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January 15, 1997

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ A photo lab employee and another person are suspected of leaking the JonBenet Ramsey crime-scene photos that were published in a supermarket tabloid.

Police on Wednesday were expected to announce the arrests of the employee of Photo Craft Laboratories, which routinely processed coroner’s office photos, and a person outside the lab accused of giving the photos to The Globe.

Authorities have said whoever leaked the pictures could face theft charges.

The Globe published five of the crime-scene photos Monday. They showed a garrote _ a cord-wrapped stick that might have been used to strangle 6-year-old JonBenet _ and a rope around one of her wrists.

``The employee was a trusted staff member who had been producing work for the coroner’s office for many years,″ Photo Craft President Roy M. McCutchen said in a statement. He said the lab employee had been fired and the other person was from outside the company.

``It is with the deepest sincerity that I extend to my community and to the Ramsey family my apology for this horrible situation,″ McCutchen said. ``This employee was clearly operating outside the knowledge of management and at odds to written company policy.″

On Tuesday, The Globe agreed to return the five photos and two others it had not published. Boulder County then dropped a lawsuit aimed at blocking the 1.3-million-circulation weekly from running any more of the pictures.

The agreement permits the Boca Raton, Fla., weekly to republish photos it already has used and allows it to run any material it obtains in the future.

JonBenet, who was the 1995 Little Miss Colorado, was found strangled in the basement of her home Dec. 26 after her mother reported finding a ransom note on a stairway. News reports said the girl was sexually assaulted. No arrests have been made.

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