02/01/19 – State v. Ricardo Carrillo-Santiago – Guilty Verdict After Trial

Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announces a guilty verdict after trial in the above-referenced matter.

On January 31, 2019, Ricardo Carrillo-Santiago of Millville, was found guilty by a Cumberland County Jury of the following offenses:

 

  1. Murder, 1st degree, 2 Counts, both with Aggravating Factors
  2. Unlawful Disposal of Human Remains, 2nd degree, 2 Counts

 

On December 1, 2015, family members of victims Neidy Ramirez and her three-month old child Genesis Ramirez responded to the Vineland Police Department after having been unable to locate or contact Neidy.  Investigation revealed that a witness observed Neidy Ramirez’ vehicle abandoned by exit 45 on New Jersey Route 55.  Investigators opened a missing persons investigation and developed Neidy’s estranged husband, defendant Ricardo Carrillo-Santiago.  Through investigation it was revealed that defendant killed both Neidy and Genesis at their Vineland Apartment located on Quince Street and disposed of their bodies at a game preserve located off of Backneck Road in Fairfield Township.  Investigators responded to the game preserve where they recovered the bodies of both victims.

 

The defendant faces consecutive mandatory terms of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the murder convictions, and an additional five to ten years imprisonment, concurrent or consecutive, for the unlawful disposal of human remains convictions.

 

The investigation was a joint effort between the Vineland Police Department, New Jersey State Police, and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.  The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutors Lesley Snock and Angelica Carrasco.  Defendant was represented by Dinaz Akhtar, Esquire.

*If this press release involves the charging, accusation or indictment of a criminal defendant, same is merely an accusation.  The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.