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    >>> the stories we're following far and wide. the body of the 6-year-old pageant queen was found in the family basement in 1996 . investigators say they're launching a fresh round of interviews that could provide clues as to who killed john ben nat ramsey . craig silver served as chief deputy district attorney for six years. what do you make of this, looking at a possible new lead so long after she was killed?

    >> wow, it's really interesting. dna may be a part of this. there's a new sheriff in boulder. more accurately a more district attorney. people who follow jonbenet remember al ex-hunter. he had his problems as boultder d.a. mary lacey and the jean marc hart fiasco, that wasn't too good. stan garnet is quite intelligent, very ambitious. i think he'd like to solve this jonbenet ramsey case.

    >> here is where we stand right now. in 2008 dna evidence had cleared all the family members. jonbenet 's brother, burke, was 9 years old at the time of her death. now he's 23 and reportedly police believe burke may have some childhood memory that they could trigger or unlock. how extensive was the questioning at the time?

    >> the ramsey family was protected by feernattorneys. in fairness burke was never a suspect. jonbenet was strangled by ligature, a very sophisticated ransom note . it could not have been the 9-year-old boy.

    >> what do you make of this whole attempt to try to trigger a memory from him that could lead them to the killer?

    >> you never know. it could be not so much a hidden memory, just putting together the facts of that day. after all, burke ramsey was one of the few individuals we know was in that house in boulder on christmas, 1996 when his little sister was killed.

    >> craig silverman , good to talk to you, thanks.

updated 10/4/2010 4:39:53 PM ET 2010-10-04T20:39:53

Police investigating the death of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey are conducting a new round of interviews, based on recommendations from an advisory committee.

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The committee, which included investigators from several state and federal agencies, met in 2009 after police took the lead in the case back from Boulder County prosecutors.

Members reviewed evidence in the death of 6-year-old JonBenet, whose body was found bludgeoned and strangled in her family's home in Boulder on Dec. 26, 1996. Former District Attorney Mary Lacy said in 2008 that evidence suggests the killer was an unknown stranger, not a family member.

Police Chief Mark Beckner wouldn't reveal details about the continuing investigation or who police want to interview now.

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"We continue to work the Ramsey case and have tailored our investigation based on recommendations from our 2009 advisory committee," Beckner told the Camera newspaper. "This has included additional contacts and interviews with those who may have information pertinent to the case."

JonBenet's older brother Burke, who was 9 when JonBenet died, was contacted by police but hasn't been interviewed yet, Ramsey family attorney Lin Wood said.

"I understand that they met with Burke and gave him a card and said, 'If you want to talk to us, here's how you would contact me,'" Wood said. "But the police have not interviewed Burke."

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JonBenet Ramsey's mother, Patsy, died of cancer in 2006. Her father, John, made a public plea last December for people to share any suspicions they had around the time JonBenet died.

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"Whatever the reason for any type of approach with Burke, it would have nothing to do with the case other than with the reality that John and Burke could help the Boulder police as witnesses in the investigation," Wood said. "For all I know, they have gotten some tip and think Burke could give them some information."

Denver defense attorney and legal analyst Scott Robinson said it would be premature to assume that police have new information.

"But it would be absolutely accurate to say they're not letting this case lie," he said.

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