By Joe Mahoney
The Daily Star
---- — While an official identification on the woman’s body located in Chenango County has not been announced, the sister of missing mother Jennifer Ramsaran suggested in a solemn social media posting Wednesday that she presumes her sister is deceased.
“You can now rest in peace Jenny,” Joann Buff of Schoharie County wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday morning. “We miss you horribly but know you are in a wonderful place. Until we meet again.”
Meanwhile, a high-ranking police official has informed Jennifer Ramsaran’s parents that a woman’s body located in the town of Pharsalia on Wednesday was likely that of their daughter, a private investigator helping the family said.
Kevin Ryan, a Pennsylvania-based investigator, said based on the information supplied to the family by an official with the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, the parents, Thomas and Carol Renz, and their daughter, Joann Buff, believe the body located in Pharsalia is Jennifer Ramsaran. The 36-year-old mother of three has been missing since Dec. 11, when she left her New Berlin home to go Christmas shopping in Syracuse, according to her husband, Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran.
Chenango County Undersheriff James Lloyd told The Daily Star that his agency is still awaiting for official identification of the body as well as a cause of death from the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office. An autopsy on the body was conducted by that office in Syracuse on Wednesday, he said.
Lloyd said he could not comment on what led authorities to the body. It was found several miles from where Jennifer Ramsaran’s cellphone was located by her husband in the town of Plymouth on Dec. 12.
Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said the autopsy results could be available as early as today.
“We are going to be getting information from the autopsy, and we’re waiting for forensic information on other aspects of the case,” the prosecutor said.
Late Wednesday, Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. went to the home of Ganesh Ramsaran and advised him a woman’s body had been found in Chenango County while also obtaining the dental records of Jennifer Ramsaran, according to a note on a Facebook page that Ganesh Ramsaran has been helping to administer.
That Facebook page and a second one on the social media site devoted to the Ramsaran case have taken decidedly different approaches to the mystery, with the latter — “Help Find Jennifer Ramsaran” — raising questions about the actions of Ganesh Ramsaran.
Buff, the missing woman’s sister, shared on her page a photograph posted on the site that has been critical of Ganesh Ramsaran. The photo is of a cloud formation with a brilliant sunrise, over which these words were dropped into the graphic: “May the Angels in Heaven wrap their wings around you to carry you home. RIP (Rest in Peace) Jennifer Ramsaran.”
In an interview last week, Ganesh Ramsaran stated that both his sister-in law and his mother-in-law, Carol Renz, began viewing him with suspicion when they learned, following Jennifer Ramsaran’s disappearance, that he had a sexual tryst with one of his wife’s close friends.
When asked by The Daily Star if the affair with one of his running partners was a factor in his sister-in-law and mother-in-law becoming estranged from him, Ganesh Ramsaran stated: “I can guarantee that’s what did it.”
Ganesh Ramsaran also claimed his sister-in-law and mother-in-law have been “brainwashed by those internet predators” involved in running the Help Find Jennifer Ramsaran page.
“These internet predators are evil,” said Ganesh Ramsaran, an IBM project manager. He added: “According to these goddamn people, I’m the devil incarnate.”
Ganesh Ramsaran also voiced frustration in that interview that a reporter wrote that he had declined to discuss whether he had taken out a life insurance policy on his wife.
“I’ve been totally open and honest with you from the beginning, and you’ve treated me like some nitwit,” he said.
Ganesh Ramsaran said he told the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office when he was first asked regarding his wife’s disappearance that he shared information about the affair with the running partner, a married woman who also resides in Chenango County.
A woman who had been assisting him in what he says was the search for his wife, Cynthia Caron, said last week that Ganesh Ramsaran went to the Norwich YMCA on the day his wife vanished, and later got a ride home from his female running companion. Caron, who is involved in a New Hamphire group that is registered as a charity and aids the family of missing people, claimed Ramsaran’s sexual involvement with the woman was a one-time fling that never bloomed into an affair.
Last April, Ganesh Ramsaran, a marathon enthusiast, posted a note on a Facebook running club page in which he described the woman he now admits having a tryst with as his “Protege/Prodigy in running & working out.”
In his interview with The Daily Star last week, Ganesh Ramsaran said he has been fully cooperative with police investigators from the outset.
“They (sheriff’s department and state police investigators) were in my home for four freaking days, man, with search warrants,” he said Feb. 21. “I had allowed them to come to my home even before that. They didn’t need warrants.”
Ganesh Ramsaran also characterized himself as being always truthful.
“It serves no purpose to ever lie,” he said. “I teach the kids: No matter what, tell the truth.”
He also said then there had been “a sighting of Jennifer” last week, but declined to provide details of precisely where or when she was supposedly spotted. He said in that interview he was still optimistic she would be found alive.
On Dec. 14, three days after she vanished, he voiced pessimism over her fate. “All I want is for Jen to come walking through our front door safe and sound and giving us all hugs, but I have lost all faith that will be the case,” he wrote on Facebook that day.