For an eight-month period that began in late 2011 and stretched into mid-2012, Keith Wilcox, a disabled retiree from New Berlin, said he welcomed Jennifer Ramsaran into his home, where she worked as a caretaker for him as he recovered from a stroke.
When the 36-year-old mother of three was reported missing by her husband in December and theories were advanced that she had left the area, Wilcox recalled Monday, he never believed such a scenario would ever take place.
“She would never, ever leave her kids,” Wilcox told The Daily Star. “Those kids were her life. If somebody tried to abduct her, she would have fought with her last dying breath to get back to her kids and to her parents. Nobody who knew her would have believed that Jen would just take off.”
As soon as he heard that Jennifer Ramsaran had disappeared, following what her husband told police was a shopping trip to a Syracuse mall, Wilcox said he immediately feared she would not be found alive.
Today, 84 days after Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran contacted New Berlin village police and reported his wife missing, a funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Norwich for Jennifer Ramsaran.
Her body was recovered last week by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department off a rural road in Pharsalia. Her cellphone had been recovered in Plymouth by her husband, shortly after the disappearance. And a Chrysler minivan owned by the Ramsarans was later found outside a Norwich apartment building. Ganesh Ramsaran told police his wife had taken that vehicle to the mall.
Today, mourners will remember Jennifer Ramsaran in the same church where she had been a volunteer Sunday school teacher for many years, according to Wilcox and other acquaintances.
Although an autopsy was completed last week in Syracuse, the sheriff’s office said it has not yet received the cause of death from the medical examiner’s office. The death is being treated as a possible homicide, and other possible causes of death — accidental or medical-related — have not yet been officially ruled out.