Authorities in New York have confirmed that a body found at a storage facility in Staten Island this week is missing teacher and mother Jeanine Cammarata – and both the victim’s estranged husband and his girlfriend have been charged with murder.
As the New York Post reports, the NYPD announced on Twitter that they are now treating Cammarata’s disappearance and death as a homicide after confirming that the remains — reportedly badly burned — found Thursday morning are hers.
Cammarata’s estranged husband Michael Cammarata has been in police custody since earlier this week, when he was charged with assault over a previous incident involving the murder victim. As CrimeOnline previously reported, NYPD Assistant Chief William Aubry said in a press conference Thursday that authorities were seeking to charge Michael Cammarata in his estranged wife’s presumed murder.
On Friday, the NYPD announced the arrest of both Michael Cammarata and his girlfriend Ayisha Egea, each charged with second-degree murder.
UPDATE: The investigation into the disappearance of Jeanine Cammarata is now officially a murder investigation. Working closely with @StatenIslandDA, we have arrested Michael Cammarata & Ayisha Egea, both charged with Murder 2° #jeaninecammarata pic.twitter.com/mLSd72wmhU
— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) April 5, 2019
The victim was a mother of three and a public school teacher in Staten Island. She was reportedly last seen on Saturday night leaving her boyfriend’s house, and said she was going to meet her estranged husband, who she had served with divorce papers just two days before. On Monday, she missed a court date for a custody hearing, and her boyfriend reported her missing on Tuesday.
The suspects are expected to be arraigned on Friday afternoon on multiple charges. According to the New York Post report, police sources said that Egea was present for the killing and helped Michael Cammarata with the murder, but the details of her alleged involvement with the crime are not yet known.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
[Feature image: Jeanine Cammarata/Courtesy Jessica Pobega]