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December 19, 2012

Officials seek leads on missing area woman

Jennifer Renz Ramsaran, the 36-year-old stay-at-home mom missing for a week under suspicious circumstances, had begun discussing the possibility of separating from her husband and had made new online gaming friends through her iPhone account, a family friend said Tuesday.

“It sounded like she was developing an emotional attachment to somebody,” said a source who spoke to The Daily Star on the condition of anonymity. “If there was somebody showing her an awful lot of attention, I could see her being misled.”

Meanwhile, Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. confirmed that investigators have not ruled out the possibility that Ramsaran may have met foul play.

He said there has been no known activity on any bank account she had access to, and no indication she has attempted to contact anyone since she disappeared Dec. 11.

Ramsaran, from Sheff Road in New Berlin, mysteriously vanished after her husband, Ganesh Ramsaran, a project manager for IBM, said she drove to a Syracuse mall while the couple’s three young children were in school. Since then, investigators have recovered the family minivan she was reported to have been driving, as well as her cellphone. The van was found outside an apartment building on Plymouth Road in Norwich, just west of the couple’s residence.

The cellphone was located farther west on the side of Route 23 in Plymouth, Cutting said.

On Tuesday, state police forensic investigators, armed with both a warrant and permission from the husband, conducted a painstaking search of the family’s home, Cutting said. The investigators are also examining all electronic devices, including computers and cellphones, in an attempt to gather information that could explain Jennifer Ramsaran’s disappearance.

“We’re going to go step by step,” Cutting said. “We’re going to look at everything very carefully and run down leads as they come in. We’re going to keep investigating this until we get a resolution.”

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