Mark Donald Ramin ** Ithaca, NY * 2002

Mark Donald Ramin  **  Ithaca, NY * 2002

Mark Donald Ramin

Above Images: Ramin, circa 2002

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: January 18, 2002 from Ithaca, Tompkins County,
Mark Donald Ramin

New York
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 4, 1961
Age: 40
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 135 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown/Hazel
Race: White
Gender: Male
Distinguishing Characteristics: The tip of Ramin's right middle
finger is missing. He wears gold-rimmed eyeglasses.
Clothing: Tan jacket, a green golf shirt, jeans, light green

Details of Disappearance
Ramin was last seen between 9:30 PM - 10:00 p.m. on January 18, 2002 in Ithaca, New York. He was at the Pyramid Mall on North Triphammer Road off of Route 13 near Lansing, New York. Ramin had been laid off from his place of employment inside the shopping center earlier in January 2002. He was attempting to obtain a new position at the mall at the time of his disappearance.
Authorities believe that he was walking to his residence on Winthrop Drive in Ithaca prior to his disappearance. Ramin never arrived at his home.
Ramin was missed a day after his disappearance by his brother who lived with him, who called their mother to say he had not returned home. His mother then reported him missing to law enforcement authorities.
An extensive search of the region produced no clues as to Ramin's whereabouts. He may have been seen in a wooded area near his residence the day after his disappearance. The sighting has not been confirmed. Ramin is considered to be a very dependable person with strong family connections who would be unlikely to disappear voluntarily. His family members said it is uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Tompkins County Sheriff's Department
Ithaca Police Department

Source Information
New York State Police
City Of Ithaca, New York

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Comment by Brenda on January 17, 2012 at 8:38pm

Ithaca mother struggles to cope with son's disappearance
40-year-old vanished 10 years ago
7:20 PM, Jan. 17, 2012

Kathleen Bierce doesn't mind when people ask about her son, Mark Ramin, who disappeared a decade ago.

"Some people are hesitant to bring it up, but they shouldn't be," she said. "I like it that Mark is remembered." People ask about him all the time, and she, her daughter and other son think about Mark "if not daily, weekly," Bierce said.

"He's in our thoughts all the time," she said.

Ramin, of Ithaca, disappeared from the Pyramid Mall, now Shops at Ithaca, on Jan. 18, 2002. He was 40 years old at the time, and searchers from several agencies, including forest rangers, looked for him in the fields and wooded areas around the mall and Fall Creek.

Reviews of the case have revealed no new clues, and all leads are exhausted, said officials of the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, the agency heading up the investigation. There's no evidence of foul play, they added.

"The case will always remain open," Undersheriff Derek Osborne said.

Bierce has been in touch with investigation companies, but they won't work on a cold case unless the person has been missing for 15 to 25 years, she said, adding that "it's not cold enough for them."

"I don't know what else to do," she said sadly. "If I did, I'd be doing it. We think we've done everything, but obviously we haven't, because we haven't found him."

The sheriff's office conducted a full case review in 2008, to include re-interviewing all of the people who had last seen Ramin, Sr. Investigator Jody Coombs said. In 2010, in order to bring a fresh look and perspective, officials assigned an investigator who had never worked on the case to conduct another full review, he recalled.

"There were no additional leads to develop from that, either," Coombs said.

Investigators also uncovered no evidence of substance use or illegal activities by Ramin, and they even interviewed his co-workers from past jobs, Coombs said. He worked at Sunglass Hut at the time.

"He had no enemies ... none," he said. "His life was working at the Pyramid Mall. Even if he wasn't working, he was always at the mall."

These types of cases stick with the investigators who work on them, Osborne said, adding that he feels connected to the family.

"These cases are difficult to see unsolved," he said.

There's no truth to the notion that people have to wait 24 hours before reporting someone missing, Osborne said. Early notification helps tremendously in these cases, he added.

"If you think someone's missing, we'd like to get the phone call right away," Coombs said. Missing people become more difficult to locate as more time passes, he added.

Bierce attended the dedication of the New York State Missing Persons Remembrance in Albany in 2006, and she said she tries to attend the annual ceremony there.

"It was really beautiful," she said of the dedication. "I try to make it every year. It does help, because everyone there are people like us."

In Ithaca, there are no support groups for people who have a missing loved one, she said, only groups for people mourning loved ones who've passed away. While their losses are also difficult, those people are able to talk about how their loved ones died, and get a sense of closure, she explained.

"My loss is so different from theirs," she said. "Here in Ithaca, I feel alone."

That's why she turned to The Center for Hope Inc. According to its website, the organization's mission is to provide "resources to educate, assist and support families and friends to cope with the ambiguous disappearance of a loved one."

"They're my support group," she said. "They're really a wonderful resource."

Still, the memory of Mark evokes a ghostly emotional pull on her, especially when she passes places he used to work, like the mall or

Comment by Brenda on July 4, 2011 at 8:52pm
Happy Birthday Mark..
Comment by Brenda on January 18, 2011 at 9:10pm
Missing 9 years today...


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