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Body found in New York City storage facility; police investigating connection to missing teacher

Jeanine Cammarata
Posted at 11:46 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 14:46:33-04

NEW YORK CITY — A body discovered Thursday morning at a New York City storage facility is being investigated in connection with a public school teacher who went missing on Saturday, police said.

The remains were found at a storage locker in the Arden Heights section of Staten Island a day after missing teacher Jeanine Cammarata's estranged husband, Michael Cammarata, was charged with assaulting his wife, according to the New York Police Department.

“The NYPD early Thursday discovered remains on Staten Island and is working now to make a positive identification," reads a statement from the NYPD. "More information will be made available as soon as it is confirmed. A connection to the missing teacher case in the 120 precinct has not been verified at this time. That investigation remains ongoing.”

New York City police have charged the estranged husband of a missing schoolteacher with assault even as she remains unheard from in five days.

Michael Cammarata, 42, was charged with assault on Wednesday, according to police. His estranged wife, Jeanine Cammarata, remains missing.

Michael Cammarata has not been charged in connection with his wife's disappearance. He has been in custody since Tuesday and was charged with assault after allegedly admitting to hitting Jeanine in the past, according to New York ABC station WABC.

Jeanine Cammarata, 37, is a substitute teacher at PS 29 on Staten Island and also works part time at Dollar Tree. She did not show up for either job this week and hasn't been seen since Saturday night, according to the New York Police Department.

Detectives were seen searching her apartment in New Brighton on Wednesday evening.

The couple was in the process of divorcing and were in a legal dispute over custody of their three children.

Eric Gansberg, her lawyer, told WABC on Wednesday that he had not spoken to his client this week and feared the worst. She did not show up for a scheduled court hearing this week, he said.

"I've been doing this for over 35 years, nothing would surprise me," said Gansberg. "This does not sound like it's going to end well."

Jeanine Cammarata was reported missing by her current boyfriend Saturday night after she left his apartment and he could not reach her. Her boyfriend has been interviewed and is cooperating with police.