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Cord checked in Ramsey case
Nylon used in strangling bought locally, sources say
By MATT SEBASTIAN, Camera Staff Writer
Monday, March 9, 1998
Investigators are almost certain the nylon cord used to strangle JonBenét Ramsey came from a Boulder surplus store, sources have told the Daily Camera.
Detectives purchased the Boulder Army Store's entire stock of Stansport white nylon utility cord on May 22, and sent the samples to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for comparison to the rope found around the 6-year-old's neck and right wrist.
Shannon Long, co-owner of the Boulder Army Store, wouldn't talk on Friday about the police visit, although he confirmed detectives purchased the cord.
"Yeah, they came in - and whatever they bought, they bought," Long said.
The surplus store is at 1545 Pearl St., just past the east end of the Downtown Mall.
The 1/4-inch-wide Stansport cord - which comes packaged in lengths of 50 and 100 feet and often is used for camping or outdoor activities - also is available at McGuckin Hardware.
Sources said Boulder investigators only purchased the nylon cord from the Boulder Army Store, not at McGuckin Hardware.
When asked if investigators had bought quantities of Stansport cord, a McGuckin manager said, "We don't have any comment."
Cmdr. Mark Beckner, who is heading the Ramsey investigation team, could not be reached for comment Friday.
JonBenét Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her 15th Street home Dec. 26, 1996.
More than a year later, detectives have no suspects, although they have maintained the 6-year-old's parents remain "under an umbrella of suspicion."
Investigators have determined that the stick used to tighten the garrote around JonBenét's neck was a broken paintbrush found in an arts and crafts basket in the Ramseys' basement.
It is unclear if detectives have been able to ascertain whether the Stansport cord - like the paintbrush - was known to have been in the Ramsey home before the murder.
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