The people of Boulder who have lived with this story for three years wasted no time in voicing their frustration, anger and sympathy for a child who became more famous in death than life, reports CBS News Correspondent Maureen Maher.
"What looks obvious to everyone else in the world seems to escape them," said a local resident.
"I just think itÂ's crazy that people are still interested in someone elseÂ's family, and someone elseÂ's life and someone elseÂ's business," said a Boulder student.
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens said he is not disappointed in the jury's work.
"IÂ'm disappointed, like all of Colorado, that three years after the murder we havenÂ't been able to find the killer or killers of this little girl," Owens said.
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The governor said he would be reviewing the evidence in the case over the next few days.
"WeÂ're disappointed in the lack of closure in this case," Owens said.
Bob Grant, an adviser to the Boulder district attorney during the investigation, echoed the governor's comments.
"I donÂ't think thereÂ's anybody here in Boulder Â— anybody in this state Â— that is satisfied with the fact that in just about three years of investigation there has been insufficient evidence developed to bring anybody into the dock of justice," Grant said.
But in America, murder, money and mystery are a business. For nearly three years, print, TV and film crews have been uninvited guests in a town that, until Wednesday, almost forgot how and why all of this began.