ORTONVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — After missing for weeks, the body of a missing woman was found buried in someone’s yard.

Police say 30-year old Renata Fernandez-Ramon had been missing since early October. Investigators say her family left the country just one day after she went missing.

Police found her body after a homeowner reported a freshly dug area on his property in Ortonville, which is about three hours west of the Twin Cities, near the South Dakota border.

At first, it was the news of a missing woman that riveted the town of about 2,000 people.

“There have been a lot of rumors going around,” said Ortonville resident Joni Cole.

When they learned Fernandez-Ramon’s body was found buried nearby, they were in disbelief.

“People are really shocked because it’s a small town and that usually does not happen out here,” said Ortonville resident Melanie Rheaume. “I don’t think there’s been very many murders at all.”

Collegues said Fernandez-Ramon’s worked at the Monarch Heights Disability Services Center about a year ago.

“I was shocked that she was gone,” said director of staff Chad Karels. He described her as friendly.

“She would say hello to you on the street,” Karels said.

He said Fernandez-Ramon was great to work with but kept to herself.

“A lot of people didn’t know her,” he said.

Karels said he’s left with questions, like why did it have to happen.

Fernandez-Ramon has two children: 10 and 8 years old. Members of the community say it’s one of the many reasons this is so disconcerting.

“Very sad, because her kids are going to grow up without her,” Cole said.

“No mom now, the kids lost their mother– that’s terrible,” Rheaume said.

Although at this point, police aren’t saying where exactly the body was discovered, people in town pointed to a farm just outside of town. When WCCO-TV asked, the owner of the farm declined to comment.

Police say Fernandez-Ramon’s boyfriend moved to Mexico with the couple’s two children the day after she went missing.

Police aren’t saying if he’s a suspect in the case — but they do say there is no threat to the public. The cause of her death is still under investigation.

Comments (8)
  1. Sven Lanfjord says:

    This really has nothing to do with the story but…

    I have had noticed this a lot on the CCO website. In the “More from Around The Web” section after the story, there are links to stories that are MONTHS and sometimes YEARS old. WHY??? If there is nothing fresh from around the web, why put links to old stories?

    1. Mary says:

      You’re right. It’s very annoying to think you’re reading “new” news and find out that it is old – or that it’s an ad!

  2. I'm Just Sayin'... says:

    You’re right – it has NOTHING to do with the story.

  3. David S. Klinger says:

    This is absolutely shocking!Let’s hope one of those cracking good Minnesotan detectives will catch the killer!

  4. Common Cents says:

    To quote someone else: “Ain’t diversity grand… Embrace it”

  5. Guest says:

    Lets see,boyfriend goes to mexico next day after she disappears
    Takes their two kids with him
    Her body is found nearby in a fresh grave

    Better call Sherlock Holmes in on this one

  6. Heidi Jo Redepenning Marquardt says:

    To those who thinks this story is “old”. I think some resources better be checked because it is not!!!!!!

  7. ixchel peralta galicia says:

    Esta es una historia real,muy real,una pesadilla,una pesadilla que tiene nombre el autor es su esposo,Francisco Teran y estuvo todo un mes ” lbre ” en el pueblo de donde es,en veracruz,Mex. y la policia no ha hecho nada,nada para detenerlo,por que,por que……………..no entiendo……..lo unico que se es que dejo a sus hijos sin su madre y todos los que la amamos nos dejo sin su presencia………solo su recuerdo en el corazon de cada uno.

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