Body found in North Country confirmed as missing mom
Tue, 24 Mar 2009 22:07:10 GMT —
A body found in the snow off a rural upstate New York road is that of a mother of two missing since early December, authorities confirmed Tuesday.
Jefferson County Medical Examiner Samuel Livingstone confirmed that the woman whose body was discovered Monday afternoon in the town of Antwerp was indeed 33-year-old Annette Vazquez.
Livingstone scheduled an autopsy for Wednesday afternoon. Identification was confirmed by use of dental records, police said.
Vazquez disappeared the morning of Dec. 8 after a neighbor heard her arguing with a man. She was last seen leaving her job at McDonald's in Watertown.
Her current boyfriend reported her missing after she failed to pick up her two daughters, ages 12 and 6, at school. That evening, her car was found in a city parking lot.
Last month, Watertown authorities issued a warrant charging her former boyfriend Ramon Robles-Ruiz, 29, a native of Puerto Rico, with second-degree murder in connection with her disappearance.
Robles-Ruiz fled to Puerto Rico but was arrested Jan. 31 by police in Puerto Rico on fraud charges after his mother informed authorities of his whereabouts, according to U.S. marshals.
The charges there involved the alleged illegal sale of U.S. property to people in Puerto Rico. Marshals could not say when that case would be settled or when Robles-Ruiz would be extradited to New York.
Robles-Ruiz's criminal history in Puerto Rico includes theft, domestic violence and narcotics, Marshal Rafael Escobar said.
Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert said she had been in contact with Puerto Rican authorities and confirmed that the extradition process was pending.
Vazquez's family told police Robles-Ruiz had threatened to kill her if she broke off their relationship. She had been planning to move in with her new boyfriend, they said. Neighbors reported several loud arguments between the couple in the days leading up to her disappearance.
Vazquez had divorced in Puerto Rico and moved to Watertown in the summer of 2007 to manage several apartment houses owned by her brother, Carlos Vazquez, of Jacksonville, Fla., according to her family. Carlos Vazquez is a soldier stationed at nearby Fort Drum.
The body was found around 3:30 p.m. Monday about 25 miles from Watertown by a walker who noticed blue jeans sticking out of the snow.
A portion of a woman's back and legs were visible, but snow and ice still covered much of the body, Lt. Frank Derrigo said. The body appeared to be well preserved, he said.
Antwerp is located about 90 miles north of Syracuse.