Twenty-four days after Jennifer Ramsaran’s body was recovered off a remote road in Pharsalia, police investigators went to her home on Sheff Road in South New Berlin and asked her husband, Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran, dozens of questions about what happened on Dec. 11, 2012.
Among the potentially most pivotal questions asked was: when did Jennifer Ramsaran leave the house to go shopping in Syracuse?
In the taped interview led by Chenango County Sheriff’s Lt. Richard Cobb, a lengthy portion of which was played for a Chenango County Court jury Monday, Ganesh Ramsaran said at least twice that his wife left the house before he sent an email to a coworker at 10:53 a.m.
What the investigators were not telling him in that interview recorded on March 22, 2013, according to authorities, is that Jennifer Ramsaran’s iPhone connected with the wireless network in the house at 10:57 a.m.
As the jurors heard Ramsaran’s voice tell the investigators what clothing he recalled his wife had on the day he reported her missing — and a family dog barked in the background of the recording — Ramsaran, now 39, seated at the defense table, patted his eyes with a tissue paper, his face contorted in a look that appeared to be pain.
During the interview, Ramsaran also made no mention that his wife had been playing an online game when he returned from dropping his three children at a local school at about 8 a.m. Cobb didn’t tell him that police had evidence she had been playing a game called Kingdom of Camelot with an online friend in England, identified as Rob Houston, and that she cut out from the game without explanation at about 8:15 a.m.
Ganesh Ramsaran said in the recording that his wife was eating yogurt and oatmeal while wearing a bathrobe at that time, and later worked out in the couple’s home gym for about 45 minutes before changing into blue jeans and a sweater to go shopping. He said he could not recall what type of footwear she was wearing, noting she had about 30 pairs of shoes and sneakers.
When her corpse was found 46 days later, on Feb. 26, 2013, it was frozen and unclothed, with one of her hoop earrings nearby, according to police.
Ganesh Ramsaran told investigators that he became concerned about his wife when she didn’t respond to his calls and messages that day, and began calling his friends and her relatives before contacting police.
A major focus of the prosecution has been Jennifer Ramsaran’s iPhone, which Ganesh Ramsaran reported finding Dec. 12, 2012, the day after Jennifer’s disappearance, at Moon Hill Road, and State Route 23 in Plymouth, after using the Find My iPhone application.
The testimony that the iPhone connected to the Wi Fi router inside the Ramsaran home at 10:57 a.m. came last week from Andrew Tocheny, a State Police computer forensic expert. Such wireless networks have signals that only extend about 200 feet, he testified.
Also Monday, District Attorney Joseph McBride called on Daniel Myers, a state police forensic scientist and DNA analyst. Myers examined blood samples collected from Jennifer Ramsaran’s minivan, the Ramsaran house and several items taken from it, including a sweatshirt said to have been worn by Ganesh Ramsaran on Dec. 11, 2013.
From the right sleeve on the sweatshirt, Myers said that there was a blood stain that had both blood from Ganesh Ramsaran and from a second person, “not excluding” Jennifer Ramsaran.
“This profile is 1.661 quadrillion times more likely to be observed if the donors were Ganesh and Jennifer Ramsaran, rather than if the donors were two randomly selected, unrelated individuals,” said Myers, reading from his final forensic report completed in April 2013. Myers explained that 1 quadrillion includes 15 zeroes.
Under cross examination by defense lawyer Gil Garcia, Myers acknowledged he could not rule out the possibility that the stain could have contained blood from more than two people.
The digital devices taken by investigators from the Ramsaran home were all examined by Binghamton Police officer Carl Smith, a computer forensic expert who testified he found thousands of files on them. These included nude photos of Eileen Sayles, a close friend of Jennifer Ramsaran who has acknowledged having an extramarital affair with the defendant in 2012 including the day before Jennifer Ramsaran disappeared.
Garcia took issue with Smith’s characterization of the naked images as “lewd,” arguing it was behavior involving consenting adults.
McBride has contended that Jennifer Ramsaran, 36, was killed in her own home by her husband before he dumped the body in Pharsalia, got rid of the phone in Plymouth and abandoned the van in Norwich. He has not offered a theory as to whether the body or the phone was discarded first.
While the Onondaga County medical examiner ruled the death was a homicide, a precise manner of death was never established.
Cobb testified Tuesday about the couple’s text messages, saying Jennifer Ramsaran did not appear to have conflicts with anyone except her husband. He is expected to be McBride’s final witness.
It remained unclear Wednesday morning how many witnesses, if any, Garcia will call to testify.