Ex-police chief: JonBenet Ramsey crime scene was mishandled

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — In his most extensive comments on the JonBenet Ramsey case, former Boulder, Colorado, police Chief Mark Beckner says officers botched the initial handling of the crime scene.

Beckner participated Saturday in an “Ask Me Anything” session on the social-networking and news site Reddit. He told the Daily Camera on Tuesday that he didn’t realize his comments would filter out to the rest of the world.

Six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her home on Dec. 26, 1996. Her mother, Patsy, called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been found.

Beckner says police should have separated JonBenet’s parents and gotten full statements that day. He says police were short-staffed for the holiday and faced an unprecedented case.

No one has been prosecuted in the killing.

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