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March 1, 2013

Police ID body as Ramsaran

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 Dec. 11, Chenango Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. confirmed Thursday.

He said the positive identification was made by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office following an autopsy conducted Wednesday.

The autopsy has not yet yielded the cause of death of the New Berlin woman, he said. Cutting also said the results of toxicology tests are not yet complete.

Jennifer Ramsaran’s husband, Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran, has told investigators that he last saw his wife when she left to go Christmas shopping at a Syracuse mall Dec. 11. The husband was notified by the sheriff’s office Thursday 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, were also notified that the medical examiner officially identified the body. The sheriff said dental records were used in making the positive identification.

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 given a polygraph examination, and has cooperated with the investigation since its inception.

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