John Ramsey and Beth Holloway Twitty
Tami Chappell/REUTERS/Landov; Leslie Mazoch/AP
06/05/2007 at 10:00 AM EDT
The father of murdered child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey and the mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway now appear to share something beyond their tragic circumstances – each other.
After reportedly having met at a fundraiser in Colorado last December, John Ramsey, 63, and Beth Holloway Twitty, 46, are "friends," his attorney, Lin Wood, confirms to New York's Daily News
"They share common interests and concerns related to their children, particularly with respect to the actions of law enforcement and the media in response to those tragic losses," according to Wood.
But it also appears they may be more than just friends. Though Ramsey lives in Michigan and Twitty in Mountain Brook, Ala., the two have been seen holding hands and kissing in her hometown, as well as attending art shows and eating in restaurants together.
On Monday, Ramsey downplayed the talk of a romance, telling Denver's Channel 9, according to the Denver Post
: "The tabloid rumors are totally exaggerated. I have great respect for Beth and how she's handled her terrible situation. We've developed a friendship of respect and admiration."
Ramsey's wife, Patsy, died of cancer
a year ago. The unsolved murder of their 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet, took place in the family's Bolder, Colo., home on Dec. 26, 1996.
Twitty and her husband, George Twitty, divorced earlier this year. Her daughter, Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared in Aruba
in May 2005 during a high-school trip. Her body has never been recovered and no criminal charges have been filed in the case.