DEBARY, FL. (THECOUNT) — Gail Cleavenger has been identified as the Florida mother strangled at the family home in DeBary late Thursday night. She was later located buried and burned in a church firepit.

Cleavenger had been reported missing by police via Florida press outlets on Thursday.


Gregory Ramos, Cleavenger’s 15-year-old son, is being charged with the murder of his mother after her body was found buried under a fire pit at River City Church, located at, 267 E Highbanks Rd, in DeBary, FL, early Saturday morning, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies say, Ramos strangled his mom and then used a wheelbarrow to load her into her van and buried her beneath a fire pit early Friday.

According to the sheriff’s office, Ramos later confessed to killing his mother and implicated his friends.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says Gregory Ramos confessed to killing his mother, 46-year-old Gail Cleavenger, by strangling her at the family’s home on Alicante Road in DeBary late Thursday night. Sheriff’s officials said Ramos enlisted the help of two friends to stage a burglary at the home on Alicante. The friends, both juveniles, are also in custody and facing multiple criminal charges. source

Deputies said they recovered the items removed from the home in the staged burglary, including a computer, a Playstation 4, a rifle and other items.

Deputies said they also recovered a shovel and broom used to bury Cleavenger and straighten up the scene around the fire pit.

Cleavenger worked as a project architect for Bentley Architects + Engineers Inc. Her bio touts “over 15 years of experience” including, “client relations, schematic design, specification writing.” She was once selected as “Bentley Architects Spotlight Employee.” She was also featured in the Orlando Business Journal in 2016 as a business “Person On The Move.”

Anyone with possible additional information on the deadly incident should contact police at 911.