Missing NewYork public school teacher sent cryptic text to roommate after disappearing
A handful of texts were sent from the phone of a missing Staten Island mother in the hours after she vanished over the weekend, police sources said Wednesday.
One of the messages sent from city school teacher Jeanine Cammarata’s phone to her roommate, simply read, “I need a break,” police sources said.
Cops are trying to ascertain the meaning of the text -- and if Cammarata, 37, sent the bizarre missive to her worried friend.
Cammarata was last seen Saturday at about 9 p.m. after she dropped off her boyfriend near Denker Place and McVeigh Ave in New Springville.
She told her beau that her next stop was to meet up with her estranged husband to visit her three children, cops said.
After being missing for more than 36 hours, her roommate, Jessica Pobega, received a few texts from Cammarata’s cellphone, one of which read “I need a break,” sources said.
When Pobega said that she was going to call the police, whoever was on Cammarata’s phone wrote. “I don’t want that.”
“I apologize. I have to do this for the children,” a follow up text read.
Pobega said she doesn’t believe Cammarata wrote the texts.
“If anyone has heard from her (confirmed that you saw or actually HEARD her voice in the last 48 hours) please contact me, or please call the 120th Precinct,” Pobega wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
“She’s never once NOT called into school. She’d never risk her job at the board of Ed in NYC. She’d never NOT check in with me or her sister Christine. She didn’t call her mother for her bday, which was yesterday.”
“There are a lot of people very worried,” Pobega wrote.
Police said Cammarata did not show up to work as a substitute teacher on Monday or Tuesday at PS 29 in Castleton Corners. She also missed her shift at her second job at a nearby Dollar Tree store, sources said.
Cammarata was reported missing on Tuesday. Detectives have questioned her exhusband, her boyfriend and a co-worker at the Dollar Tree.
While the texts appear to be from a distraught woman, Cammarata has no documented history of mental illness, said police sources.
Cammarata’s car, a 2017 white Chevy Cruze with NY plate HSK8417 hasn’t been found, cops said.
“If you see her or the car, call 911,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said in a tweet Wednesday.