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March 30, 2013

Missing woman case was cracked by sawmill owner


The body had been left in a location where it was not readily noticeable. Hayner said he saw it on an embankment, about six feet lower than the road.

“It seemed like something out of place, and I followed up on it,” he said.

The Sheriff’s Department responded immediately when Hayner alerted authorities that he had found the body. The corpse of this once vibrant young mother who by all accounts cherished her three children was then transported to Syracuse, where an autopsy has been performed by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s office.

The cause of death has not yet been announced. The Sheriff’s Office has indicated it is waiting for toxicology results.

If there is justice some day for the late Jennifer Ramsaran, Richard Hayner, an observant landowner, will have had a lot to do with it.


Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond and Delaware County Sheriff Thomas Mills were among law enforcement officials who met with U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, this week in Kingston to discuss their concerns with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial new gun control law, among other issues.

The sheriffs and the congressman are in accord in their view that the new law, known as the SAFE Act, is overreaching in its impact on law-abiding gun owners and should be modified if not repealed.

Desmond said he is hopeful that Gibson can help the sheriffs obtain federal funding for school resource officers who could help make sure classrooms are safe in the wake of the tragic massacre last December in Connecticut.

He said the failure by state lawmakers to exempt police from new restrictions on the number of rounds that can be loaded into a clip puts officers in jeopardy. “Our deputies are often in rural areas where they don’t have any backup,” he said. “We need to have more rounds. We’re always outgunned anyplace we go.”

JOE MAHONEY is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at

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