Police in New York have arrested two people in connection with the death of Jeanine Cammarata, a teacher and mother of three from Staten Island who went missing last weekend.
New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea tweeted on Friday that Michael Cammarata and Ayisha Egea were both charged with second-degree murder.
“The investigation into the disappearance of Jeanine Cammarata is now officially a murder investigation,” Shea wrote.
Michael Cammarata, 42, and Egea, 41, who live together in Queens, were also charged with concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence, according to Staten Island Live.
On Thursday, the NYPD was working to identify charred remains found in an Arden Avenue storage facility on Staten Island.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said on Friday that a “positive identification made through dental records” confirmed the remains were 37-year-old Jeanine Cammarata, SI Live reports. Her cause of death is still pending.
Jeanine Cammarata was last seen on Saturday evening on her way from Staten Island to her estranged husband’s apartment in Queens, amNewYork reports.
Her friends showed concern when she didn’t show up to work at either PS 29 or a Monday court appearance related to her divorce, and reported her missing on Tuesday.
Jose Perez, Jeanine Cammarata's landlord, told CBS2 New York earlier this week that he hadn’t seen her vehicle parked outside her apartment for several days.
Michael Cammarata was already in police custody for an unrelated 2016 domestic dispute when Jeanine Cammarata's remains were found, SI Live reports.
Jeanine and Michael separated two years ago. She began the divorce process back in February, which led to a custody battle for their two kids (her other child is from a previous relationship), the New York Times reports.
The disappearance came less than two days after Michael Cammarata was officially served divorce papers, reports SI Live.
Jeanine Cammarata’s lawyer, Eric Gansberg, said that the hearing she missed on Monday was a divorce-and-child-custody hearing.
“All I could think about was the kids, and my heart broke,” Gansberg told SI Live.
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