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JonBenet Found
12/26/96 - ~1:00pm Arndt suggested to Fleet White that he and John Ramsey check the house from top to bottom.
12/26/96 - ~1:00pm John Ramsey & Fleet White Search Basement.
12/26/96 - 1:04pm JBR Body Found. John Ramsey entered the room first, turned on the light and, upon discovery of JonBenet's dead body, he exclaimed Oh my God, my baby.
12/26/96 - ~1:04pm Duct Tape Removed. JonBenet had black duct tape covering her mouth, a cord around her neck that was attached to a wooden garrote, and her hands were bound over her head in front of her; she was covered by a light-colored blanket. John Ramsey ripped the duct tape off her mouth and attempted to untie her hands.
12/26/96 - ~1:05pm Fleet White Calls for Ambulance. Within a few minutes of going into basement, Fleet White came running upstairs, grabbed the telephone in the back office located on the first floor, and yelled for someone to call an ambulance.
12/26/96 - 1:05pm Byfield Notified. BPD officer Jim Byfield is notified that JBR body had been found.
12/26/96 - 1:05pm John Ramsey carried JBR upstairs, setting her down on the floor. Though it's unclear why, Arndt then picked up the body again and moved it to the living room near the Christmas tree where Ramsey knelt beside her, repeating My little angel, over and over. Friends carried Patsy, too stunned to walk, over to the body.
12/26/96 - 1:05pm Arndt Requested Backup. Arndt quickly called for backup, declaring a Code Black --police lingo for murder--over the radio. The forensic team returned to the house.
12/26/96 - 1:05pm After the discovery of the body, Everett walked through the basement area of the house, including the wine cellar to attempt to determine if any person were present in the basement.
12/26/96 - 1:05pm Officer Barry Weiss, Sgt. Dave Kicera were dispatched back to the residence because the child's body had been located.
12/26/96 - 1:05pm Det. Arndt saw Fleet White run from the area of the basement door to the den.
12/26/96 - 1:12pm Det. Arndt grabbed a cellular phone in the kitchen and dialed 911 and reached dispatcher Santiago.
12/26/96 - 1:15pm Det. Arndt received a page from communications.
12/26/96 - ~1:20pm Officers Weiss and Everett, lead crime scene investigator, arrive between 1:05 pm and 1:30 pm
12/26/96 - 1:22pm Officer Morgan relayed Officer French from the BPD to the scene at 755 15th Street.
12/26/96 - 1:29pm Det. Arndt received a page stating her call was received by Weld County.
12/26/96 - 1:30pm John Ramsey phones Gary Merriman.
12/26/96 - 1:30pm Walker and Mason Searched Basement. Mason decides to secure the house.
12/26/96 - 1:30pm Priscilla White Calls Niece. Priscilla White calls her niece at the White home, to report the murder.
12/26/96 - 1:40pm John Calls Pilot. Det. Bill Palmer overheard John Ramsey making arrangements to fly to Atlanta over the phone at 13:40.
12/26/96 - ~1:45pm John Ramsey signed search form.
12/26/96 - ~1:45pm John Ramsey's children arrive.
12/26/96 - 1:45pm Ramseys Leave for Fernies. The Ramseys left their home to stay with the Fernies, including JR, PR, JAR, MR and her boyfriend SL. Attorney friend Mike Bynum advised them to get lawyers.
12/26/96 - 1:45pm Officer French leaves the residence for the second time and Officer Weiss and Shunk secured the front and back of the house.
12/26/96 - 1:45pm Sgt. Larry Mason arrives at Ramsey residence.
12/26/96 - 1:45pm FBI agent Ron Walker arrives at Ramsey residence.
12/26/96 - 1:50pm House Secured.
The Investigation Begins
12/26/96 - ~2:15pm Burke Interviewed Det. Patterson at the White's house; Burke reportedly had slept through the events of the previous night .
12/26/96 - 2:30pm Det. Arndt visits the Ramseys at the Fernies house.
12/26/96 - 2:35pm Ramsey residence was empty by this time.
12/26/96 - ~4:45pm John Ramsey hired Attorney Mike Bynum. Michael Bynum, John Ramsey's close friend and corporate attorney, who had been away snowshoeing, now arrived at the Fernies house. As he walked in, the family was kneeling in the living room praying with Rev. Hoverstock. John went for a walk with John Fernie in the hills. After returning, Ramsey asked Bynum to represent him.
12/26/96 - 6:50pm Officer Adams relieved Officer Morgan who was staying with the Ramseys.
12/26/96 - 7:11pm Officer Morgan leaves the Ramseys.
12/26/96 - 7:11pm Officer Scott Adams arrives and stays with the Ramseys.
12/26/96 - ~7:40pm John Ramsey takes a walk with John Fernie and Dr. Beuf.
12/26/96 - 7:50pm John Ramsey says I am sorry, I am so sorry while sobbing.
12/26/96 - 8:20pm Dr. Meyer entered the Ramsey residence at approximately 8:20pm according to his autopsy report.
12/26/96 - 8:20pm Police obtain search warrant for Ramsey premises and vehicles in Boulder.
12/26/96 - ~8:20pm Dr. Meyer viewed the body in the living room of the house. The decedent was laying on her back on the floor, covered by a blanket and a Colorado Avalanche sweatshirt. On removing these two items from the top of the body the decedent was found to be lying on her back with her arms extended up over her head. The head was turned to the right. A brief examination of the body disclosed a ligature around the neck and a ligature around the right wrist. Also noted was a small area of abrasion or contusion below the right ear on the lateral aspect of the right cheek. A prominent dried abrasion was present on the lower left neck.
12/26/96 - ~8:30pm After examining the body, Dr. Meyer left the residence at approximately 8:30 p.m.
12/26/96 - 9:00pm John Ramsey laid down with Patsy.
12/26/96 - 9:15pm John Ramsey left to go to DIA to pick up his brother Jeff from Atlanta.
12/26/96 - 9:20pm Officer Scott Adams briefed Commander Eller.
12/26/96 - 10:25pm Patsy got up and asked where her husband was and where her son was. She then sobbed. Why did they do this? Why did they do this? She asked for valium.
12/26/96 - 10:28pm Patsy's sisters and brother-in-law arrive at the house.
12/26/96 - ~10:30pm Patsy Ramsey emerged from the east bedroom at 1950 Teacup.
12/26/96 - 10:45pm JBR body removed from house.
12/26/96 - 11:44pm Detective Arndt Left. Detective Linda Arndt was last to leave the house.
12/27/96 - 00:01am John Ramsey returned from the airport.
12/27/96 - 00:05am Both Patsy and John get valium.
12/27/96 - 00:20am John and Patsy Ramsey fall asleep on the living room floor.
12/27/96 - 1:50am Patsy gets up and asks if someone is with her son, Burke. She also asked for more pills and says I just want to stay asleep. She also asks if all the doors and windows are locked. She is drowsy and drugged.
12/27/96 - 2:00am Patsy gets up to go to the bathroom. She is drowsy and dazed. Sobs every once in a while. At times needs to be supported.
12/27/96 - 2:35am Patsy Ramsey goes back to bed.
12/27/96 - 2:40am John Ramsey gets up and asks for two pills and walks around crying.
12/27/96 - 2:45am John Ramsey goes back to bed.
12/27/96 - 2:50am John Ramsey is back up, crying and sobbing at times.
12/27/96 - 3:50am Officer Barklow relieved Officer Scott Adams.
12/27/96 - 3:50am Officer Barklow arrives and is briefed.
12/27/96 - 4:05am Officer Adams clears scene.
12/27/96 - 4:15am Officer Adams briefed Reichenbach.
The Autopsy & Funeral
12/27/96 - 8:15am Autopsy. Autopsy conducted at 8:15 AM by Dr. John Meyer, Boulder County Coroner with Det. Linda Arndt and Det. Tom Trujillo in attendance.
12/27/96 - 15:00pm Second Boulder Search Warrant. Police obtained search warrant for Ramsey house in Boulder. An inventory of property taken is included on pp. 5-7 of that warrant, but a transcribed version including links to photos of selected objects is at acandyrose.com.
12/27/96 - ~7:00pm JR Visits Crist Mortuary. JR goes to Crist Mortuary to make funeral and transportation arrangements.
12/27/96 - ~21:30pm Arndt/Mason Interview John Ramsey. Det. Linda Arndt and Sgt Larry Mason go to the Fernie residence and talk to JR. Also in the room are Jeff R, R Westmoreland, M Bynum and Dr Beuff. JR tells them there will be a private memorial service in Boulder on Sunday at 2pm after which they will be flying to Atlanta and JBR's funeral will be held on Tuesday. LA says she will telephone Sat am to arrange interviews for JR & PR.
12/27/96 - ~8:00p Ramseys at Fernies. Ramseys stayed at John and Barbara Fernie house.
12/27/96 - ~8:00pm BPD Press Release: Update on Homicide Investigation.
12/28/96 - ~12:00pm Ramsey family goes to Boulder police station to answer questions and give samples of hair, blood and handwriting. These include John Ramsey, John Andrew Ramsey and Burke Ramsey. They were accompanied by an attorney from Haddon, Morgan & Foreman).
12/28/96 - ~12:00pm Shortly after noon that Saturday, without consulting John or Patsy, Bynum told Detective Arndt that the Ramseys would not give any more testimonial evidence without a criminal attorney present, and they would no longer share privileged information with the police. Since he was no longer a criminal attorney, Bynum called Bryan Morgan of Haddon, Morgan and Foreman in Denver, one of Colorado's top firms. By Saturday evening the Ramseys had retained Morgan.
12/28/96 - ~1:00pm Pam Paugh Retrieves Items from Ramsey Home. Patsy Ramsey's sister, Pam Paugh, returned to the Ramsey house to get some personal belongings, some clothing, and some things appropriate for JonBenet's burial.
12/28/96 - ~1:00pm PR chooses her funeral outfit from a selection of outfits sent to her by a local store.
12/28/96 - ~1:00pm The Ramseys met with attorneys Bryan Morgan and Patrick Burke at the Fernies.
12/28/96 - ~1:00pm In a telephone conversation, the DA chief trial deputy, Peter Hofstrom, asked Meyer if there was any medical reason to retain custody of the body. He said no, he had decided to release the body on Dec. 29, before investigators made their inquiry.
12/28/96 - ~1:00pm BPD issue Press Release: Ramsey Update #03.
12/29/96 - ~8:00am Big Red Boat Cruise. This is the day the Ramseys originally had planned to take their first cruise on Disney's Big Red Boat in celebration of Patsy's 40th birthday on this day.
12/29/96 - 2:00pm Memorial Service in Boulder. About 200 family members and friends gathered Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Boulder to mourn the girl's death.
12/29/96 - ~4:00pm Ramseys Flew to Marietta, GA. The family flew to Marietta Georgia, in a private jet, piloted by John Ramsey, for JonBenet's funeral .
12/28/96 - ~4:00pm BPD Press Release: Ramsey Update #04.
12/28/96 - 5:00pm Third Boulder Search Warrant. Police obtained search warrant for Ramsey house in Boulder. An inventory of property taken is included.
12/30/96 - 12:00pm Visitation at Funeral Home. 300 Friends and family visited JonBenet at Mayes-Ward Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta, Georgia.
12/30/96 - ~3:00pm Ramseys Hired Attorneys. John Ramsey hired a prominent criminal attorney, Bryan Morgan, and Patsy hired his partner, Patrick Burke. Patrick Korten received a call from Hal Haddon, Bryan Morgan's other partner, and became the Ramsey family official spokesperson.
12/30/96 - ~12:00pm BPD Press Release: Ramsey Update #05.
12/31/96 - ~1:00pm JBR Funeral Following a funeral at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, JBR was buried in Marietta, GA; she was wearing a pageant gown and glittering tiara.

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