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May 18, 2013

Ramsaran faces murder charge

More than five months after his wife, Jennifer, mysteriously vanished, Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran of New Berlin was jailed Friday after he was charged with second-degree murder in connection with her death.

Although an autopsy was completed after her body was discovered Feb. 28 off Center Road in the town of Pharsalia, authorities were tight-lipped on the precise cause of death of the 36-year-old stay-at-home mother.

“That’s evidentiary in nature,” Chenango District Attorney Joseph McBride said. “We know the manner of death, and that is homicide.”

Sources familiar with the investigation have told The Daily Star that Jennifer Ramsaran’s unclothed body was disfigured when it was found as a result of exposure to wildlife and the elements.

Chenango County Judge Frank Revoir Jr. set cash bail for Ganesh Ramsaran, 38, at $150,000. The judge also set a real estate bail for Ramsaran in the amount of $300,000.

The suspect, arrested at his home Friday morning by Chenango County Sheriff’s Department officials, was wearing a T-shirt, shorts, sneakers and handcuffs when he was brought to the courthouse by deputies. He was unable to immediately post bail, and was ordered held at the Chenango County Correctional Facility.

“I had asked that he be remanded without bail,” McBride said.

Acquaintances of Jennifer Ramsaran’s family said the three children of Ganesh and Jennifer Ramsaran are staying with the victim’s parents, Carol and Thomas Renz, and her sister, Joann Buff.

McBride said he plans to present the case to a Chenango County grand jury next week. When asked if there are any other suspects, he said: “He’s the only one being charged.”

In interviews with The Daily Star in February, Ganesh Ramsaran admitted he had an affair with his female running partner, who had also been a close friend of Jennifer Ramsaran.

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