Marine Cpl. Aaron Saran and Omadevi (Annie) Saran hold their marriage certificate and (inset) seal deal with a big kiss. Last October, cops found her body, burned beyond recognition, in the backseat of her car while Saran was at Camp Pendleton.
The body of Omadevi (Annie) Saran, 22, was found at 4 a.m. on Oct. 9, 2010. She had been burned beyond recognition in her white 2000 BMW on 130th St. and Jamaica Ave. in Queens while her husband, Cpl. Aaron Saran, was stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., ready to be deployed to Afghanistan.
This gruesome murder barely made news.
Worse, it’s hardly been an NYPD investigation, according to the grieving husband, who will be deployed overseas next week.
So Cpl. Saran flew into town on military leave last week to hire private detective Ed Dowd, a retired NYPD homicide detective, because he believes detectives of the 102nd Precinct Squad are doing nothing to solve his wife’s murder.
Aaron met Annie at a family function in 2006. They married on June 6, 2009.
“I joined the Marines in September 2009,” Saran says. “I was stationed in Camp Pendleton in October 2010, scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in February 2011. On Oct. 1, Annie flew to New York to visit her mother. I was going to meet Annie in Queens on leave on Oct. 12.”
The Sarans kept a joint bank account where Annie held money for her Guyanese immigrant mother, who needed to withdraw $5,000 to lend to a friend.
Then on Oct. 8, Aaron didn’t hear from Annie.
“Her phone went straight to voicemail all day and night,” he says. “And in addition to the $5,000 withdrawn for her mom, another $7,000 was missing. I called Annie’s family. They hadn’t seen or heard from her in over 24 hours.”
Cpl. Saran filed a missing persons report in San Diego. Annie’s family tried to make a similar report at the 106th Precinct in Queens, but Aaron claims they wouldn’t take it.
“I couldn’t sleep all night, worrying,” he says.
Back in Queens, Aaron’s mother called the 102nd Precinct about Annie. She was told cops found her BMW. Burning. With the body of a woman in the backseat. They thought it was Annie.
“I cried all night,” Aaron said.
“They stopped treating me like a suspect,” he says. “They told me Annie had received a phone call on Oct. 8 from a pay phone in Manhattan. Security camera footage showed a man on that pay phone at that same time. It was Annie’s uncle, Victor Persuad, a truck driver for Fresh Direct.”