Tragedy has brought the father of slain child beauty queen Jon Benet Ramsey and the mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway together for what they insist is friendship - but looks like a lot more.

Although Fox says John and Beth date, hold hands and kiss a lot, John denied they were dating Monday to Ch. “The tabloid rumors are totally exaggerated,” said John.

“I have great respect for Beth and how she’s handled her terrible situation.

We’ve developed a friendship of respect and admiration.” Fox says that John, 63, and Beth, 46, met last summer at a fundraiser and have been dating since January.

"I have great respect for Beth and how she's handled her terrible situation. A daughter from Ramsey's first marriage, which ended in divorce, died in a 1992 car crash at the age of 22.

We've developed a friendship of respect and admiration." Twitty, who has yet to weigh in on how she views the relationship, has been married twice. His second wife, Patsy, died last June of ovarian cancer at 49. Holloway, 18, disappeared in Aruba in May 2005 during a senior class trip.

Their daughter, Jon Benet, was 6 years old when she was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family's Boulder, Colo., home on Dec. Her body has never been found and no one has been charged in the case. Word comes from Fox News that John Ramsey, father of murdered Boulder child beauty queen Jon Benèt Ramsey, is dating Beth Holloway Twitty, the mother of Natalee Holloway, the teen who is still missing in Aruba.- where Twitty lives - and at a show at a nearby art museum.They've also been seen at various restaurants, sparking rumors that a romance was in bloom.Ramsey, who now lives in Michigan, tried to squelch the speculation yesterday."The tabloid rumors are totally exaggerated," he told a Colorado TV station.