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Maribel Ramos: Body of Missing Fullerton Student Found

mirabel-ramosMaribel Ramos, a student at Cal State Fullerton and an Army veteran was last seen May 2. Two weeks later, her body was found in an Orange County canyon.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Friends and family attended a memorial service in Santa Ana on Sunday for murdered Army veteran Maribel Ramos.

Ramos’ sister Marta Ortiz Ramos traveled to California to attend the service after the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana requested that she be allowed to enter the United States, the family’s pastor said.

Ortiz Ramos did not have a visa or a passport and the consulate stepped in to help.

Maribel Ramos, a former U.S. Army Sergeant, went missing from her apartment in Orange on May 2.

Her body was found two weeks later in bushes near Santiago Canyon Ranch and Jackson Ranch Road after residents reported a foul odor in the area.

Ramos’ roommate, 54-year-old Kwang Choi Joy, was arrested in connection with her death and has since been charged with murder.

Ramos attended Cal State Fullerton at the time of her death. On May 26, the university gave her family a posthumous degree in criminal justice on Ramos’ behalf.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — An Orange County man suspected of killing a Cal State Fullerton student was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder.

Kwang Choi Joy, 54, was accused of killing his roommate, Maribel Ramos, and disposing of her body in a remote area of Modjeska Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains.

Joy’s arraignment was continued to June 7.

He remained behind bars on $1 million bail.

Ramos’ body was found in some bushes near Santiago Canyon Ranch and Jackson Ranch Road.

Investigators contend Joy got into a fight with Ramos after she told him to move out of her home because he wasn’t paying rent.

But that might not have been Joy’s only motive.

“He may have been infatuated with her and I don’t know if that was necessarily mutual,” prosecutor Scott Simmons said.

Ramos, 36, was last seen on surveillance video outside her apartment building around 8:30 a.m on May 2.

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.

Ramos was supposed to graduate from Cal State Fullerton with a criminal justice degree Sunday.

Her niece will accept her diploma on her behalf.

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Maribel Ramos and Kwang Chol Joy

FULLERTON, Calif. (KTLA) — Orange police announced Friday that an autopsy confirmed a body found in a remote area of Modjeska Canyon is that of missing student, Maribel Ramos.

The body was found Thursday in some bushes near Santiago Canyon Ranch and Jackson Ranch Road after residents reported a foul odor in the area.

Authorities had not released any further details about the manner of her death or where she was killed.

After the remains were identified police brought her roommate, 54-year-old Kwang Chol Joy, in for questioning.

He was arrested a few hours later.

Orange police have been searching for the 36-year-old for nearly two weeks.

The former Army sergeant, who served in South Korea and Iraq, was just weeks away from graduating with a degree in criminal justice.

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Maribel Ramos, 36, was last seen on May 2.

Ramos was last seen on surveillance video outside her apartment building around 8:30 a.m on May 2.

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.

Although there was no sign of foul play, police said that disappearing without telling those close to her seemed out of character.

Ramos left behind her car and her dog, according to investigators. Her keys, cell phone and wallet were all missing.

Ramos had lived in Orange for two years with K.C. Joy, her sister, Lucy Gonzalez, said.

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Kwang Chol Joy, 54
(Booking Photo)

Joy told Gonzaelz that Ramos was at the apartment when he left on May 2, and she was gone when he returned home later that day.

Joy told reporters he was questioned several times by police and that he voluntarily gave a DNA sample and even allowed officers to

take pictures of him naked.

Friends have created a Facebook page, “Find Maribel Ramos,” to help in the search.

After learning of the discovery of Ramos’ body, Cal State Fullerton issued the following statement:

The Titan family is profoundly sad upon hearing confirmation by the Orange Police Department that a body found Thursday has been identified as our student Maribel Ramos.

Since Maribel went missing earlier this month, our community has come together to spread the word about her disappearance and keep her foremost in our hearts and prayers.

Maribel was a beloved student and military veteran, who was actively engaged here on our campus and in the community. She was a wonderful role model for our students, faculty and staff. And we honor her for her past service to our country as an airborne paratrooper in the Army and her commitment to her education.

We continue to offer our support to her family and friends during this exceedingly difficult time.

— CSUF President Mildred García

Orange police announced Friday that an autopsy confirmed a body found in a remote area of Modjeska Canyon is that of missing student, Maribel Ramos.

The body was found Thursday in the bushes near Santiago Canyon Ranch and Jackson Ranch Road after residents reported a foul odor in the area.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/17/vigil-held-for-missing-cal-state-fullerton-student/#ixzz2TbQL4VBF

Detectives are investigating the discovery of a body Thursday in a remote area of Modjeska Canyon in Orange County.
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Friends and family members gathered Monday at a vigil for missing Cal State Fullerton student, Maribel Manriquez Ramos.
Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/13/vigil-held-for-missing-cal-state-fullerton-student/#ixzz2TF14wBsP

FULLERTON, Calif. (KTLA) — The search continued on Wednesday for a missing Cal State Fullerton student who is also an Army veteran.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/08/search-continues-for-missing-student-army-vet/#ixzz2Sjnoqh7r

FULLERTON, Calif. (KTLA) — The search continued on Wednesday for a missing Cal State Fullerton student who is also an Army veteran.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/08/search-continues-for-missing-student-army-vet/#ixzz2SiusamVV

FULLERTON, Calif. (KTLA) — The search continued on Wednesday for a missing Cal State Fullerton student who is also an Army veteran.

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Maribel Manriquez Ramos, 36

Police have characterized the disappearance of 36-year-old Maribel Manriquez Ramos as suspicious.

Ramos is a former Army sergeant who served in South Korea and Iraq.

She was scheduled to be recognized at a veteran’s appreciation dinner over the weekend, but she never showed up.

Ramos was just weeks away from graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a major in criminal justice. She was described at the university as a top student.

She was last seen paying her rent at her apartment in Orange last Thursday around 8:30 p.m.

Her car was found out front, but her keys, her wallet and her cell phone were all missing.

Her bank account and credit cards have not been touched, police said.

“I can’t even believe this is happening,” Ramos’ sister, Lucy Gonzalez said. “I can’t believe she’s not here right now.”

“I have the best army… I have God and I have all kinds of people, so we will find her,” she added.

Ramos has lived in Orange for two years with her roommate.

He told Ramos’ sister that when he left the apartment on Thursday, she was there. When he returned home, she was gone.

Ramos is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has a star tattoo on her shoulder and an Aztec symbol on her back.

Friends have created a Facebook page, “Find Maribel Ramos,” to help in the search.

Anyone with information or who might have seen Ramos is asked to call the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7403.

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