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February 22, 2013

Report: Blood found in missing woman's van

By Joe Mahoney
The Daily Star

---- — Police found blood stains inside the minivan Jennifer Ramsaran was said to be using when the 36-year-old mother of three left her Chenango County home Dec. 11 and never returned, according to a woman assisting Ramsaran’s husband.

Cynthia Caron, president of a New Hampshire-based organization called LostNMissing Inc., provided that detail to The Daily Star on Thursday, confirming she learned it from Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran, who married Jennifer Ramsaran after the two met at the State University College at New Paltz.

Ganesh Ramsaran said he did not personally see the blood in the vehicle, but was advised by investigators that a quantity of blood was in the van after it was located in Norwich by Jennifer Ramsaran’s father, Thomas Renz, while he was searching for his daughter.

Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. declined to confirm or deny the report that blood stains were found in the vehicle. He said the investigation is continuing.

Ganesh Ramsaran told The Daily Star the blood could have come from nose bleeding by his wife and his son, both of whom have occasional allergic reactions.

He said he could offer no information on the quantify of blood found by police. He said he still believes his wife will be found alive.

Caron, responding to questions from The Daily Star, also said Ganesh Ramsaran admitted to police after his wife disappeared that he had a “one-time” sexual encounter with a woman who is a mutual friend of both Ganesh and Jennifer Ramsaran.

She said the encounter was fueled by alcohol and both Ganesh Ramsaran and his female friend, a married woman with children, regretted it.

“It was not an affair,” said Caron, who noted Ganesh Ramsaran has been tormented by what she called false rumors that he was having an extramarital affair. Caron also insisted that Jennifer Ramsaran never knew about the tryst her husband had with her close friend.

Caron said she firmly believes Ganesh Ramsaran’s account that he had no involvement in his wife’s disappearance. She said she also firmly believes the alibi he provided police — that he went for a workout at a local YMCA while he believed his wife was headed to a Syracuse mall for Christmas shopping that day.

Ganesh Ramsaran did not deny the extramarital tryst, and said he acknowledged it to investigators when he was questioned at length following his wife’s disappearance.

“The police know everything,” said Ramsaran, who in previous interviews acknowledged that he and his wife experienced marital difficulties. “I have nothing to hide from anybody.”

He blamed “obsessed Internet stalkers” with spreading what he called unfounded rumors.

“What does that have to do with anything,?” he said about the tryst. He did acknowledge that the information is an apparent factor in why his mother-in-law, Carol Renz, has had contact with a Facebook page, Help Find Jennifer Ramsaran, that has raised questions about his actions.

He also said the only life insurance policy he has for himself and his wife “was taken out many, many years ago” through his employer, IBM, and that no changes have been made in recent years.

Sheriff Cutting said police continue to await for Jennifer Ramsaran’s cellphone records. Ganesh Ramsaran located the cellphone using a computer application employing GPS technology.

“At this time, we are following all leads,” Cutting said. “The investigation is open. We’re looking at every angle.”

He said he expects that “there will come a time when we can share more” information with the public.”