Human remains found off a state highway in Orange County last week have been identified as those of Ramona Moore, a 35-year-old Bronx woman who vanished from her apartment in July 2012, according to a preliminary dental records match made during an autopsy Monday, authorities say.
The revelation comes days before a scheduled hearing in the murder trial of Nasean Bonie, a 29-year-old building superintendent indicted in Moore's disappearance. Court records indicate Bonie and Moore argued about rent and fought in the days before she vanished.
Bonie would have been the first person to face a murder trial in the Bronx where there was no body. He is due in Bronx Supreme Court Wednesday to be sentenced for assaulting his wife and for a previously scheduled conference hearing related to the Moore case.
He has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges in her death.
The remains were found Friday by workers cutting trees near State Route 208 and Captain Carpenter Road in Blooming Grove. State Police are assisting in the investigation.
Moore has four children in Queens, according to the Daily News.