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April 11, 2013

Sheriff seeks tips on missing woman's van

Autopsy results still pending

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Seeking to rustle up new leads in the ongoing investigation into the suspicious death of Jennifer Ramsaran of New Berlin, the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in tracking the movements of the van believed to have been used the day she disappeared.

The 36-year-old mother of three was reported missing by her husband the night of Dec. 11. He told police she left the family home that day in the family’s orange 2006 Chrysler Town & Country minivan to go shopping at a Syracuse mall.

The van was located on Dec. 16 by Jennifer Ramsaran’s father, Thomas Renz, outside Plank Road Manor Apartments in Norwich.

Sheriff Ernest Cutting told The Daily Star Wednesday that it is not yet known precisely how long the van had been in that parking lot.

Cutting said his investigators are actively pursuing leads and are making progress in the probe.

On Feb. 26, Jennifer Ramsaran’s body was discovered on an embankment off Center Road in the town of Pharsalia. The body was taken to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s office in Syracuse and the cause of death has not yet been determined, Cutting said.

On Dec. 12, the iPhone that Jennifer Ramsaran was using was found in Plymouth — several miles away from where her body was eventually located — by her husband, Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran. He has told The Daily Star he located the phone by using a GPS tracking program.

Ganesh Ramsaran has said he was interrogated by investigators and given a polygraph examination. He said police removed the computers from the home as part of the investigation and spent about four days in the home in search of clues to his wife’s disappearance.

Ramsaran also has said he admitted to police that he had a brief affair with a female running partner who was also a close friend of his wife. However, he said that situation had no relevance to his wife’s disappearance.

The sheriff urged those with information about the van or other aspects of the case to contact the Sheriff’s office at 337-1924.