Body Found in Remote Area of Orange County, CA … Could it Be that of Missing Army Veteran and Cal State Fullerton Student Maribel Ramos (Update: Found Deceased, Body ID’d as Maribel Ramos) (Update: Roomate Kwang Chol “KC” Joy Arrested for Murder)
As reported at KTLA, Detectives on Friday were investigating the discovery of a body in a remote area of Modjeska Canyon in Orange County. Could it possibly be that of missing 36 year old Army veteran and Cal State Fullerton Student Maribel Ramos? The LA Times reported, Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Tim Rainwater confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Orange Police Department officers went out to perform an investigation near the intersection of Santiago Canyon Road and Jackson Ranch Road about 5:15 p.m. Thursday.Police would not say at this time whether the body belonged to Ramos or the sex or approximant age.
It remained unclear if the discovery might be linked to the disappearance of Cal State Fullerton student Maribel Ramos more than two weeks ago.
Orange police responded to the scene near Santiago Canyon Roach and Jackson Ranch Road about 5:15 p.m. Thursday, according to Orange County sheriff’s officials.
Cal State Fullerton student Maribel Ramos was last seen on a surveillance video on May 2, 2013 outside her apartment complex by herself in Orange at about 8:30 p.m. She was reported missing a few days later after she failed to show up at a veteran’s appreciation dinner where she was supposed to give a speech. The 36 year old California State Fullerton student who served for nearly a decade in South Korea and Iraq in the Army has been missing since May 2 in a disappearance that authorities described as suspicious.
UPDATE I: Sad news to report in the case of missing 36 year old Army veteran and Cal State Fullerton student Maribel Ramos, Orange police confirmed Friday a body found in Modjeska Canyon was positively identified as missing woman Maribel Ramos.
Police said her disappearance is now being investigated as a homicide, and that Ramos’ former roommate, 54-year-old KC Joy, has been arrested in her murder. He has been booked into Orange County Jail and is being held on $1 million bail.
Detectives searched the apartment the two shared Friday night and removed 11 bags of evidence, and Ramos’ dog. Ramos had lived with Joy for the last year and a half. Joy said they were very close, and even went on a cruise together.
Anyone with information or who might have seen Ramos is asked to call the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7403.