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January 30, 2013

Missing woman's husband speaks

By Joe Mahoney
The Daily Star

---- — Ganesh Ramsaran, the husband of missing Jennifer Ramsaran of New Berlin, said Tuesday that he appreciates all the work police have done to find his wife, including the interrogation he underwent as detectives sought to solve the mystery.

Commenting on the ordeal that began Dec. 11 when he said he last saw his 36-year-old wife, Ganesh Ramsaran, a project manager for IBM, said: “It’s been a mental roller coaster. One minute I have hope. The next, I’m not so sure. I have to hold strong for the kids.”

He said he has cooperated with all requests made of him by investigators, including taking a polygraph examination that helps detectives determine if an interview subject is being evasive.

“I volunteered the user IDs and the passwords (for online accounts) for everything,” Ganesh Ramsaran told The Daily Star in an interview. “They took all of our computers. My life is an open book. I have nothing to hide.

“I always cooperate, and I will never hire a lawyer,” he added. “I’ve done nothing wrong.”

The husband said at times he fears his wife was abducted by a stranger. At other times, he said that he fears she took off to be alone, or to join a person she may have met while playing online games.

Ganesh Ramsaran, a fitness buff who runs in marathons, said in recent months his wife appeared to be depressed, and had begun to diet after her weight climbed to 210 pounds.

“Before she went missing, she lost 20 pounds,” he said. “Let’s just say it was not the healthy way (to lose weight).” When she dropped to 190 pounds, he said, it put her at her lowest weight since she first became a mother in 1999.

“There were lots of behavioral changes,” he said. “I was so proud of her that she was 190.”

Asked if his wife was taking any medications, the husband said, “Let’s not talk about medication.” However, he did say her depressed mental state may turn out to be a factor in her disappearance.

“That is definitely one of the scenarios,” he said.

“The week before (the disappearance) she spent $300 on brand-new clothes just for herself, and got a new haircut the Friday before she went missing,” he said. “There were lots of different changes.”

The husband provided a partial answer when asked if his wife ever discussed leaving the household where the two have been raising three children.

“Nothing like that, not with me,” he said. “But apparently ... on ... yeah, not with me. I will leave it at that. I don’t want to go anywhere like that.”

“If you could just jot this down for me — the kids miss their mom, and I miss her, too,” he said. “The kids miss their old mom, not the one that was here the last six or nine months when she went through all the different changes.”

Police have said investigators were reaching out to Jennifer Ramsaran’s recent online contacts — such as her Facebook friends and those with whom she played games from her iPhone — to determine if any of them can offer information explaining her disappearance.

The Chrysler Town & Country minivan Ramsaran was reportedly driving that day was later found outside the Plank Road Apartments in the city of Norwich. Her husband, using a tracking application, located her iPhone near near Moon Hill Road in Plymouth.

Chenango County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Richard Cobb said the investigation into the disappearance remains very active. “Any leads that come in are being investigated,” he said.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information relating to the disappearance to contact the agency at 334-2000.