Woman's body found in Pharsalia

PHARSALIA – The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by New York State Police and the Chenango County Bureau of Fire, have located and recovered an unidentified female body, discovered Tuesday evening off Center Road in the Town of Pharsalia.

According to authorities, the body was taken to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office in Syracuse for an autopsy last night, and it’s unknown at this time if the remains match those of a missing New Berlin woman and mother of three – 36-year-old Jennifer Ramsaran, who was last seen by her husband on Dec. 11 when she left for Syracuse to do some shopping at Destiny USA. Ganesh Remy Ramsaran reported his wife missing later that night and subsequently located her phone – utilizing Apple’s Find My iPhone application – on Dec. 12, near state Route 23 and Moon Hill Road in the Town of Plymouth. A map of Chenango County shows that Moon Hill Road – located approximately six and a half miles northwest of the City of Norwich – is about six miles from Center Road, where the unidentified body was discovered. Jennifer Ramsaran’s 2006 Chrysler Town and Country minivan was discovered days later by her father, Thomas Renz, parked at Plank Road Manor, Plymouth Street, in the City of Norwich.

Chenango County Sheriff Ernest R. Cutting Jr. said this morning, “At this time, the identity of the female body is unknown to investigators and the investigation is continuing.”

Cutting added that there was no way to identify the body last night and – at this time – “there is not a whole lot of information we can give out.”

According to Undersheriff James Lloyd, the discovery came as a result of a tip to police. The main priority, he added, is to identify the victim and –

following that – to determine a cause of death.

Said Lloyd, “Once we establish an identity, we will be issuing another release.”

Ganesh Remy Ramsaran, when interviewed this morning, said he received a phone call at approximately 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, and was informed that members of the sheriff’s office were at his door. When told of the unidentified body, Ramsaran said he was “in a state of shock,” calling it an “out of body experience.”

Added Ramsaran, “This whole thing is a nightmare ... I can’t get over this. I haven’t spoken to the kids yet; there was no way I could let them go to school.”

Cynthia Caron, who heads up LostNMissing, a national non-profit focused on locating missing persons, said she and Mr. Ramsaran have been “just very saddened by the explosive outbursts” that are appearing on social networks such as Facebook, and noted that no official identification has been made on the body.

“The children and family are not even aware of this yet,” she added. “It’s been just unbelievable ... I’ve never seen this before with any case.”

She confirmed that Ramsaran had been notified by the sheriff’s office of the discovery ­– as Jennifer Ramsaran is the only missing persons case open in Chenango County at this time – and said while the body “very well might be Jennifer,” police have yet to make such an announcement.

“I can only speak for Remy from his side of it, [but] he’s extremely upset and confused,” added Caron. “He keeps saying he doesn’t understand why Jennifer would have been there [and] that was not the route she would have taken.”

As for the continued social media bombardment, Caron said she understands the general public wanting to project their opinion, but said harassment and stalking will not be tolerated.

“I just don’t have any words for that,” she added. “This is just unbelievable ... I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 337-1924 or 337-1864.

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