handwriting Visit Ramseys’ Summer Home For Mom’s ‘Unrehearsed’ Writing

The investigation into the death of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has led police back to the family’s summer home in Michigan, where they looked for more handwriting samples, The Denver Post reported Saturday.

Police combed the summer home of John and Patsy Ramsey in Charlevoix, Mich., for at least the second time since the murder, looking for “unrehearsed” samples of Patsy Ramsey’s writing, the Post said.

Citing unidentified sources, the newspaper said investigators are seeking examples of her handwriting before the murder because medication she has been taking since the killing has altered her handwriting.

The Ramseys and others have voluntarily provided handwriting samples to compare with a ransom note discovered in the family home eight hours before the little girl’s body was found in the basement Dec. 26.

The girl’s mother found the note; her father found the body.

Handwriting experts have concluded John Ramsey did not write the note demanding $118,000 for his daughter, but analysis has been inconclusive on three samples submitted by his wife, according to published reports.

Boulder spokeswoman Leslie Aaholm confirmed the visit for the Post but would not divulge the purpose of the warrant or any search results.

Michigan prosecutor Mary Beth Kur, who secured the search warrant for Boulder police, said Boulder Detective Jane Harmer spent about one hour in the Charlevoix home on Thursday.

“It would have to be something different than they were seeking (the first time) because the law doesn’t allow you to go in twice for the same thing,” Kur told the Post.

The affidavit and search warrant, which would reveal what was taken as evidence, have been sealed.

Boulder investigators first searched the summer home in up-state Michigan in early January.

No suspects have been named in the case. Police said the two children of John Ramsey from a previous marriage have confirmed alibis.



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