Ex-husband of mother-of-three teacher, 37, and his girlfriend are charged with her murder after her charred remains were found in Staten Island storage facility
The ‘charred and unidentifiable’ body was found in a black plastic bag surrounded by air fresheners at a public storage facility early Thursday morning
Authorities say it is the body of deceased public school teacher and mother-of-three Jeanine Cammarata
Her estranged husband Michael Cammarata, 42, and his girlfriend Ayisha Egea, 41, have now been charged with murdering, burning and trying to conceal her body
Jeanine and Michael were in the middle of a custody battle and she had served him divorce papers less than 48 hours before she vanished
She was last seen late Saturday when she dropped her boyfriend at his home, before going to visit Michael and their children, who live with him
Michael was taken into police custody and charged assault Tuesday evening after he allegedly admitted to punching Jeanine in the face on the night she went missing – Those charges were upgraded following the discovery of her remains.
Investigators have allegedly obtained video of Michael carrying a large bag out of his apt shortly after Jeanine arrived on Saturday night, the same bin he was later seen lugging at the storage facility where the body was found
Michael Cammarata has been arrested over the death of his estranged wife Jeanine Cammarata after her charred remains were found in a Staten Island storage facility. He was charged with second-degree murder on Friday
Cammarata is seen above in Staten Island court on Friday, where he was charged along with girlfriend in the death of his wife following positive forensic identification of her remains on Thursday
Sources say Egea informed police about the storage unit, which was filled with air fresheners allegedly intended to mask the stench of the corpse. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted Friday: ‘The investigation into the disappearance of Jeanine Cammarata is now officially a murder investigation. ‘Working closely with [the] Staten Island DA we have arrested Michael Cammarata & Ayisha Egea, both charged with [second-degree] murder.’ Investigators have allegedly obtained surveillance footage which shows Michael carrying a large plastic bin out of his apartment in the Queens shortly after Jeanine arrived on Saturday night. He was later seen unloading the bin with the help of another person at a storage facility in Staten Island, where police recovered a woman’s body early Thursday.
Investigators reportedly had struggled to make a positive identification of the victim as the corpse was ‘charred and unidentifiable’ before being placed in a black plastic bag. Sources say Egea, Michael’s girlfriend, told police about the storage unit, which was filled with air fresheners allegedly intended to hide the stench of the body. Egea, 41, is also charged with concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence after her new boyfriend’s estranged wife was found dead.
Jeanine [left] reportedly served her estranged husband Michael Cammarata [right] with divorce papers less than 48 hours before she vanished on the night of March 30. Investigators allegedly, have obtained surveillance footage showing the suspect carrying a large plastic bin out of his apt in Queens shortly after Jeanine arrived on Saturday night
Police forensics team members in white Tyvek suits were seen removing evience out of the storage facility on Thursday
Jeanine was last seen at about 9pm Saturday when she dropped her boyfriend off at his house and said she was going to visit Michael and their three-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter, who live with him. Later that night she sent several alarming messages to friends. Jeanine’s boyfriend reported her missing on Tuesday after she failed to show up for work at elementary school P.S. 29 in Castleton Corner or her side job at Dollar Tree. She had missed a child custody hearing on Monday, according to the attorney handling her divorce, Eric Gansberg. ‘It just doesn’t make sense to me,’ Gansberg said. ‘She was so eager to proceed. She wanted to be with her children. I cannot imagine her just walking away.’
By Tuesday afternoon Michael was questioned by police about Jeanine’s disappearance and allegedly admitted to police that he had hit her in the face after they had sex on Saturday, according to WPIX-TV. He was initially charged with stalking, harassment, and assault. Those charges were upgraded following the discovery of her remains. The van that Michael allegedly drove from Queens to Staten Island on Saturday night has also reportedly been recovered by police.