The first anniversary of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey's death was marked with candlelight vigils amid doubts whether the crime will ever be solved.

No arrests have been made and no suspects named, although police have said the girl's parents remain under "an umbrella of suspicion." Police maintain the killer or killers will be brought to justice, but that view is not universally shared.

"After a year, curiosity about the case remains remarkably high. We'd like to think it will eventually be satisfied, but it's difficult to share the official optimism," the Rocky Mountain News said in an editorial.

Yesterday, the expensive house in Boulder, Colo., where the little beauty contest winner was slain stood eerily still. Her parents have returned to the Atlanta suburb where they lived before moving to Colorado in the early 1990s and where JonBenet is buried.

Last Dec. 26, the girl's mother, Patricia Ramsey, said she found a ransom note demanding $118,000 on the steps as she went downstairs before dawn to make coffee. Some eight hours later John Ramsey found his daughter's body in the basement. She was strangled, her head was gashed and she may have been sexually assaulted.

In memory of the girl, about 25 people gathered at the Boulder courthouse on Thursday night for a candlelight vigil.

"We must send a message that children are precious. They are defenseless. We have to help them and we have to love them," said Patricia Walsh, who organized the vigil.

A second vigil was held last night outside the Boulder house, which the Ramseys have put up for sale.

The Boulder Police Department has been criticized for its blunders after the girl was reported kidnapped. After discovering his daughter's body in the basement, John Ramsey carried her upstairs to the living room, disturbing the crime scene.