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‘I Have To Do This For The Children’: Friends Of Missing NYC Teacher Report Getting Strange Texts From Her Phone

The NYPD are on the lookout for 37-year-old Jeanine Cammarata, who reportedly has been locked in a custody dispute with her ex-husband.

By Ethan Harfenist
Jeanine Cammarata

Friends of a New York City public school teacher who's been missing since the weekend have reported receiving strange text messages from her cellphone.

The NYPD’s 120th Precinct, located on Staten Island, on Tuesday tweeted that they were on the lookout for a 37-year-old woman named Jeanine Cammarata, who was last seen on March 30.

Her boyfriend called 911 on Saturday and said she was gone; she last seen leaving his New Springville apartment to meet up with her estranged husband and see their kids, according to WABC in New York.

Cammarata, a mother of three, didn’t show up to work at PS 29 on Monday, WABC reports. She also has a second job at a Dollar Tree store on Staten Island that she hasn’t been to since last week.

Elizabeth Torres, a coworker at Dollar Tree told WABC, “She let me know Friday she was going to pick up her children Saturday.”

Meanwhile, Cammarata’s best friend, Jessica Pobega, told the outlet that she had received a series of concerning texts from a person claiming to be Cammarata the day following her disappearance. After Pobega said she was calling the police, the person replied: “I don’t want that. I have the kids…I apologize. I have to do this for the children.”

"But she didn't see the children this weekend so I don't know who that was and what they were covering for," Pobega told WABC. "She's my oldest friend. My mother is distraught. Something happened. Something bad happened. And I don't know what it is and I really hope I'm wrong." 

Jose Perez, Cammarata’s friend and landlord, said he hasn’t seen her vehicle parked outside her apartment since last week.

“She would always text me or something, she would let me know if she was going somewhere. So that’s why I just couldn’t believe that she was actually missing,” he said, according to CBS2 New York.

The outlet also spoke with Cammarata’s sister, Christine Ross, who lives in Florida. Ross said that her sister has been locked in a custody battle for her children, who live with their father, Cammarata’s ex-husband.

“She was supposed to have an appearance Monday and she never showed,” Ross said.

Police also said that another of Cammarata’s friends allegedly received a text from her saying that she simply wanted to get away, according to WABC.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.