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February 21, 2013

Facebook pages join search for New Berlin woman

The search for missing mother Jennifer Ramsaran involves a tale of two Facebook pages, both having the stated goal of solving the mystery and both claiming to offer the most reliable forum for public dialogue in a case that has so far stumped police investigators.

Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran, the missing woman’s husband, helped set up one of the pages — “Jennifer L. Ramsaran - Missing Person.”

The other page — “Help Find Jennifer Ramsaran” — is being facilitated anonymously. It has included a number of posts from individuals who have suggested using billboards and organizing public searches for the 36-year-old New Berlin mother of three young children. The second site has also included posts that questioned whether Ganesh Ramsaran is fully committed to locating his wife.

Contacted by The Daily Star, Ganesh Ramsaran argued the “Help Find Jennifer Ramsaran” page has done more to harm the investigation than to aid it.

He also voiced annoyance that his mother-in-law, Carol Renz, has posted comments on the “Help Find Jennifer Ramsaran” page.

“The bottom line is these are strangers on the Internet,” he said. “They know nothing about the case and don’t know us personally. They have stolen pictures of my wife and my kids, and they like to sling mud. It has impacted my kids.”

A person familiar with the operation of “Help Find Jennifer Ramsaran,” who asked not to be named, said Ganesh Ramsaran was asked to join forces with that page, but he declined the invitation. The person acknowledged that photographs of Jennifer Ramsaran were utilized on the site after they were gleaned from her public Facebook page. Ganesh Ramsaran has since restricted access to his wife’s page by changing the Facebook settings to private.

The case has also attracted the attention of a website focused on criminal mysteries and missing persons cases — www.websleuths.com.

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