A body found off Center Road in the town of Pharsalia on Tuesday has been positively identified as being that of Jennifer Renz Ramsaran, the 36-year-old Chenango County mother who was last seen alive on Dec. 11, Chenango Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. confirmed today.
He said the positive identification was made by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office, following an autopsy that was conducted Wednesday.
The autopsy has not yet yielded the cause of death of the New Berlin woman, and it remains undetermined whether she was murdered or died accidentally or from natural causes, he noted. The results of toxicology tests are not yet complete, he also noted.
Her husband, Ganesh "Remy" Ramsaran, who told investigators that he last saw his wife when she left to go Christmas shopping at a Syracuse mall that day, was notified by the sheriff's office today that it was his wife's body that was recovered in Pharsalia, Cutting said.
Ganesh Ramsaran said in a statement: "I would like to thank all those who gave up many precious hours of their own lives to help look for Jennifer. To all of the friends and family of both mine and Jennifer's, I thank you. I especially thank the businesses that stepped forward and offered their services..."
He thanked St. Batholomew's Church in Norwich, volunteers who aided in the search for his wife, as well as a business that assisted in printing missing-person flyers, among others.
Cutting said Jennifer Ramsaran's parents, Thomas and Carol Renz, have also been notified that the body was that of their daughter.
Ganesh Ramsaran has said that sheriff's department and State Police investigators spent four days combing his house for evidence that might shed light on his wife's disappearance. He said he was questioned extensively by investigators, and has cooperated with the investigation since its inception.
A project manager for IBM who works at home, Ganesh Ramsaran said he also acknowledged in those interviews that he had a one-time tryst with a close friend of Jennifer Ramsaran who later became his running partner.
Ganesh Ramsaran and his running partner participated in a road race in Binghamton last May to raise donations for the Epilepsy Association of Greater Rochester, according to a posting on Crowdrise.com, an online fundraising site.
Cutting, citing investigatory reasons, said he could not comment on what led police to the body in Pharsalia on Tuesday.