Sunday, April 3, 2022

The Disappearance of Kassandra Ramirez

Kassandra Ramirez vanished at the age of 25 of September 19th, 2018. 

The young mother was living with a cousin in Bronx, New York at the time of her disappearance. Kassandra went missing during an eventful time in her life. She had recently graduated from culinary school, and she had just gotten a job that she was due to start the following month. 

Additionally, Kassandra's mother, Ingrid, was visiting New York at the time of Kassandra's disappearance. The two had spent the day together, along with Kassandra's younger sister, on September 17th. They had plans to meet up again on September 20th for Ingrid's birthday. Kassandra was also looking forward to celebrating her young son's birthday later that week. 

In addition to the celebratory events in Kassandra's life, she had also been facing some tough circumstances shortly before her disappearance. A week before she went missing, Kassandra testified in front of a grand jury about an attack and rape she had endured. The suspect was subsequently charged with seven felony counts as a result of the attack.

On the evening of her disappearance, she left her cousin's Bronx residence around 11:40 PM after saying her ex-boyfriend was outside waiting for her. Kassandra told her cousin she'd be back in the morning by the latest, but she never returned home. She has never been seen or heard from again. 

It did not take long for Kassandra's loved ones to begin worrying for her safety. On September 20th, Kassandra's mother Ingrid went to an emergency room to receive treatment for a condition she suffers from. When Ingrid texted Kassandra to let her know, Kassandra did not reply. Later that day, Ingrid received a call from Kassandra's cousin, saying that Kassandra had not returned home. The next morning, Ingrid contacted the 42nd Precinct to report her daughter missing.


Worries for Kassandra.

Kassandra's loved ones were quite worried about her, but they still had hope that she would re-emerge for her son's birthday. When the birthday came and went without any sign of Kassandra, panic set in. Kassandra's family members do not believe she would voluntarily abandon her son. 

Last known sightings.

Throughout the investigation, police were able to confirm that last known sighting of Kassandra occurred on Melrose Avenue and east 161 Street. Surveillance footage shows Kassandra exiting the building, turning left, and eventually walking out of the camera's frame. 

Police later learned of reported sightings of Kassandra at a Brooklyn subway station later that evening, but these sightings have never been confirmed. 

The ex-boyfriend.

Kassandra's ex-boyfriend John "Kilo" O'Brien is considered a person of interest in her disappearance. O'Brien has told conflicting stories about the last time he saw Kassandra. He first said that Kassandra never showed up to meet him, and then later said he dropped her off at Hunter's Point train station in Queens. 

There is no evidence to confirm either story. Kassandra was not captured on any surveillance footage at the Hunter's Point train station, and there is no other evidence to suggest she was there.  O'Brien has since dropped out of sight. Police are reportedly unaware of his current whereabouts. 

The sexual assault case.

There is also inevitable speculation that Kassandra's disappearance is related to the rape case that she testified about just a week before she vanished. All of the charges against her accused rapist were dropped after Kassandra was reported missing.

It is unclear if police believe this case has anything to do with Kassandra's disappearance, but the speculation about the two cases being connected has continued. 

An ongoing investigation.

The FBI is now involved in the search for Kassandra. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please go here to submit a tip.

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