The body of a missing Iraq War veteran,Mirabel Manriquez Ramos,36,has been found in a remote area of Orange County,California.Police found the body on May 16 in the bushes of Modjeska Canyon,near Santiago Canyon Ranch and Jackson Ranch Road when local residents noted a strong odor there.
Charged May 21 with first-degree murder in the case was Ramos' roomate of two years,Kwang Chol Joy,54.She had told him to get out because he wasn't paying his share of the rent.He may also have been infatuated with her,a prosecutor said.
Joy had described Ramos as his best friend and said he gave police a DNA sample shortly after her disappearance.He is being held in lieu of a million dollars bail and will be arraigned June 7.
Ramos was a prominent US Army veteran of Iraq and Korea.The former sergeant and paratrooper spoke publicly about her experiences readjusting to civilian life.Last seen May 2,she was to have spoken at a Cal State Fullerton veteran's appreciation dinner.
Ramos,described as a top student,was also to have received a criminal justice degree May 26 from the University.Her niece will accept the degree for her.