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Boulder Police Seek Beating Suspect

December 24, 1997

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ Nearly a year after JonBenet Ramsey was killed here, police were investigating the death of a University of Colorado student who was beaten and dumped near her home.

Susannah Chase, 23, of Stamford, Conn., died late Monday, nearly 48 hours after she was beaten beyond recognition and found in an alley a block from where she lived.

Police said preliminary evidence seemed to rule out robbery and sexual assault as motives. Authorities found a metal, bloodstained baseball bat near the site, but have not yet determined whether it was the weapon used.

``We are taking this very seriously,″ said Police Cmdr. John Eller. ``We do have someone at large who has committed a violent act. ... We are looking at anything that is vaguely similar to this.″

Authorities have reportedly interviewed and released a homeless man, Chase’s boyfriend and a third man accused of attacking at least one other female student at Colorado this fall.

Boulder, about 30 miles northwest of Denver, has been the focus of an intense investigation after JonBenet was found strangled in the basement of her family’s home the day after Christmas last year.

Earlier this year in Boulder, criminology professor Cynthia Jakob-Chien, 43, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing her estranged husband, Ruediger Jakob-Chien, as he retrieved his belongings from the couple’s home May 9.

A police officer who was asked to stand by heard the gunshots. Mrs. Jakob-Chien was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

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