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Old 06-29-2006, 06:14 AM
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Alert HOMICIDE:Body found in Ramapo might be missing high school student

RAMAPO — A badly decomposed body found last night across Route 45 from Eugene Levy Memorial Park is likely the remains of a 16-year-old Spring Valley girl missing for more than two weeks.

A friend of Karesse Ebron's family said last night that the girl's mother was told by police that her daughter's body had been found.

The body had serious skull injuries, and the case is being considered a homicide.

"They found her dead," Melody Huggins said last night, crying into the telephone. "Oh God, they found her dead. Her mother just called me."

Huggins had organized a search group in Spring Valley to look for the missing teenager. Huggins' daughter was best friends with Karesse Ebron, a 5-foot-tall teenager with black hair and brown eyes.

Ramapo and Spring Valley police officers declined to comment last night at the scene on what led them to the body found in an isolated area off Route 45, across the road from the children's play area of the park.

Police also declined to discuss whether they have any suspects or a motive.

Ramapo Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said last night that he could only release scant details because the investigation was continuing.

"We have recovered a body," Weidel said last night along Route 45. "We don't have a positive ID. We will have to await for forensics. It's possible it's her."

Dental records and fingerprints would be used, he said.

Weidel said more information would be released today by Ramapo and Spring Valley police.

With Ramapo police officers blocking traffic at 10:20 p.m., the Rockland Medical Examiner's Office took custody of the body. State police assisted with the on-site investigation.

Dr. Lone Thanning, the county medical examiner, said last night before leaving the scene that she would conduct an autopsy on the body today.

She declined further comment, referring questions to the police.

Ebron was last seen outside her Creekside Circle home wearing a red shirt, bluejeans and Michael Jordan sneakers, along with a bracelet, necklace and a ring bearing her name.

Her mother, Sharene Ebron, said Saturday that she did not believe her daughter ran away. The girl's car and purse were left at home, and none of her clothes appeared to be missing, the mother said.

On the night the girl disappeared, her mother said, the teenager had returned home about 7:30 p.m. from a local Dunkin' Donuts after submitting a job application.

About 7:50 p.m., she told her mother she was stepping outside and would be back by 9 p.m. The teen would often sit in her car, talk to friends on her cell phone and listen to music, her mother said.

The Ramapo High School student was last reached on her cell phone at 8:25 p.m. June 13. Her lack of cell-phone use became a major concern for the police since she made numerous calls before that time.

Spring Valley police called Ebron's disappearance "suspicious" and were investigating it as if she had been a crime victim.

More than a dozen officers from Spring Valley, its anti-crime unit and the Rockland Intelligence Center canvassed Ebron's neighborhood June 21, knocking on doors and passing out fliers. Spring Valley police and other departments interviewed parolees for any information on the teenager.

On Saturday morning, about 25 people attended a rally at Main Street and Eckerson Road. Another had been planned this weekend.

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Old 06-29-2006, 11:30 AM
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Exclamation Police arrest man in Spring Valley teen's slaying

Police arrest man in Spring Valley teen's slaying


RAMAPO — Police this morning arrested a Spring Valley man on charges of murdering a 16-year-old village girl and dumping her body in a wooded area across Route 45 from Eugene Levy Memorial Park.

Ramapo police declined to identify the man being charged with murdering Karesse Ebron pending his arraignment today in Ramapo Justice Court on a second-degree murder charge. The man was believed to be in his late 20s and knew the teenager.

Last night, police recovered the body of Ebron off of Route 45, just across the road from the children's play area at the town park. The body was badly decomposed. Police believe the girl was beaten to death about her head.

Police were led to the body as a result of a Spring Valley police investigation into Ebron's disappearance.

The Rockland Medical Examiner's Office was planning an autopsy today.
A friend of Karesse Ebron's family said last night that the girl's mother was told by police that her daughter's body had been found.

Ramapo Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said this morning that more information on the investigation and the body was expected today at a 1 p.m. press conference at Spring Valley police headquarters.

Ebron disappeared June 13. According to her mother, Sharene Ebron, the teenager had returned home about 7:30 p.m. from a local Dunkin' Donuts after submitting a job application.

About 7:50 p.m., she told her mother she was stepping outside and would be back by 9 p.m. The teen would often sit in her car, talk to friends on her cell phone and listen to music, her mother said.

The Ramapo High School student was last reached on her cell phone at 8:25 p.m.

More than a dozen officers from Spring Valley, its anti-crime unit and the Rockland Intelligence Center canvassed Ebron's neighborhood June 21, knocking on doors and passing out fliers. Spring Valley police and other departments interviewed parolees for any information on the teenager.

On Saturday morning, about 25 people attended a rally at Main Street and Eckerson Road. Another had been planned this weekend.

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Old 06-30-2006, 05:14 AM
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Exclamation Neighbor charged with killing teen

Neighbor charged with killing teen


A young New York man was charged with killing a missing teenager after leading police to her decomposed body.

Ryan Ross, 22, was arraigned Thursday, WCBS-TV reported.
Karesse Ebron, 16, of Ramapo was reported missing June 13. Investigators said she may have been pregnant.

Police found a decomposed body in a wooded area across from a playground late Wednesday. On Thursday, investigators used a key found on the body to open the door of Ebron's car, confirming the identity of the body.

The Rockland Journal News reported that she had been beaten.
Jeremy Gerard, a 14-year-old neighbor, told the newspaper the townhouse complex where both Ebron and Ryan lived has always been quiet and neighbors are shocked by the violent crime.

"She's a really good person," he said. "I knew she didn't run away."

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Old 06-30-2006, 08:20 AM
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A Spring Valley man Wednesday night admitted to authorities that he killed Karesse Ebron, 16, during a date two weeks ago. He also told police where he left the body.

Ryan Ross, 22,



an acquaintance of Karesse, admitted to picking her up at her home in Spring Valley on June 13 sometime in the evening and then bringing her to a wooded area. This is where, police say, that he apparently struck the teenager with some sort of blunt-force object, and left her to die.

Karesse had been last seen by her mother on June 13 around 7:45 p.m. She told her mother she was going out, and that she would return around 9 p.m.

She did not return home, nor did she show up for school or work the following day.

Autopsy results have yet to be reported, as the procedure was ongoing for most of this afternoon.

Police said during a Thursday news conference at Village of Spring Valley Police Headquarters that the motive is unknown and that there is no murder weapon yet to be found, but they have an idea as to what it is they are looking for.

Police Lt. Paul Modica said they have an idea as to what precipitated the assault. He said that at this time they feel the incident was “simply a disagreement.”

Police have an idea how she died. “She had blunt trauma to her skull. We don’t know if that is the cause of death right now, but preliminarily that’s what we think would cause her death,” Modica said. “We’re still searching the crime scene, and we’re still searching the scene where we feel the murder weapon could possible be.”

Ross has been charged with murder in the second degree, and remanded to Rockland County Jail.

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Old 07-01-2006, 03:13 AM
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Exclamation Neighbor charged in 16-year-old's murder; chaos in court

Neighbor charged in 16-year-old's murder; chaos in court

RAMAPO — A man who lives around the corner from Karesse Ebron told police that he repeatedly beat the 16-year-old with a bat because she said she was pregnant with his child, a county prosecutor said yesterday at the suspect's arraignment on a murder charge.

Before Ryan Ross, 22, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, he was nearly attacked by Ebron's father, Kenneth, while being led into the courtroom by police.

"I'll kill him," Kenneth Ebron screamed several times as chairs toppled when he went after Ross. Other Ebron family members also pushed toward Ross, who wore a bullet-proof vest under a white T-shirt, his hands handcuffed at his waist.

Five Ramapo police officers held back Ebron, and additional officers helped restore order as they whisked Ross from the courtroom.

During those tense moments, Ross' mother slumped to the floor, screaming and crying in the opposite corner of the courtroom and sending a chair skidding forward.

Police called an ambulance and its two emergency services workers attended to her.

Ebron's mother, Sharene, also collapsed, apparently from the stress surrounding her daughter's death and the courtroom calamity.

In the interest of public safety, officials said, Town Justice Rhoda Schoenberger held Ross' arraignment in a police headquarters conference room.

Spring Valley and Ramapo police said they arrested Ross yesterday morning after he directed them to the teenager's body, buried under leaves in the woods across Route 45 from Eugene Levy Memorial Park. The teenager had been missing since the night of June 13.

Prosecutor Louis Valvo spoke during the arraignment about Ross' written and videotaped statements to police. He said Ross told investigators that he hit Ebron in the head and face at least four times on June 13 because he did not want her to have his baby. He also told police he hid her body.
"He did not want this to occur," Valvo said. "He made it not occur."

An autopsy performed yesterday by Dr. Lone Thanning, Rockland's medical examiner, concluded the girl died from multiple fractures to her skull and face.

Her body was too badly decomposed for doctors to determine if she had been pregnant when she was killed, Thanning said.

Ross' lawyer, public defender Clare McCue-Cincotta, entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf. He was taken to the county jail without bail, pending a grand jury review of the charges on Monday.

McCue-Cincotta said she wanted Ross' statements sealed.

"He has no criminal record," she told Schoenberger. "This young man finds himself in court for the first time under very serious charges."

Karesse Ebron, a junior at Ramapo High School who had just graduated from the Ramapo Police Youth Academy, had told her mother she was going outside to sit in her car, listen to music on the radio and talk to friends on her cell phone.

Instead, she met up with Ross, who drove her to an isolated area near Levy Park, Spring Valley police Lt. Paul Modica said yesterday during a news conference in Spring Valley Village Hall.

It was in the woods that Ebron was beaten and killed, Modica said. He praised Spring Valley Detectives Roxanne Lopez and Robert Bookstein and state police Investigator Brendan Tumulty for their work leading to Ross' arrest.

They were led to Ross as a suspect through Ebron's cell-phone records.
Police found Ebron's body late Wednesday based on information provided by Ross, police said.

Shar-ron McCullough, the victim's uncle, stood outside the courtroom after the proceedings with other family members.

"He's a coward," McCullough said of Ross. "He hit her with a rock or bat in the back of the head. Was it really worth that?"

McCullough and other relatives said Ebron was working hard and had a bright future. She had been a volunteer with the Salvation Army. Just a month ago, she completed the Police Youth Academy's program for young people interested in law enforcement careers.

"She graduated a month ago, in this very building," another uncle, Omar Ebron, shouted out in court. "Now look where she is. Because of him."
Inside the courtroom, he approached Ross' mother and a man who sat next to her.

"I'm sorry for your loss," he told the suspect's mother, who would not give her name. "But you can still see your son. We'll never see our baby again."
Sharene Ebron wept throughout the court proceeding. She was comforted by a dozen or so friends and relatives.

Earlier in the day, neighbors and friends at the Cross Creek development were supporting the family, as relatives came to the quiet complex off Main Street from New York City and other areas of the state.

Melody Huggins had helped organize searches for Karesse Ebron. Huggins, whose daughter was a friend of slain girl's, said she felt for the Ross family.

"Things will not be the same for them here or if they move elsewhere in the village," Huggins said. "I don't blame them. I blame the person who took her life."

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Unhappy Karesse's father: 'I just thank God he gave me 16 good years'

Karesse's father: 'I just thank God he gave me 16 good years'

SPRING VALLEY — Without a body there was always hope.
Kenneth Ebron said he hung on to that hope for more than two weeks as he waited for word about his 16-year-old daughter, Karesse, who had disappeared June 13.

The word did eventually come. His daughter — identified by her braids and the jewelry he and his wife, Sharene, bought — had been found slain in a wooded area a few miles from the Ebrons' Cross Creek Townhomes household.

"You're not supposed to bury your child. You're not supposed to," said Ebron, 39, seated in his living room. "You hope to see them grow up to be a fine young adult. That was my baby. That was my baby."

His cell phone has not stopped ringing since police found the badly decomposed body of his eldest child Wednesday night. A stream of friends and family members have been sending their condolences. The father of three had chosen not to speak to the media at length, leaving his wife to do most of the talking.

At the arraignment of the suspected killer, 22-year-old Ryan Ross — who lives around the corner from the Ebrons — Kenneth Ebron was so overcome with emotion that he lunged at Ross, and had to be restrained by five Ramapo police officers. It was the first time Ebron saw the man accused of repeatedly beating his daughter because she said she was pregnant with his child.

The rage and intensity Ebron showed Thursday morning seemed to have all but vanished as he sat on a leather couch and spoke of his daughter, whom he described as "Daddy's little girl."

"The anger and frustration of someone taking away my child is uncomparable," said Ebron. "You can't compare it to anything. A child is priceless. There's only one of its kind. You can't make another one. I just want Ryan to live with the fact of what he has taken away from a family and society and see if he can handle that weight on his shoulders. The brutality that brought her to her demise is definitely heartbreaking."

Ryan, who pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Thursday, is being held without bail at the county jail. He is due back in Ramapo Town Court at 4 p.m. Monday. Prosecutor Louis Valvo said the grand jury would get the case that morning. If an indictment is brought, the case will be heard in County Court.

Two days later, Karesse Ebron will be buried in Hartsdale.

The victim's father, an editor of a local entertainment magazine, said he didn't know Ross and didn't know of any relationship between the Spring Valley High School graduate and his daughter, who dreamed of becoming a police officer and studying forensics. Ebron said his daughter knew her parents would not approve of her dating an older man and dismissed Ross' claim that Karesse was pregnant.

"I don't buy it. I don't buy it at all," he said. "She was a smart girl. She would have come to us. Mom and daughter were very close. She hung out with me, but she confided in her mom."

Rockland County Medical Examiner Dr. Lone Thanning has said Ebron's body was too badly decomposed for doctors to determine if she had been pregnant when she was killed.

Spring Valley police are continuing their investigation. Officers were searching for the weapon, thought to be a baseball bat, used to kill her behind Creekside Circle.

"We're searching for the murder weapon," Lt. Paul Modica said. "We believe it might be behind the Creekside Circle in one of the streams."

The immediacy and brutality of his daughter's tragic death is very much on the mind of her family and friends, Kenneth Ebron said. When she disappeared, Ebron never once figured she had run away.

She was described as a typical fun-loving 16-year-old, who loved running track and listening to reggae music and went through good times and bad times with her parents. The family received her report card from Ramapo High School two days ago. She had passed all her classes.

"It's hard. From time to time, you have to break down. It's not easy when you have to put your child in the ground, " Ebron said, a single tear running down his cheek. "But the way I have to look at it is: God chose her. I just thank God he gave me 16 good years."

Where there was once hope, now there is devastation.

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Old 07-02-2006, 02:40 PM
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RAMAPO — The wooded cove where Karesse Ebron's body lay for more than two weeks drew about 100 mourners yesterday, many of whom adorned the tangle of leaves and branches with stuffed animals, flowers and candles.

Family, friends and many who never knew the 16-year-old shared hugs and tears at the site where, police said, Ebron was killed by a neighbor after disappearing June 13.

Her body was found Wednesday, buried under leaves off Route 45, across from Eugene Levy Memorial Park.

Many shared memories about the girl who loved Jamaican music and wanted a career in law enforcement.

"I didn't believe it," Gwendolyn Martin said of the moment when she learned her friend had been slain. "I still don't believe it. I don't think I'll ever believe it."

Shar-ron McCullough, Ebron's uncle, said her youngest brother, Kendal, 9, has been staying with his grandmother, trying to cope with the loss of his sister.

"He knows," McCullough said, "but he doesn't understand."

Kendal and his brother, Kareem, 13, joined Ebron's parents, Sharene and Kenneth Ebron, yesterday at the spot where Ebron's body was found.

Ebron's parents at first sat on a log, looking at all the tributes to their daughter. Sharene Ebron, pushing off anyone who tried to stop her, then lay on the ground and cried while Kenneth Ebron moved to sit with her.

A few minutes later, she was helped up, but sat back down as the crowd sang several verses of "This Little Light of Mine."

"I feel her spirit," she said later, asking God to give her strength.

Police arrested 22-year-old Ryan Ross on Thursday and charged him with second-degree murder, to which he pleaded not guilty. Police said he admitted beating Ebron in the head and face with a baseball bat after she told him she was pregnant with his child.

Ebron and Ross both lived on Creekside Circle, a Spring Valley townhouse complex.

Mourners yesterday called Ross an "animal" and "a monster."

He was being held at the Rockland County jail without bail. A grand jury is scheduled to review the charges tomorrow.

McCullough said he was hoping Ross would be sentenced to life in prison, but expects him to be paroled by the time he's 50.

Ebron, a green belt in karate, was an active volunteer with the Salvation Army. She had applied for a job at Dunkin' Donuts the night she died.

Two of Ebron's former teachers, Erica Regalbuto from Ramapo High School and Natalie Lobo from Pomona Middle School, remembered the teenager as a respectful student who put other people's worries before her own.

"She's fun," Lobo said though tears. "She has a great sense of humor."

"She just worried about the whole world," Regalbuto said. "She was a good girl."

Tarel Lawrence went to school with Ebron and often joked with her.

Lawrence said he came to the memorial service "to give the respect to her parents … and show that everybody cares."

The Ramapo Police Department had officers directing traffic for the vigil.
Family friend Melanie Huggins said Ebron wouldn't have gone off with Ross if she didn't trust him.

The two ate Chinese food before she was killed, Huggins said, and it was a cell phone call that was traced to the area where her body was found that led police to Ross.

"She solved her own murder because of that phone call," Huggins said.

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Spring Valley man charged in slaying of 16-year old

RAMAPO —- A Spring Valley man was indicted yesterday on a murder charge in the killing of a 16-year-old neighbor who he claims had told him she was pregnant with his child.

A grand jury charged Ryan Ross, 22, with second-degree murder in the baseball bat beating of Karesse Ebron, who lived in the same housing development on Creekside Circle in Spring Valley.

Police last week found Ebron's badly decomposed body under leaves in a wooded area off Route 45, across from Eugene Levy Memorial Park. She had been killed on June 13.

Ebron's slaying was the county's second homicide this year.

A county grand jury heard Ross' statement to police and other evidence yesterday morning.

In the afternoon, Ross was indicted on a felony count, Ramapo Town Court Clerk Helen Travis said yesterday.

The indictment was needed to cancel a preliminary felony hearing on holding Ross on bail.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Louis Valvo declined comment on the indictment. The case will be sent to County Court for a bail hearing this week.

Ross pleaded not guilty to the police charge of second-degree murder last week during his arraignment before Ramapo Justice Rhoda Schoenberger.
Ross is being held without bail in the county jail in New City.

His arraignment almost turned violent when Ebron's father, Kenneth, 39, attempted to attack Ross when police brought him into the courtroom.

Five Ramapo police officers held back the distraught father, who was not charged.

Ebron, a junior at Ramapo High School who had just graduated from the Ramapo Police Youth Academy, had told her mother on June 13 that she was going outside to sit in her car, listen to music on the radio and talk to friends on her cell phone.

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Instead, she met up with Ross.

Police say Ross drove Ebron to a wooded area along Route 45 across from Eugene Levy Memorial Park, several miles north of where they lived at Cross Creek Town Houses.

Ross is accused of hitting her across the head at least four times with a baseball bat and hiding her body under leaves.

Local and state investigators said a review of Ebron's cell phone calls led them to Ross.

Ross told the investigators where Ebron's body could be found, police said, and officers found her body on June 28.

During Ross' arraignment, Valvo spoke about Ross' written and videotaped statements to police.

Valvo also said Ross told investigators that he hit Ebron in the head and face at least four times because he did not want her to have his baby. He also told police he hid her body.

An autopsy performed yesterday by Dr. Lone Thanning, Rockland's medical examiner, concluded the girl died from multiple fractures to her skull and face.

Her body was too badly decomposed for doctors to determine if she had been pregnant when she was killed, Thanning said.

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Exclamation Sobs and silence for Karesse Ebron

Sobs and silence for Karesse Ebron

For an hour before Karesse Ebron's funeral yesterday, the sanctuary of the New City Gospel Fellowship was silent except for piano and piped-in music.

More than 350 friends and family of the 16-year-old Spring Valley girl who was slain June 13 sat without talking, without exchanging more than a nod, as acquaintances filed into pews and seats. Mothers hugged small children and young teens in suits and dresses stared at the front, where Karesse's white coffin lay covered in flowers.

Another 100 people crowded behind a window separating the sanctuary from the anteroom. Church members greeted people as they entered, handing them programs for the "Homegoing Service."

At one point, loud sobbing was heard from the front where Karesse Ebron's family sat.

Family members, neighbors and police had searched for two weeks before police found the girl's body under leaves in woods across Route 45 from Eugene Levy Memorial Park in Ramapo. A neighbor, Ryan Ross, 22, has been charged in her killing.

When the Rev. Carl V. Johnson opened the service with an invocation, the crowd stood in honor of a young girl whose death shocked and outraged her Cross Creek Development neighborhood.

"So many of you have been praying for two weeks for the safe return of Karesse," Johnson said. "While we were praying for her safe return, she was already safe in the arms of Jesus."

Karesse Ebron was born Nov. 4, 1989, in the Bronx and moved to Chestnut Ridge when she was 3. Her life — from elementary- and middle-school career to her dreams of working in criminal justice — was mentioned by Shirley Mills, who read an obituary that brought smiles and tears to those in the audience.

Mills spoke of Karesse's sense of style, of her love of her cell phone, of the family she created around her at home and at The Salvation Army, where she helped with pre-school classes.

The reading was followed by a slide-show presentation of the teenager's life, from her first baby pictures to her radiant smile as she stood with friends and family at her recent graduation from the Ramapo Police Youth Academy.

Few people could smother their sobs, and tears ran down many faces.
At the end of the slide show, Sharene Ebron sobbed: "Mommy looked for you for two weeks; You'll always, always, always be over my shoulder, and one day, one day, I'm going to meet you up in heaven."

Johnson's message was of a girl who brought love, light and laughter to her family but who was now safe in heaven.

He cautioned the audience: "Don't give in to bitterness, but understand God has a plan. Don't say 'it's so wrong, she was so young, she had so much presence, it was so sudden, what happened to her.' But the word of Jesus is believe in God, believe in God. I can only say to family that we serve a God who knows what you are suffering. He lost a child himself."

More than a dozen friends and family members gave short statements about Karesse, recalling a cousin, niece, sister, student, the friend who was a second mother to her two younger brothers, the fashion expert who helped a friend with her hair right before graduation, the baby held by an adoring uncle the day she came home from the hospital. Over and over, those who spoke told the teens in the sanctuary to talk with their parents, to listen to their parents, to remember what happened and be careful.

Shar-ron McCullough admitted to an overriding anger at his niece's death.
"When I got the news that my niece went on to glory and the way she went, revenge steps into my heart," he said. "Something like this happens to the family, revenge steps in. It was hard as an ogre to let go. It was real hard. On Dec. 10, 1979, I lost my oldest brother. He left in a tragic way. I know today that Michael has Karesse. He's shown Karesse the gate, he's teaching Karesse what to say. When I think about my brother Michael, he gives me confidence. I know Karesse will be all right."

Karesse Ebron was buried in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale with nearly 100 people in attendance.

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Pascack Brook searched for murder weapon

SPRING VALLEY — The bat used to kill 16-year-old Karesse Ebron remains missing, police said yesterday.

Officers spent the Fourth of July wading in Pascack Brook in search of a black baseball bat. Officers had earlier searched the brook looking for Ebron and later found evidence in the water.

The youth-league-style, graphite bat had been seen and apparently handled by people. Police were told a person had found it covered with blood and tossed it back into the brook.

The bat may no longer have value as evidence, given how long it has been in the water, police said. But police want to recover it as part of the investigation.

Ramapo Detective Sgt. John Lynch said yesterday that police had gotten information that the bat was seen floating near Imperial Gardens Apartments on North Main Street in the village.

State troopers and Ramapo and Spring Valley police spent Tuesday searching the brook from the complex to Route 45, including where it ran through culverts.

"We feel we did a good job looking for the bat given the heavy volume of rain and the debris in the brook," Lynch said. "We may have missed it amid the rising water and debris."

Ryan Ross, 22, of Spring Valley, who is charged with killing Ebron, told police that he threw the bat into the brook, Lynch said.

Ross, a neighbor of Ebron's at Creekside Circle, also told Spring Valley Detective Roxanne Lopes and State Police Investigator Brian Tumulty where to find Ebron's body, police said.

The Ramapo High School student's badly decomposed body was found June 28 along Route 45, across the road from Eugene Levy Memorial Park. She had been missing since June 13.

Police found Ebron's cell phone and car keys in Pascack Brook, Lynch said.
"Certainly, if somebody removed a bat from the brook, we ask that they call us," Lynch said.

A grand jury has indicted Ross on a charge of second-degree murder. He faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Anyone who has seen or found a black youth-league-style baseball bat in or near Pascack Brook is asked to call the Ramapo Police Department at 845-357-2400, the Spring Valley Police Department at 845-356-7400 or your local police department.

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Ross arraigned in Spring Valley girl's slaying

NEW CITY — The man accused of killing 16-year-old Karesse Ebron of Spring Valley was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in state Supreme Court yesterday.

After his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty, Ryan Ross, 22, was sent back to the county jail without bail.

Unlike an earlier court date — when Ebron's father had to be restrained when Ross was brought before a judge and her mother nearly collapsed in grief — the proceedings before state Supreme Court Justice William Nelson were brief and quietly official.

Ross' attorney, Gerard Damiani, waived a reading of the charges and said he would reserve the right to discuss possible bail later.

Prosecutor Louis Valvo said that his office could go to trial now if it had to, and that the Rockland District Attorney's Office had no plans to charge Ross, 22, of Spring Valley, with anything other than second-degree murder. He requested that no bail be set.

Ross is due in court again at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 1 before Judge Catherine Bartlett.

For the 10 minutes the court proceeding took, Ross stood between police officers in an orange jumpsuit, black laceless tennis shoes and silver bulletproof vest, never looking at a 15-member audience that included his mother and Karesse Ebron's parents, grandparents and several uncles and aunts.

Ross' family and friends sat silently on one side of the courtroom, and Ebron's on the other. The two families barely looked at each other.

After Ross was taken out of the courtroom, court officers requested that Ebron's family remain in their seats and escorted out the eight members of Ross' family and friends who were in court. Once they were in the courthouse elevator, court officers allowed Ebron's family to leave.

Outside the courthouse, Ross' family and friends walked quickly to their cars and left. About 10 minutes later, Ebron's family walked out the doors.

"It's a small compensation for a life, but that's what the justice system is," Kenneth Ebron, Karesse's father, said as his wife, Sharene, walked over to a bench, sat down and stared at the ground, family members on either side of her. "It's very important to let society know and to let him know that this is not going away."

Curnell Brandon of the Bronx, Karesse Ebron's grandfather, said yesterday's court appearance was the first time he had seen Ross.

"It's the first time I saw him — I'll take that to my grave," he said. "What he did was wrong. It takes an animal to hit somebody four times in the back of the head with a baseball bat and leave her there. This is like going through hell."

Brandon said he helped in the two-week search that police, neighbors and family undertook between the time Karesse Ebron went missing June 13 and when her badly decomposed body was found across from Eugene Levy Memorial Park.

"She's my granddaughter. The third generation. She's supposed to see me in the ground, I'm not supposed to see her in the ground. Nobody wants to see their granddaughter going into the ground. No grandparent wants to go through all this right here," he said. "We want justice. That's the only thing you want — justice."

Gloria McCullough of the Bronx, Sharene Ebron's mother, said she has tried to give her daughter the strength to survive these first weeks.

McCullough's son, Michael, was violently killed years ago and she knows what her daughter is going through.

"I just try to be strong for her. All this court part — it's no joke. Like I told her, just hold your head up," McCullough said. "Little by little, you will come up. We just hope for the best. That's all we can do."

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New scholarship honors slain Spring Valley teen

SPRING VALLEY - A former teacher of slaying victim Karesse Ebron has established a scholarship fund in the teen's name.

The Karesse Ebron Scholarship Fund will award $500 each year to a special-education student looking to continue his or her education beyond high school.

"I felt that she was a wonderful student, and her memory should continue in our school," said Erica Regalbuto, a special-education teacher at the Ramapo Freshman Center who is organizing the fund.

Ebron, 16, of Spring Valley was killed in June. Ryan Ross, 22, of Spring Valley is accused of beating her to death with a baseball bat. He is due Jan. 8 in County Court for pretrial hearings.

Regalbuto, who helped search for Ebron when she was reported missing, had warm memories of the teen.

Ebron developed a rapport with Regalbuto's two young daughters.

"They would come to my school, and she would take their hands and walk them around the school or play a game with them," Regalbuto said. "She just had a big heart."

Ebron didn't let her learning disability hold her back, Regalbuto said.
"She just had a lot of spunk," she said. "She was never going to let anything stop her."

More than $1,000 has been raised for the scholarship fund so far. About $800, Regalbuto said, was raised at a homecoming dance at Ramapo High School held Nov. 4 - Ebron's birthday.

Much of Ebron's family attended, including her mother, Sharene.

Sharene Ebron said students cheered when a teacher introduced her to the crowd.

"Those kids screamed and screamed," she said. "That was a day I would never ever forget."

Sharene Ebron said she was grateful to Regalbuto and to the East Ramapo school board, which approved the fund's creation.

She said she hoped the fund would encourage special-education students.

"If your child has a learning disability or your child is in special ed, it doesn't mean they can't accomplish their goals and make something of themselves," Ebron said.

Karesse Ebron had a goal, her mother said: She wanted to go to college to study criminal justice.

"I think she would be very honored" by the scholarship fund, Sharene Ebron said.

"I can see her now," she said, "smiling down on me."

To contribute to the Karesse Ebron Scholarship Fund, call Regalbuto at the Ramapo Freshman Center at 845-577-6100.

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Exclamation Hearing set for man in Spring Valley teen's killing

Hearing set for man in Spring Valley teen's killing

NEW CITY - A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday on the legality of evidence on murder charges against Ryan Ross of Spring Valley.

Ross, 23, is charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Karesse Ebron, 16, who lived in the same Spring Valley housing development as Ross.

After the County Court hearing, Judge Catherine Bartlett will rule on whether Ross waived his rights to self-incrimination when he spoke to police.

Ross' lawyer, Gerard Damiani, said the judge also will be asked to determine whether Ross voluntarily left his house for questioning if the police didn't have a warrant.

Prosecutor Louis Valvo said police officers would testify about Ross's arrest and other details. Ross gave a video-taped statement after his arrest on June 28.

On June 28, police found Ebron's badly decomposed body under leaves in a wooded area off Route 45, across from Eugene Levy Memorial Park. She had been killed on June 13 and missing.

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Exclamation Spring Valley man pleads guilty to baseball-bat killing of girl, 16

Spring Valley man pleads guilty to baseball-bat killing of girl, 16

A Spring Valley man pleaded guilty yesterday to murdering his 16-year-old neighbor by beating her with a baseball bat at a secluded area off Route 45 in Ramapo.

Ryan Ross faces 22 years to life in prison when sentenced March 1 for second-degree murder in the June 13 slaying of Karesse Ebron.

As Ross, 23, admitted killing Ebron, her mother, Sheren, broke down and began weeping. She shut her eyes and leaned her head on the left shoulder of a man sitting to her right. He wiped away tears from her eyes and cheeks.

The plea in County Court came hours after Ross' videotaped statement was played during a hearing on whether or not a jury should see statements if the case went to trial.

His lawyer, Gerard Damiani of New City, said the detailed, video-taped statement given to prosecutor Louis Valvo and police contributed to Ross' decision to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence less than the maximum.

Ross' original defense was that he was under stress and killed Ebron during an extreme emotional disturbance.

Ross told police that Ebron had told him she was pregnant and that she had refused his request to have an abortion.

Her body was too badly decomposed for the Rockland medical examiner to determine if she had indeed been pregnant.

Her parents have said they were unaware of any relationship between their daughter and Ross.

On the night of June 13, Ross drove Ebron from their Creekside Circle housing development in Spring Valley to an area across from Eugene Levy Memorial Park.

Her decomposing body was found under a pile of leaves on June 28. Ross told police where to find the body.

Judge Catherine Bartlett accepted Ross' plea and promised to sentence him to 22 years to life.

"Mr. Ross, this court has taken into consideration your age and the fact that you had no prior criminal history," Bartlett said. "The court also wants to spare the family the ordeal of hearing what I listened to on videotape."
Valvo had recommended the maximum prison term of 25 years to life and said his office would oppose parole after 22 years.

Spring Valley police began an investigation after Ebron disappeared June 13. Ramapo police assisted and became involved because her body was found in Ramapo.

Spring Valley Detective Roxanne Lopez, a lead investigator in the case, testified during the suppression hearing and was present with other officers when Ross pleaded guilty.

Ross answered questions from Valvo and the judge. He didn't say more than "yes, sir" or "yes, Your Honor."

Five armed court officers and sheriff's officers surrounded him.

During Ross' arraignment in Ramapo Justice Court on June 29, the victim's father, Kenneth, went after Ross in the courtroom, screaming, "I'll kill him." Police held him back.

After the hearing, Damiani said the videotaped statement was devastating to any psychiatric defense. He said the tape would make it difficult for a jury to accept that Ross acted in a sudden fit of anger because he felt pressure.

"He had a lot of stress and the girl's effort to manipulate him, as he says on the videotape, was too great," Damiani said.

"It's a tragic case and certainly more tragic for the family of the victim," Damiani said. "There is tragedy for Mr. Ross and his family. The kid has worked three jobs, and grew up in Spring Valley without any contact with the police until now."

Ebron's mother and most of her family and friends declined to comment yesterday.

"The family is still distraught and understandably it's been a very emotional day," District Attorney Michael Bongiorno said after meeting with the family following the guilty plea.

One cousin, Gregory McCray, called Ebron's death a tragedy and said Ross has wasted his life.

"It's just a shame," McCray said. "Her life is gone and his life is over with."
Bongiorno said the fact a young girl was killed made this case tougher than most homicides. He said Ross would likely serve more than 22 years in prison because he probably won't get paroled on the first try at age 45.
"We're happy he admitted his guilt," Bongiorno said. "This case shows how powerful videotaped statements can be."

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Spring Valley man gets 20 to life in 16-year-old girl's murder

NEW CITY - Ryan Ross was sentenced this morning to 22 years to life in prison for the murder of Karesse Ebron, 16.

The maximum sentence possible was 25 years to life. The judge agreed to the lower sentence after Ross agreed to plead guilty in January, while the prosecution and family wanted the maximum.

Prosecutor Louis Valvo and Judge Catherine Bartlett both cited Ross' lack of remorse in the sentencing.

"Your attitude, this court believes, is 'life is cheap,'" Bartlett said. "That makes you a dangerous human being."

Ross, 23, had claimed he killed Ebron because she was pregnant with his child.

"Your excuse for killing her," Bartlett said, "made no sense."

Ebron's mother, Sharene McCullough asked the court to spare him no leniency.

"Karesse had no chance to fight back at all for her life," she said, "because he ... beat her over and over in the head with a bat because he was a cold-hearted and a cowardly person who only thought about himself."

Ross declined to speak at his sentencing, but his attorney, Gerard Damiani, apologized on behalf of Ross and Ross' family.

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